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Bedrooms 3 / Bathrooms 4 / Sleeps 6 / House
Bedrooms: 3  Bathrooms: 4   Sleeps: 6  Type: House

3 Full baths, 1 Half bath

Casa Opuntia
TripAdvisor property ID 3898848

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Book this 3 bedroom house in Puerto Ayora today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 74 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $1200, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 85% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Feb 18, 2018.

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About the owner

About the owner

Tatjana A.
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Calendar last updated:
18 Feb 2018
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English



Check in time:13:00, Check out time:10:00
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $150.00
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Santa-cruz,-galapagos-islands Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • DVD player
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking - Ask


  • 3 Full baths
  • 1 Half bath


Reviews (74)

Excellent – based on 74 reviews Excellent
74 reviews

Very Good

“Beautiful place!”

Reviewed 10 Mar 2014

Villa Opuntia is a house you only see in dreams, beautiful place to stay in Galapagos. We went with a group of 6 people, very comfortable and have a nice location just next to the path of Tortuga Bay (one of the most beautiful beaches I´ve ever seen). Also you are like 5 blocks from the main bay, were all the restaurants are located, you can walk or take a cab ($1 ride). It is just perfect!. I recommended for everyone who wants to stay in the best place of Santa Cruz, Galapagos. Tatjana, the owner, always answered the e-mails we sent her. Tatjana is very kind, helpful, and patient. Since now, Villa Opuntia will be my "must to stay" place in Galapagos.

Response from the owner Thank you JP! I am glad you had a nice stay and hope you can return one day!

“Charming house with all amenities on Santa Cruz”

Reviewed 31 Mar 2013

If you are thinking of a land based tour of the Galapagos Islands, then a stay at Casa Opuntia is worth considering. This beautiful three bedroom house, a few blocks from the waterfront, is securely tucked behind a private wall and gate and sits amid a stunning garden of cacti, flowering trees and colorful plants. Inside, an open kitchen/living/dining room, with large computer station provide several sitting areas. You will find everything you need in the well-stocked kitchen, including a 6 burner stove and side by side refrigerator. A washer and dryer are right outside the kitchen door. The living room proper has two large and well-cushioned sofas, as well as two swivel chairs, a TV and center coffee table, many current Dvds and a small library. The two downstairs bedrooms, each with bath, are away from the sun, and always cool, making the air-conditioners optional. Upstairs, the spacious master bedroom has a super comfy king size bed, a leather sofa and chair, and ample storage in a floor to ceiling armoire and separate dresser constructed from gorgeous local wood. Adjoining bath comes with a tub and shower combo! The large windows here are screened and nicely appointed with roman blinds. There is an overhead fan as well as a/c. Sliding doors lead from the bedroom to a huge outdoor patio, also accessed through a side door at the top of the stairs. Steps leading from that second floor patio take you to another rooftop level with a bar and bar stools, chaise lounges and hammocks. Careful planning, quality of design and workmanship are evident everywhere in this charming home. The owner, a professional artist, has some of her lovely paintings throughout the house. She is a pleasure to work with and will immediately respond, should you have any questions or concerns. Maid service is always available and can be arranged as you like with the owner. It was a real treat for us to have spent ten days here and it is without hesitation that we highly recommend Casa Opuntia.

Response from the owner Thank you Brian and Valerie! I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Ecuador and safe travels back home

“great experience!”

Reviewed 5 Dec 2012

I was what it was described to be, so no ugly surprises...

“Nice days!”

Reviewed 21 Nov 2012

Excellent services, the home is beatiful, comfortable, with a very good location,the home is ideal for people demanding.


Reviewed 22 Jun 2012

My 14-year-old son and I stayed in this beautiful home while we visited the Galapagos because all the space for the money was totally worth it. (When I was looking for hotels, the ones I was finding online were expensive, over $250.) Tatjana, the owner, answered all my questions in a timely manner. Marco, the taxi driver who picked us up, was great and helpful. Maria, the housekeeper who checked us in and out, was extremely nice. (I speak enough Spanish to get by, so that wasn't ever an issue.) Villa Opuntia had all the comforts of home, including a fully stocked kitchen, a small library, movies, a cell phone for local calls, a washer and dryer...the king-size bed in the master bedroom was so comfortable! I also loved the two rooftop verandas. Though the pictures showed us what the home would look like, we were so pleasantly surprised to see it in person. On the downside (which is very minor), I wasn't used to seeing so many bugs and lizards, but this is an island, so I got used to it. :-) Also, this home is several blocks from the water/dock, but because it's so wonderful, we didn't mind the walk and not being right on the water. By the way, we felt very safe there. The home had an alarm system, but I probably never needed to use it (just habit). If we ever go back to the Galapagos, I'll try to rent this home again or any other property this owner has!!

