A PIECE OF HISTORY
The ANGERMEYER WATERFRONT INN is situated on one of Puerto Ayora’s most historic grounds. Until 2003 the home of Gus Angermeyer sat here. He was among the earliest settlers on the island of Santa Cruz. Having left Germany in the early 1930´s, he and his brothers set on an adventure bound for the Galapagos islands. Charles Darwin’s descriptions and tales from whalers and other adventurers about these unique bounty islands, inspired their dream of a life in harmony with nature and their surroundings. And the Galapagos islands would prove to be everything they had dreamed of – and then some.
When arriving in the Galapagos islands in the mid 1930´s there were only a few already living here – among them some Germans, Norwegians and Ecuadorians.
They settled on the island of Santa Cruz, and in the following years the three brothers who would remain in the islands married and had families of their own.
Some families settled in the highlands where they would grow crops, vegetables and fruits in the more fertile soil, while others – among them the Angermeyers – settled around the bay area where they would build boats for fishing.
The three brothers and their families all settled around the area later known as “Angermeyer Point”.
For obvious reasons their homes were built from the natural resources available, mainly lava rocks and wood. Many of these structures are still standing today and are a main part of the atmosphere in the area.
One of the ANGERMEYER WATERFRONT INN’s central structures is Gus Angermeyer’s “cave” – now serving as the hotel reception and café. This legendary site was Gus’ sanctuary, where he would read the works of Shakespeare and Einstein and tell about his amazing adventures to those who were fortunate enough to get invited.
Our aim has been to capture as much of Gus’ spirit as possible – meaning to live in tranquility and harmony with nature and our surroundings.