We chose Hostal los Algarrobos, which means Carob Tree Hotel in English, because it was a moderately-priced hotel not too far from the oceanfront and breakfast was included, which meant it was one meal of the day we wouldn’t have to worry about finding for ourselves here.
The air conditioner worked, too, which saved us several times when we had to return home after a morning outing just to shower and lie motionless in the cool for a while before going back out in the afternoon. Virtually everything shuts down in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno from about 11:30 until 2 or 3pm. At first, we looked for lunch and were shocked to see places we had passed on our way out for the morning closed, but once we got the hang of it and either got early takeout to eat later or discovered a couple of places that remained open, we were just fine.
One common sight all over Galapagos was unfinished construction. Virtually all the residential and commercial buildings seem to be in the middle of adding on a new floor, a new wing, a new building nearby – We figure that since this is a cash society, most people just build by paying as they go, so when you have cash you get a little work done, then wait however long it takes to save up enough to start up again later.
We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel; it was just right for our time on San Cristobal.