Our family of fourteen well-seasoned travelers has decided that La Casa Iguana may have been our best travel decision ever!
The house is so well done...an architectural gem that is beautifully married to the landscape...as though it just sprang organically from the rocky cliff. Being respectful of Ecuadorian culture gives the house a strong sense of place: very appreciated by visitors who travel to experience the heritage of a locale.
My eighty-four year old mother spent most of her time at the casa due to her travel limitations, but she enjoyed almost as many wildlife encounters as the rest of us! Being perched over the bay, she sat on the patio and witnessed a constant parade of sharks, rays, sea lions, turtles and birds! The ocean was her personal entertainment aquarium!
But, the very best experience at La Casa Iguana is the warm and welcoming attention of Alejandro, Marianna and Esperanza. What an amazing staff! We felt so welcome and so cared for...they are warm-hearted, generous, good and honest people who anticipated problems and jumped in to correct them before we even knew they existed. They truly move beyond the role of house caretakers and enter the realm of trip enhancers...they are an invaluable resource. Thank goodness, they, also, enjoy a good laugh...as my family's grasp of the Spanish language is atrocious! We used phone apps, hand signals and charades to communicate...often keeping all of us in fits of giggles at our mishaps! Expect some!
Juan, too, was so generous with his advice and in helping us to make payments on day trips ahead of our arrival; a welcome assist since credit cards are universally not accepted.
I would like to take that last point to comment on a worry we had about being land-based on this trip vs prepaid and boat-based. A lot of people don't even realize that basing on land is an option...everything is so focused on boat travel in advertisements. We chose to base on land simply because a few in our family are prone to terrible seasickness. A stroke of good luck that turned out to be! I feel like our Galapagos experience was so much more "local" by staying at La Casa Iguana and interacting daily with the islanders and their way of life. It added an authenticity I don't think we would have experienced isolated and prepackaged on a boat. Plus, booking boat day trips allowed us to visit eight islands! We "saw it all", and our money stayed with the islanders.
When I return, it will only be to La Casa Iguana!