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Opuntia in the News

Manhattan Bride logoCouple wins honeymoon trip to Galapagos with Manhattan Bride Magazine and Opuntia

Bride & Groom-to-be Sarah Montemarano & Jonathan Viaud will honeymoon at Opuntia Hotel’s Casa Baronesa Villa in the Galapagos Islands after the story of their relationship was chosen by Manhattan Bride. Read their touching story in Manhattan Bride here.


Opuntia featured in several “Best of the world” articles in 2015!

The shower of worldwide recognition continues in the international press!

Luxurious Prototype

Features Opuntia CEO Marcelo Meneses and Galapagos in its article “Where to Go in 2015: Five Destinations Across the Globe”. 

Highlighted Opuntia’s “Galapagos Wildlife for Active Foodies,” where island exploration is synced with the preparation and enjoyment of endemic, gourmet meals.  in “Fusion Safaris: Top 12 Fitness And Food Vacations For 2015”.


Atlas and Boots

Names Opuntia as a recommended eco-friendly travel supplier in Galapagos in this original piece about how to take an Eco-friendly trip to Galapagos.



 Iguana Crossing Hotel Award WinnerIguana Crossing Hotel Wins International Quality Award
Opuntia’s Iguana Crossing Hotel on Isabela Island, Galapagos, has been awarded the prestigious BID International Star For Quality Award. The award is given for exceptional total quality and factors such as continual improvement, customer service, societal and industry leadership, efficiency of processes,  innovation, communication strategies, worker satisfaction, and other  factors related to Total Quality Management.  The award received wide-ranging press coverage within Ecuador and the Galapagos.
We congratulate the entire staff of Iguana Crossing for their continued hard work to improve the experiences of travelers and the quality of services. 
Read more about the award here
 Opuntia Tours  Featured in in-LAN Magazine!
Opuntia tours, including Opuntia Hotel, Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, Iguana Crossing Hotel, Casa Baronesa, and Opuntia Tours founder Alfredo Meneses were all mentioned in this highly regarded On-board airline magazine from LAN Airlines. 
Here’s an excerpt: 
“These islands are special because of their isolation and because of the effect of the currents. The California current, the cold Humboldt current, and the Cromwell current bring an endless array of species that must adapt to survive. Without a doubt, Rocker Rock has the world’s second richest variety of underwater life, great and small. Number one is probably the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,” explains Meneses.
Download the PDF of the article here. 
Opuntia in USA Today!
Opuntia Tours has been featured in USA Today!
“…Ecuador-based eco-outfitter, Opuntia, is starting to offer a new alternative to the islands’ classic sailing trips with well constructed tours of the Galapagos’ rugged interiors. They offer multisport adventure tours based out of boutique hotels on three different islands in the Galapagos. Think hiking active volcanoes, mountain biking coastal wetlands, kayaking with sea turtles and sharks, and snorkeling with sea lions.”