The Wooden HouseAddress: On the way to the dock , Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island view map
This hotel has recently come under new administration and just reopened. What distinguishes this establishment from others is the fact that it is managed by a family who provide excellent personalised service. The hotel has a warm, wooden structure that gives guests a homey feeling while being surrounded by the natural environment of the Galapagos Islands.
The hotel is located 100 metres from the Capitania dock and 10 minutes walking distance from the embarcadero; from this ideal locatios, guests can easily walk along the beautiful beaches and admire the fantastic views and surroundings.
The Wooden House belongs to Mr. Carlos Pacheco and his family, who are native to the Galapagos Islands. Carlos started in the tourism industry 25 years ago, when he began to operate the Pato Feo boat. As time passed, he continued to improve his services to offer a complete experience to his customers. As a result, this year he and his family bought and renovated the Wooden House.
The hotel is family-managed to ensure that guests receive personalised service.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
The Wooden House focuses on trying to reduce the impact of tourism on the Galapagos' natural environment by adopting sustainable practices.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
The owners use biodegradable cleaning products and toiletries, saving energy with the use of energy-saving bulbs and by conserving water consumption.
Since the hotel is located on the main street near a sandy beach, the staff must regularly sprinkle water to avoid dust clouds; therefore they have installed a water pump that takes water from the sea at high tide.
When the hotel has employment vacancies, they give preference to local residents from Isabela.