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The Cactuspad

34 reviews
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4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
The accommodations at Cactuspad work in the same way as gites in France and holiday homes elsewhere. The difference is that Cactuspad is found at the heart of the Galapagos Islands, the Pacific National Park famous for it pristine ecosystems and fearless wildlife. Situated in a quiet part of the quaint town of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, the main house at Cactuspad was originally built as the 140m, 3-4 bedroom family home of Galapagos Naturalists, Gaby and Paul McFarling. The grounds are frequented by lava lizards and Darwin's finches. With its dedicated housekeeper, Cactuspad and its gardens provide an idyllic, self-catering option and an affordable alternative to the traditional cruises of Galapagos. We charge $210/night but offer a one-week rate of $840/week. Additional nights o...The accommodations at Cactuspad work in the same way as gites in France and holiday homes elsewhere. The difference is that Cactuspad is found at the heart of the Galapagos Islands, the Pacific National Park famous for it pristine ecosystems and fearless wildlife. Situated in a quiet part of the quaint town of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, the main house at Cactuspad was originally built as the 140m, 3-4 bedroom family home of Galapagos Naturalists, Gaby and Paul McFarling. The grounds are frequented by lava lizards and Darwin's finches. With its dedicated housekeeper, Cactuspad and its gardens provide an idyllic, self-catering option and an affordable alternative to the traditional cruises of Galapagos. We charge $210/night but offer a one-week rate of $840/week. Additional nights over the week will be charged at $120/night. We have a travel agency called Galapex, and can help you sort out the flights from the mainland if you wish. This is sometimes tricky to organize from outside of Ecuador! We also work out tours in Galapagos and Ecuador with a great insight into the cruises, being naturalist guides ourselves. In addition to our home, we are also renting Orchidea: our condo next door! Please ask for details. The newest addition to our rentals is a superb house accommodating up to 10 people situated in another exclusive part of town. Please enquire for more details! There are currently problems with the internet service on the island. The demand is high and the service is very limited due to infrastructure. The result is that the internet is almost non-existent during the day. I've found that very early morning, between 3-6am, the internet is reasonable. During the day, messaging works but downloading any pages just doesn't happen. If and when resolved, this will be updated.More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Staffed Property
Cooker
DVD Player
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
Housekeeping Included
Blender
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Freezer
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Books
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Ceiling Fans
TV
Microwave
Balcony
Linens Provided
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Terrace
Toaster
Patio
Deck
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful stay at the cactus pad. Home was clean and had everything we needed. Short walk to shops and restaurants. It was very hot while there so AC would have been a godsend but the fans thruout helped a lot. A representative helped...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank debbiebM6072WB
Reviewed 23 December 2017

Just 5 minutes walk from main centre of Puerto Ayora, lovely house, sitting room and garden perfect for lounging and relaxing between trips. Comfortable beds and good showers in both bathrooms. The owner and agent responded quickly to queries and even came to meet us...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank Claudia L
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Our family of 5 stayed here for one week. Everything was exactly as it was described. It was clean, well cared for, spacious, very pleasant outside space. Would definately stay here again. We loved being in a neighborhood, yet easy walking distance to the shops...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank drucopeland
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Cactuspad exceeded our expectations. We ere 6...two grands,two parents, and two grandchildren. Each set of adults had their own bedrooms and the little kids fought over the loft hideaway..loser got his own small bedroom. The common areas and kitchen were perfect for our group. We...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank tingatinga
Reviewed 21 October 2015

My family of five stayed at The Cactuspad for two and a half months while my wife and I were working at the Charles Darwin Research Station and our children were attending a local school. The Cactuspad was absolutely perfect for us. The location is,...More

Date of stay: July 2015
3  Thank Dan S
About the Owner
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Languages spoken:English, French, Spanish
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:May 2009
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