Snorkeling enthusiasts should visit Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock, a short distance offshore from Playa de Oro. The Galápagos is known for its stunning underwater landscapes, and these two formations attract some of the most interesting wildlife in the area. Sea turtles are known to congregate around each one.
Casa Opuntia is within walking distance from the Interpretation Center. This small educational facility has a boardwalk and exhibits that explain the significance of the Galápagos’ rare ecosystem. If you take a short drive inland from the hotel, you’ll arrive at Laguna El Junco. This lake is often covered in mist, but on a clear day you’ll see a variety of exotic birds bathing in the clear waters.
Casa Opuntia has comfortable accommodations, and a layout designed to make sure you get the most out of the outdoor areas. This hotel faces the waterfront, and is located a few steps from the shoreline. The hotel prides itself on its helpful, bilingual staff and its sustainable use of resources. Casa Opuntia makes a concerted effort to produce as little trash as possible.
You can also use the hotel Wi-Fi in a variety of communal areas. On the patio, you’ll find lots of lounge chairs and hammocks. There’s an outdoor dining area, where you can nosh on one of the seafood specialties cooked up by the hotel kitchen.
Gardens on the hotel grounds showcase a variety of local flowers, species that you won’t find anywhere outside of the Galápagos. There’s also an outdoor pool with a view of the beach. This is a great spot to watch local sea lions frolic.
The rooms here are fresh and open, with large windows and bold artwork. All rooms have a private bathroom and air conditioning, and many rooms have balconies with enviable views of the water. You can store your valuables in the room’s safety deposit box. Inquire if you’d like to make use of the hotel’s laundry service.