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Galapagos Islands: Iguana Crossing

Iguana Crossing

The isle of Isabela is the largest and most rugged in the archipelago, comprised of six fused volcanoes. A large giant tortoise population roams wild amidst its scrub and grasslands. 

This beautifully appointed small luxury Iguana Crossing hotel lies on a delightful stretch of powdery white sand at the edge of Puerto Villamil – Isabela's only significant settlement but still little more than a fishing village. 

The hotel's design is uncompromisingly contemporary, built using local materials including impeccably crafted polished wood. Features and furnishings are decidedly angular; the clean unfussy lines look striking against the back drop of an elemental, almost minimalist natural environment. 

All guestrooms have sweeping views of the beach or out towards Sierra Negra volcano from their balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a small but attractive pool surrounded by smart wooden decking close to the sand, as well as a rooftop Jacuzzi and bar. The restaurant is very good though there are cheaper (if simpler) options in town.

The hotel owes its name to the marine iguanas that cross the beach right in front of it, heading from the wetlands into the sea. Watching them from the al fresco deck can be a great source of entertainment.

Things to do nearby


Wildlife watching in the Galapagos


Snorkelling in the Galapagos

Blue footed bird

Bird watching in the Galapagos

What our experts say

The hotel’s named after the marine iguanas which cross the beach right in front of it: watching them from the decking can be a great source of entertainment.

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

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