Peaceful 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom with Ocean Views
- english, spanish
About Niels Olsen
I strive at every turn to redefine your notion of what is possible on your journey to the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador. My approach combines singular service with insider-access opportunities. In these and myriad other ways, I consistently go above and beyond the call of duty - and no journey is complete without that extra, unexpected “and” that makes your experience unique and unforgettable. With expertise in not only luxury but culture, wildlife and history as well, I put my heart on revealing Galápagos with an authenticity beyond the reach of any other tailor-made expeditions company. Let’s make this journey to the Enchanted Islands an unforgettable one. I am Ecuadorean with a Danish and Irish background. Masters in Tourism and owner of Hacienda La Danesa in mainland Ecuador and Nielsen Expeditions Travel Agency. I love traveling and my goal is to make Casa Roca and Hacienda La Danesa a very small and unique boutique lodge.
Niels Olsen purchased this Bungalow in 2015
Why Niels Olsen chose Puerto Ayora
Galápagos is my favorite place on earth and where I go to clear my senses. When I visited this land with this views I fell in love immediately and knew this was it.
What makes this Bungalow unique
Amazing views, a private and secluded land, walking trails, Scandinavian influenced architecture, teak furniture... The most value for your money.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
we loved staying at our wonderful villa
enjoyed the outings everyday to come back to our view from the highlands , we named all the giant tortoises on the property and it was a daily routine to see where they each were and had traveled during the day and night . Kebler was lovely and so helpful along with our driver /taxi Wilson who was very helpful. One thing that would have been handy was to have stronger wifi and cell service as we felt at times not able to communicate with our driver - getting on Whats APP helped but even with the lack of service it was a difficult - non the less made things adventurous . We look forward to returning one day soon . The Cornish Family from Canada
Tranquil, beautiful escape from it all
This is the most amazing place to stay in Santa Cruz! While the town is a bit busy (cafes, boat departures, etc) when you arrive at Casa Roca all you hear is birds chirping and a breeze blowing through the trees. We enjoyed daily walks, yoga while watching the sun rise, reading in the hammocks, making lemonade from the fruit on the property, and a glass of wine while cooking dinner and watching the sun set. It is a very short drive from the main downtown but you need to be thoughtful in your planning as most cabs will not know how to get to the home (Kleeber who manages the home will assist with that and Niels also left the number of another taxi service). We used a tour group which easily coordinated with Niels. Communication regarding the home, information about Galapagos, and everything else was incredible. We are so grateful we spent a few days here and thankful to Niels and his team for welcoming us to Galapagos and sharing this beautiful place with us.
The house is amazing and the view is incredible! The amenites are well taken care of and Niels, the owner, puts you in contact with a great travel agent that can arrange all your trips around the islands. The only downsides are that Wifi doesn't always work (like in most of the Galapagos) and that the house is at a 25-30 min drive from Puerto Ayora and restaurants. I would definitely recommend it!
Ultra-private luxury home with spectacular views and amazing wildlife
This home is absolutely amazing. The views, especially at sunrise, are breathtaking. Neils, Klever, and Angel were extremely responsive and helpful with everything we needed before and throughout our stay. We did not want to leave and would return without hesitation. Thank you, Neils, Klever, and Angel for the wonderful hospitality.
Bill & Angela Manion
Palm Springs, CA
p.s. We highly recommend Lo&Lo for lunch and Garrapata for dinner for fresh fish and excellent service.
This home is incredibly special and it is so generous of Niels to share it. Absolutley stunning property, lovely views, attention to detail. Go here for a unique experience and to get away from it all. We spent one day just enjoying the view and going for walks, it was the best place for seeing tortoises on our whole trip! If you want convenience to town and to be in the mix, don't stay here. The driver/ caretaker is very kind and will take you anywhere you'd like, whenever. We went scuba diving in Puerto Ayora and it was a quick ride in the morning. No, he does not speak much English, but you aren't in an English- speaking country.
We can't say enough about how wonderful our stay was in the Casa de Roca. The home and the property are magical. It was a highlight of our time in the Galapagos. We so enjoyed the quiet, serene space. Neils and Klever were great to work with. Highly recommend it! Thank you Neils for offering us this amazing opportunity! Tammy and Sean
Casa Roca is closer to Itabaca Channel (Tours departure port) than hotels in Puerto Ayora (town) so you will be spending less time in the car.
Although car rentals are not allowed in the islands, our housekeeper may leave his car parked during the night in case you need it in case of emergency for an additional fee.
We have a satellite phone we use to call taxis or it can also be organize with Kleber (housekeeper).