“A Pertfect Place to Stay on the Galapagos Islands”

Reviewed 10 Apr 2012

We were traveling with four kids (ages 5 to 11), we did not want to book a tour in advance (to maximize flexibility), and we were looking for a comfortable place to stay on the Galapagos Islands - Tatjana's home was by far a perfect place to stay. Located just a few blocks from the harbour heart of Puerto ayora, this home was beautiful, spacious, well-equipped and relaxing. The home is surrounded by a beautiful shaded garden, the kitchen was well equiped, the roof-top deck was a restful place to wait out the heat of the day in a hammock, and the air conditioned bedrooms just what we needed at night. From the house we took 1/2 day excursions to the local beaches/swim holes (Los alemane's beach, Las Griegas, and Tortuga Bay) to swim and snorkle with with the marine wildlife all around (iguanas, seals, skillet rays, sea turtles, beautiful fish, etc.). The local markets were just down the road to shop for meals and there were restaurants aplenty to go to when cooking wasn't in the plans. Though it didn't work out in our plans, the ability to book a trip to other islands was ever-present at the many tour shops within the town. From our initial contact with Tatjana, she was very helpful, friendly, responsive to our many inquiries, and overall very easy to work with - you really couldn't ask for a better homeowner. She had great informational material about the islands at the house (guide information, "how to" directions, etc.). Also, she was very willing and able to help us with contacting a very reliable taxi driver (to and from the airport) and a local guide, Paul, to tour the highlands of the island (lava tube, scalacia forests, giant tortoises, and more). Her caretaker, Maria, was just great to greet us, for touching base about how things were going, and letting us know everything we needed about the house (water, laundry, towels, etc.). I recommend Tatjana's home without reservation and hope to stay there again some day!

“Garden of Eden in Puerto ayora”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2012

We arrived at the gates of this villa and entered a magical place. The tropical garden is just amazing. The home is extremely comfortable with at least three bedrooms. We only used the master suite which had a great bed and beautiful picture windows that looked out on the green. Also aC. Large and well equipped kitchen. Nice patio. Another major benefit of this villa is its close proximity to Tortuga Bay-- a national park whose entrance is only a few minutes walk from the rental. 2.5 km. later, you reach the most beautiful white sandy beach, filled with birds, crabs and iguanas. amazing experience. The city is a 10-minute walk in the opposite direction. So, great location! Thanks Tatyana for your wonderful service.

“Nicest rental in Puerto ayora!”

Reviewed 27 Feb 2012

I think this was the largest house in the small village, and it most assuredly had the most gorgeous grounds. Every attention to detail has been paid to make this the one and only one vacation rental in Puerto ayora. The linens are new and luxurious and the queen bed upstairs is the most comfy bed I've ever had. All three decks offer a spectacular view. The grounds are immaculate with many footpaths. All of the flowers and cactus were in full bloom so it was simply breathtaking. The property sits behind a rock wall and with all the green vegetation, it's almost hard to see the house except for the fact of the third floor deck. But that was OK with me because it felt much more private. Very safe neighborhood; very very short walk to talk; maybe a 10-15 minute walk to Darwin Center; entrance to Tortuga Bay (which everyone has to enter through) is less than 5 minutes, but walking the well-made trail to Tortuga Bay is a good 15 minute fast walk, or 25 minute leisurely walk. I cannot say enough about Tatjana. She took care of every detail of my trip, and even arranged a personal guide who has degrees from Swansea University in Biology and is employed at the Darwin Center. I felt like a got a college education from Paul! Maria, the housekeeper, is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. She takes very good care of the place and any other needs you may have (although she doesn't speak English). The outside BBQ grill was fantastic! I went down to Pelican Bay and bought fresh fish off the boats, and then grilled the fish at night for dinner. The rains always started in the afternoon through the night, but with the covered porch, it was easy to grill fresh fish. The kitchen is huge; all rooms are large; bathrooms are large; there is even a half bath hidden behind Door #3!! All bedrooms have air conditioners; all rooms have ceiling fans. Can't say enough about this rental! I highly recommend it.

Response from the owner Thank you Donna!! It was a pleasure to have you and I hope you return one day... all the best!

“Perfect stay in Puerto ayora”

Reviewed 21 Dec 2011

From the very first contact with the owner Tatjana, everything went perfect. She helped me set up flights,land tours, dive trips and arranged to have a taxi meet me on arrival. The home is in a perfect location, away from downtown, but only a few minutes walk to the entrance to Tortuga Bay and the main street on the bay of Puerto ayora. The villa is immaculate thru out, from the custom woodwork to the huge beautiful garden landscape. The house has everything you would need and then some. Though the villa was very spacious, the best was sitting out on the decks off the living room/kitchen, upstairs master bedroom or the rooftop terrace overlooking Puerto ayora. I would definitely recommend Villa Opuntia!

“A Terrific Week in Santa Cruz!”

Reviewed 3 Nov 2011

Six friends stayed in this house for a week, and loved it. Upon our arrival (the taxis were pre-arranged by the owner) we were met and given a brief house tour. There was plenty of space and the house was well appointed. The kitchen had every appliance I could dream up. There were lots of towels. The house was immaculate, kept so by our visits by a lovely housekeeper. We were walking distance to town, docks, markets, restaurants, beach entrance, everything. Taxis ( white pickups) were easy to flag down. We had a rooftop terrace and a 2nd floor lanai for morning coffee and afternoon cocktails. I would easily recommend this beautiful custom house to groups and families!!

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