From Baltra Island (airport) to Santa Cruz Island
The airport authorities run shuttle busses between the airport and the appropriate transfer point on the coast in order to get you to your hotel or boat. Just about the only thing on Baltra Island is the airport, so there isn't any alternative transportation.
The bus comes around to the arrivals area of the airport every so often. Just wait, and it will show up.
Make sure the bus you get on goes to the transfer point you need. If you are going directly to your boat, you will probably be met at the airport. If you are going to Puerto Ayora, you will go to the ferry dock to cross the channel between Baltra Island, where the airport is located, and Santa Cruz Island, which you will cross to reach Puerto Ayora.
The photo shows the word "Canal" in the front window of the bus because this one took us to the channel for the next stage of the transfer, the ferry. (Click on the thumbnail photo to see this more clearly.)
Read on for the next "TO" tip for info about the ferry.
Being an island archipelago, the only way to get there is either by sea, or by the Ecuadorian airline, Tame. The latter flies to the small airport on Baltra Island.
The ONLY way to get around is by boat (island to island) and foot (around each island). Also, you must have a certified guide with you since the Islands are a National Park administered by the Government of Ecuador.
Flying to the Galapagos Islands
There are only 2 airlines that fly from Ecuador mainland to the Galapagos Islands.
TAME is the major airline.
You can check prices and availability on their web.
There is an english link on the site which works like everything in Ecuador (sometimes :)
They have an office in Guayaquil where they speak english.
If you book a tour from the mainland at a travel agent, they will offer to purchase the tickets for you from TAME...they usually put an additional US$10 for doing so.
If you have time to spare (1day to waste) then just get yourself to Galapagos Island and find a tour yourself. It will be a lot cheaper.
We flew to Galapagos from Guayaquil as it is a little cheaper than flying from Quito and opted for our return flight to take us to Quito. It cost US$18 extra to return via Quito. The bus from Guayaquil to Quito costs about US$30 and takes 5 times longer.
Quito has a lot more to offer than poor old Guayaquil.
Guayaquil Airport, Ecuador, Av. de las Am?ricas s/n, Guayaquil
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The Merrick Around Galapagos
Carefully select your boat this can make all the difference in your trip. The best thing to do is arrange your trip in Quito before you get to the Galapagos. You can get a tour when you arrive in Puerto Auoera, but you may find it difficult to get on the boat of choice. we decided to arrange a tour when we arrived.
At first we had a few problems ( the water on the boat came from a local tank and we got sick.) but it worked out for the best. It was a small sailboat and we visited many islands that the larger boats couldn't visit.Related to:
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Samba - The experience of a life time
If you can possibly afford it go on an eight day cruise ($900 , ouch!! Off season, $350 ish for the flights there and $100 park entry - all per person), you get to see so much and really experience the place. Make sure the boat you choose doesn´t stop back at Port half way through to pick up more passengers this wastes your time and money. We booked through Angermeyer´s Enchanted Expeditions in Quito, we shopped around and they gave us the best price and boat options.Related to:
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Get to the Archipal
Visiting this islands is mostly by plane !
The plane will bring you to the island called Baltra - Santa Cruz. There is an aeroport left by the americans after the Panama Canal crises.
From there "Panja's" will bring you to the harbour and the cruise ships !
If you go to Galapagos, you'll become intimately acquainted with the challenges of getting on and off the panga (dinghy). While sailing between the islands is done on the "big boat," accessing the islands themselves is done via dinghy or rubber raft. Given the sometimes-rough seas, it can be a tricky business getting into and out of these boats--both at the ship and at the island. Take notice of whether your guide is calling for a dry landing (i.e., one with a dock) or a wet landing (in which you have to take your shoes off and jump into the water to splash ashore). Some landings start out dry but then end up wet! Oh well!
The best way to get to...
The best way to get to Galapagos Islands is to go by plane. From there you should get on a good boat tour, one that is always on the boat, that you sleep there and everything. You waste too much time and money if you sleep on the islands.
Just have a good tour guide that will show you as much as you can see. These islands are so amazing. I still am amazed that I was actually there!!
The Best way is plane Tame...
The Best way is plane Tame airline, offers deally departure from Quito and Guayaquil, round trip goes for around 380$ us dollars.
