When I was planning my Galapagos trip, I pictured hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and SCUBA. It never occurred to me what I would do at night, but I wasn’t disappointed. The other younger travelers, our tour guide from Red Mangrove, and the SCUBA instructor were all really friendly and more than willing to go out to explore the Galapagos nightlife.
We met at 10pm on the deck of Red Mangrove’s Isabela Lodge. The destination? Per our tour guide’s recommendation, we went to a hole-in-the wall bar called Iguana Rock. We walked in the sand along the beach about 10 minutes until we spotted the bar. It was located at the end of a long dock overlooking the sea and surrounded by crashing waves. The music was exactly as I wanted and pictured (in my stereotype of a beach-side bar in South America) – salsa and reggae. We grabbed a table on the terrace, which had an awesome view of the waves crashing on rocks. It was cool getting to know other international tourists (from Sweden) and our tour guide and dive instructor – who were Galapagos locals.
The drink of choice was aguardiente (an Ecuador hard liquor made out of sugar cane). The drink was sweet and very strong, and especially delicious when mixed with the salty smell of ocean air. After a drink or two, us tourists even mustered the courage to venture inside and take a spin or two around the dance floor.
Tip: From Red Mangrove’s Isabela Lodge facing the sea, walk to your right along the beach 5 minutes. You will see a dock. Walk to the end of the dock and the Iguana Point bar is the only bar there! Try the aguardiente and don’t forget to toast your fellow travelers – Salud!