2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, w/balcony sleeps 4
- english, spanish, italian
About Donna Daugherty
Donna is from Indiana and John is a Galapagos native. They are raising their son in the Galapagos Islands. Donna graduated from Purdue and is a Hoosier at heart. Growing up in the Galapagos, John was inspired to study biology and became a Galapagos National Park Guide, now work over 20 years as a professional naturalist. They can offer you a wonderful Galapagos experience.
Donna Daugherty purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Donna Daugherty chose Puerto Ayora
Can't beat Galapagos and the quality stay you will have at Torre Mar Galapagos!! Donna and John built Torre Mar. The project was completed in 2006. They were each involved in the details of the constitution resulting is a quality property offering the comforts of home in an island in the Pacific. The staff at Torre Mar Galapagos is also dedicated to offer our guests a high standard of service.
What makes this Apartment unique
Social terrace with gas grill/lanai with deluxe patio furniture!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:22
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great trip, loved the place, amazing host
Pictures are accurate and the location is central to everything in Puerto Ayora. The best part of staying here for our group of four, though, by far was the host Donna. She has lived in Galapagos for a long time and knows all the establishments in Puerto Ayora very well - we were very happy with her Scuba Diving and restaurant recommendations. During our trip, we ran into some difficulty that required us to navigate the local bureaucracy, and Donna was there every step of the way to assist us during our trip. Without her, we would have been completely lost. Thank you so much, Donna!
We really enjoyed our stay here. It is a convenient location in town, has very comfortable beds and a smart common area layout. We appreciated having the daily maid service and fresh towels (including beach towels). The view from the 2nd floor isn't much, but the social terrace on the top floor is big, comfortable and has great views (also wifi). Owners are great to work with and helped coordinate our transportation to and from Baltra.
Like having a friend in Santa Cruz
The owners, John and Donna, could not have been more accommodating and friendly. We showed up with very little planned and they helped fill the void. The apartment is a full 2 bedrooms with living area. Ideal size for a family of 3-5. Great views from the terrace. Any destination in town is only $1.50 away by taxi.
I would also recommend taking an island tour with John if he is available. He is a local and a great guide.
Thank you for your kind words. We are very happy your family enjoyed your stay. It was great hosting you.
Great stay at this apartment!
This place is just how it looks in the pictures, well kept and everything was in working order. Donna is easy to communicate with and very helpful with any other information that you might need. My only disappointment was realizing that the balcony in the pictures that you see are not the one that is connected to your apartment. Those pictures are the top deck and it's 2 stories up. I went up everyday and enjoyed the comfortable furniture and admired the view. The apartment does have a private balcony with a small table and a perfect place to watch the sunrise. It is clean and comfortable and near the outdoor market for fruit and veggies. It is about at 10-15 walk to the pier from this place. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this place as well as Donna as a host.
Thank you for taking to the time to write a review and for your positive comments. I really appreciate it. We are always happy when our guests enjoy their stay at Torre Mar Galapagos and Galapagos visit.
Be Part of a Neighborhood in the Galapagos!
My husband and I stayed in at this apartment for 5 nights in Feb 2018. It was cool to be part of a neighborhood, rather than staying at a hotel. John & Donna were fabulous hosts suggesting tours, food store locations, setting up taxis for us and going above the duty of being a "host" to help us with a couple unusual requests. The kitchen had everything we needed and I noticed there were nice touches you don't always see. For example, high-quality extra towels and washcloths, good lighting in the bathroom, fresh flowers and coffee/tea in the kitchen. The main touristy part of town is walkable from the apartment, but if you are tired, taxis are very cheap. We did not have a lot of days here, so Santa Cruz was a good island due to all the tourist things you could get to without a boat. The weather is temperate and most of the time we had our windows open, but they have A/C splits in each bedroom (and the living room) if you have difficulty with heat. There is a bit of street noise all day, but it quiets down at night. They do not have an elevator, so if you have challenges with stairs, you will want to be on the ground floor. We enjoyed the rooftop deck with nice breezes and a lovely ocean view. Great for sundowner! I would recommend staying here if you are not doing a cruise.
Kathleen & Steve,
Thank you, for your kind review. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to host the two of you. We, including our staff, strive to make our guests experience the best that it can be while visiting the amazing Galapagos Islands.
Donna, John, & Donovan
Beautiful People beautiful vacation
We spent a week with John and Donna at their beautiful property. It is difficult to put into words how amazing everything was. The apartment was so comfortable, clean, and convenient. We were able to walk everyday to the main port in order to begin our tours excursions and such. We could also walk to the supermarket which was great because we wanted to have breakfast and snacks in the apartment. We rarely use the cab but when we did it worked out since they are only a dollar fifty per ride. John and Donna went above and beyond they are fast friends hospitable and super cool. Their son Donovan is also a cutie. My boys had loads of fun with him walking the dog and playing at the park. Another great thing about this property are the amazing views and how close it is to restaurants bars shops and all of the Excursion companies. Galapagos is a magical beautiful place and we feel so blessed to have shared it with magical beautiful people. Thank you John and Donna come see us in New York anytime!
At Torre Mar Galapagos you will find our accommodations offer all the comforts of home. If you are looking for a home rental for your holiday in Galapagos Islands Torre Mar offers unique Galapagos luxury suites. Our suites offer more space and amenities then a traditional hotel room.
We are conveniently located in the port town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. Guests can experience breath taking ocean and island views from the social terrace. There are several restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance. Torre Mar is the perfect Galapagos location.
The quaint town of Puerto Ayora is the perfect choice for land based exploration of the Galapagos or as an extension after a cruise. Santa Cruz Island offers many visitor opportunities and it is also a central point for day excursions to other islands. As an independent traveler you can choose to have an active vacation or relax and enjoy this unique paradise. Located on Academy Bay and surrounded by the Galapagos National Park many of the “must sees” in Galapagos are near by.
Torre Mar is perfect for a romantic get away, family adventure or trip with friends to the unique Galapagos Islands. When you book with Torre Mar you will receive a pre-trip Galapagos information packet that will assist you with planning your trip.
Galapagos is an amazing place to experience interaction with wildlife and with a land based tourism you get the opportunity to have a unique experience with both nature and local culture.