From Guayaquil: time of the flight is 1.30 hour and Quito: 2.00 hours(they have to stop in Guayaquil)
Once you get to Baltra there is a bus every hours that will take you to Puerto Ayora, and in Puerto Ayora there is Taxi, and bycicles availables.
We were in a very small boat...
We were in a very small boat to travel between the islands. Our group of 12 exchange students spent the whole time up top, because to stay inside meant to feel very seasick! Occaisonly, the water was quite rough and we got drenched, so we huddled together for warmth. This is a picture of us docked off Isla Plazas. Left to right: Ai (Japan), me, Karin (Belgium) and Christian (Switzerland)
AVION COMERCIAL, AVION MILITAR...
AVION COMERCIAL, AVION MILITAR o en BARCO (no recomendable y para valientes) esto no sale en las agencias¡¡¡¡
Solo hay una linea comercial para llegar a Galapagos, se llama TAME y tiene dos vuelos al dia, los precios son bastante elevados y no te olvides de llevar 100$ en tu bolsillo para pagar en concepto de tasas cuando llegues al Archipielago.
La segunda via y no conocida es volar en C-131 del ejercito, un super avion a helices que te hara pensar que vas a la guerra en lugar de vacaciones, vuela cada 15 dias y pese a esta prohibido nunca hay problemas, mucha gente suele viajar con ellos... si quereis saber mas de este modo de viajar escribirme mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
La tercera forma es en barco desde Guayaquil, se ha puesto muy dificil y no es nada recomendable, solo en casos extremos de tener muy poco dinero y querer llegar a Galapagos a toda costa, iras en un barco que lleva mercancias a la islas, el trayecto es de 3 a 4 dias pero una cosa... la comida corre de tu cuenta, que sepas que esta prohibido y no te cubrira ni un solo seguro los riesgos que puedas sufrir, y te puede tocar estar alojado con la marcancia que llevan, desde estar dentro de un coche hasta llegar o muy cerca de un manada de cerdos que llevaban para criar a Galapagos ¡¡tres dias entre cerdos !! ja ja.. (esto es cierto, le ha ocurrido este verano a un chico argentino). Si quereis ir asi me podeis escribir tambien a email@example.com
Por Galapagos la unica forma es en barco, existen avionetas pero tardas mas en llegar al aeropuerto a cogerlo que en llegar a la isla en cuestion, ademas las unicas islas con aeropuerto son Baltra, San Cristobal e Isabela.
COMPRA O MODIFICA TUS BILLETES...
COMPRA O MODIFICA TUS BILLETES DE AVION UNICAMENTE EN LA OFICINA DE LA LINEA AEREA
Olvidate de comisiones de las agencias de viaje para comprar un billete de avion o modificar el tuyo, vete directamente a las oficinas de TAME en la Avenida Darwin (veis como todo esta en esta calle?). Alli os podran ayudar y os confirmaran todo. Mucho cuidado si pagais con tarjeta, es el unico sitio donde admiten VISA de toda la isla pero no la perdais de vista.
TAME fly daily from both Quito...
TAME fly daily from both Quito and Guayaquil. A flight from Guayaquil costs USD 345.00 and takes an hour and a half.
By boat! There are many companies and many different classes of vessels with just as many price ranges. I went on the Pulsar catamaran and thoughly enjoyed it.
It is best to book the tour once you arrive on the islands. There are many good deals to be found in Puerto Ayora and you will have hundreds of dollars by avoiding the travel agent. My recommendation is to start your trip in Puerto Ayora and do the 4 or 6 day trip.
Organising trips from Quito is...
Organising trips from Quito is very easy. Be aware that most travel agents in Quito are also the owners of some of the boats. Therefore, they only tell you about a limited number of available boats / trips. The same applies to the agents in the Galapagos too. I can definitely recommend going to Safari Tours, Quito - they were very helpful and being independant, have information on all boats.
If you get a chance, e-mail a few companies before you go, to get an idea of itineries, class of boat and price. The cost will almost certainly be a lot cheaper when you actually go to book it, but at least you may have an idea of which islands you want to visit and therefore which boats would be best.
You may also want to note that a return flight from/to Quito is not much more than going from Guayacil.
There are daily flights from...
There are daily flights from Guayaquil or Quito into Baltra Islands which connects to San Cruz Islands. This service is provide by TAME airlines (National airline of Ecuador. There are also, tourist ships (sailing ships) that sails from Guayaquil to the Islands.
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