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“Fantastic place to stay in Galapagos”
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View of front of house
Entrance and dining room
Living room and door to patio
Living room
Living room
Dining room and office area
Dining room and kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Office area
Seating area near kitchen
Patio and garden
Patio and garden
Patio
Side deck and garden
Patio and garden
Stairs leading to second floor
Downstairs bedroom with queen bed and ensuite bathroom
Entrance to twin (kids) room, located on second floor, with an ensuite bathroom
Twin (kids) room on second floor, with ensuite bathroom. Bedroom has children's books
Twin (kids) room on second floor, with ensuite bathroom. Bedroom has children's books
Twin (kids) room has a locking interconnecting door with master bedroom. Can be open or closed
Master bedroom (upstairs) with ensuite bathroom and bathtub
Reading area outside master bedroom, with access to balcony
Reading area outside master bedroom, with access to balcony
Small balcony with view of garden, and access to rooftop patio
Rooftop patio with sunchairs and a covered area with seating
Rooftop patio with sunchairs and a covered area with seating
Rooftop patio with sunchairs and a covered area with seating
Rooftop patio with sunchairs and a covered area with seating
Garden
Tortuga Bay (30 min walk from the house along a path within national park)
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

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Tim101032
Bracknell, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to stay in Galapagos”
Reviewed May 16, 2012 for a stay in April 2012
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Tatjana was extremely helpful prior to us arriving in answering all our questions about the rental as well as what was accessible with 3 children, the youngest being 2.

The house and stunning gardens were much larger than appeared in the photos and you couldn't get much closer to the entrance to Tortuga Bay. Everywhere is within walking distance, the main centre of Puerto Ayora was about 10 minute walk (with young children).

Tatjana also put us in touch with a local naturalist Guide, Paul Mcfarling, who was originally from England and who married a Galapagos girl. He was very friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable on the three tours we booked with him. I would certainly recommend booking him for the Charles Darwin Tour as we learnt so much more than we would have done by just walking around the place (there are very little information boards about the place), there is also a little beach near by, just off the road leading to the CDRS which is well worth a stop off on the way back.

All in all a great holiday and we would recommend renting Villa Opuntia and booking tours with Paul Mcfarling.

Date of stay: April 2012
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Traveling group: Family with Young Children
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Colorado
Reviewed April 10, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

Date of stay: March 2012
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Jerusalem
Reviewed April 8, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

Date of stay: March 2012
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CT
Reviewed February 27, 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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Date of stay: February 2012
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Management Response
Feb 27, 2012
Thank you Donna!! It was a pleasure to have you and I hope you return one day... all the best!
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a1helen
Bath, Maine
1 review
“better than expected”
Reviewed February 24, 2012 for a stay in January 2012

Villa Opuntia is situated in a magical walled garden which delights all of ones senses, we were welcomed with a big fruit basket, fresh flowers and fresh bread. Close to town and the trail to Tortuga Bay, I would highly recommend it as THE place to stay when visiting the Galapagos Islands.

Date of stay: January 2012
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Liked best: the beautiful garden
Liked least: loved all of it
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Kim K
Aptos, California
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“Lovely home in Puerto Ayora”
Reviewed January 13, 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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We're a family of six and stayed at this lovely house for four days. It was a perfect arrangement for us. The house is beautiful and spacious. It's less than five minute walk to the entrance of gorgeous Tortuga beach and short distance to town. The location couldn't be any better. We walked every where including to Charles Darwin Center. The owner was exceptional. She answered every of our long list of questions; she also arranged transportation to pick us up upon our arrival which made it much easier after long travel. There are tons of videos that we enjoyed every night after dinner. The house is surely a better choice for family or big group.

Date of stay: January 2012
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Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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jpaull
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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“Villa Tortuga is a peaceful, relaxing, private home.”
Reviewed January 2, 2012 for a stay in December 2011
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person found this review helpful

This is a charming house with a beautiful garden. The rooms are spacious with tall ceilings and the windows are great. One easily feels inside and outside with privacy. The owner was quite thoughtful and attentive to making sure our stay was comfortable. The house is located on the opposite side of town from the Darwin Research Center. It was easy to walk to everything, and at the same time the house feels closer to the Santa Cruz Island community.

Date of stay: December 2011
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Liked best: The privacy, size and feel of the house and the garden.
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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