Galápagos Islands Transportation

  • Isla Santa Cruz
    Isla Santa Cruz
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Galápagos Islands Transportation

  • Flying to the Galapagos Islands

    Our boat trip departed from the airport in Baltra, it appeared that there are two airlines that fly into Baltra from Quito or Guayquil, TAME and Aerogal which is soon to be called Avianca. The travel agent that helped us book the cruise also booked the airfare, someone suggested that the cruise companies block off access to the tickets until a few...

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  • Selecting a boat cruise

    Unlike most travelers to the Galapagos, we didn't spend hours pouring over the different options for cruises in the Galapagos. We were booking rather late, mid April for a late May cruise and some of the more popular ships were already booked so we contacted a couple of travel agents who gave us some options. The US based agency was sending us a...

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  • Nemo II

    The Nemo II is a 12 passenger catamaran with 6 cabins, the two on the main deck were double beds and the four below deck had bunk beds. It was billed as a ship in the comfort class (better than standard, less luxurious than luxury or first class). We were assigned one of the double bed cabins, the bed is up against the wall, there's a small built...

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  • From the boat back to the airport

    The trip back to the airport was similar to arrival, they packed us on a bus, our luggage on a cart and then we all went to stand in line at Aerogal. Because of my leg they gave me priority although they couldn't give me a seat with any leg room, at least I didn't have to stand in line for an hour like the rest of the passengers on our ship. Make...

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  • Baltra airport to the cruise ship dock

    The Galapagos cruise industry is highly organized, most of the ships meet you at the airport in Quito, walk you through the process there and then another representative meets you at the Baltra airport after you pay the $100 national park fee and collect your luggage. Once the whole group is there, they pile you on a bus, your luggage on a cart and...

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  • Flying to Galapagos Islands

    There are no international flight to Galapagos Islands, but you have to fly from Quito or Guayaquil. From Quito to Galapagos it takes almost 2.5 hours, and that includes a stop in Guayaquil (when I travelled this route we changed planes in Guayaquil). From Guayaquil it takes 1.5 hours.From mainland Ecuador you can fly to Baltra Island (just off the...

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  • From Baltra Airport to Puerto Ayora

    When you fly to Galapagos Islands from mainland Ecuador you will either arrive at the airport near Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal, or to the main airport on Isla Baltra. Isla Baltra is a small, flat island just north of Isla Santa Cruz. There are no visitor sites on Isla Baltra, but people are transferred from here to Isla Santa Cruz, or...

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  • Speedboat between Puerto Ayora and...

    Before coming to Galapagos I had read that it is good to buy the ticket for the speedboat a day in advance during high season. As I visited in July and was going to be aboard a boat the day before my departure I was a bit worried not to get a ticket, but the travel agent I had booked the cruise with luckily made a reservation for me. The office of...

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  • Zodiacs

    Since pretty much the entire Archipeligo is a National Park with limited access and next to nothing in landing areas, you need to be able to land up against a rock, or on a beach. The zodiac boats, also knows as RIBS, are the mode of choice.

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  • Flying to Baltra

    There are two airports on the Galápagos Islands, on Baltra and San Christobel, and we, like most tourists, flew to the former, on one of the several airlines serving the route, Tame (other possibilities are AeroGal and Lan).Most of our group came directly from Quito, but we had spent the previous few days of our trip in Cuenca, and drove from there...

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  • Transfer to your boat

    The airport at Baltra is just a five minute drive away from the small port where the cruise boats moor, and the journey is undertaken on a fleet of elderly buses whose comings and goings are controlled by the military who own the airport. Your guide will tell you which one to board, and, on arrival at the port, will organise the transfer to your...

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  • Our itinerary

    Regulations have been introduced quite recently that prohibit any boat from revisiting any island within a fortnight, so all the boats these days have two one-week itineraries, which they alternate. The plus side of this is that anyone with the time, money and enthusiasm who wants to, can book both and have a two week cruise! For the rest of us,...

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  • Cruising on the Letty

    WE travelled around the Galapogos on the Letty . We booked the trip directly with Ecoventura which is the company that owns the Letty and her two sister ships. It was less exoensive than an outside agent.We were quite pleased with the Letty .The food was very good and lots of it . They had a nice friendly crew and everyday the chef met us onboard...

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  • Transportes Aereos Militares...

    You will travel from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos. TAME schedules daily flights and operates principally out of the Baltra Island airport. A second airline, AeroGal, operates mainly out of the San Cristobal airport.Things to keep in mind when checking your bags in at the Quito/Guayquil airport:• All of your luggage will undergo a search for...

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  • Tour vs. independent travel

    I'm not typically one who books tours or package deals. But I was glad I did on this trip. A boat cruise is the only way to get around and see several islands. I posted info about GAP in my Accomodations tip. They were great and provided an excellent itinerary. At the end of 4 nights and 5 days, we felt like we saw everything and were ready to go...

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  • Flights to the Galapagos

    Ummm, AEROGAL SUCKS! This is one of two airlines that flies to the Galapagos Islands. Aerogal and Tame both have daily flights leaving Quito and then Guayaquil to Baltra near Santa Cruz or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal. All flights begin in Quito and make a stop in Guayaquil to unload and pick up more passengers (which takes about 45...

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  • Best cruise company for the Galapagos...

    We went on the Evolution last January with Quasar Expeditions. The food, service, local knowledge, and pampering were wonderful. I would recommend them to anyone.

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  • to and around Galapagos...

    The flight from Quito costs about 400$ and from Guayaquil about 50$ less. The plane lands on Baltra, a flat barren island, and then you can catch a bus-ferry-bus combination to Puerto Ayora. In case you are in a prearranged tour a member of the Agency will meet you and see you do the right thing. If you are in a cruise you will probably have a...

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  • don't be afraid to make a fuss

    There is only one realistic way to get to the Galapagos Islands and that is to fly. Only two airlines are allowed to ply this route so again your choices are limited right off the bat. They seem to be in cahoots with regard to prices. That said, many people seem to prefer AeroGal over TAME. We chose the latter as our guidebook was evidently dated...

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  • the skinny on the particulars

    Once you arrive in Baltra, the small northern island off Santa Cruz where the airport is located you'll need to hop on one of the free buses that takes you to the small ferries that shuttles people across to Santa Cruz. It's all pretty small scale and impossible to get lost. I guess you could get on the wrong bus but they are all going the same way...

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  • you'll need to get used to boats

    Getting from island to island is what makes the Galapagos not only expensive but a challenge. Inter-island flights are very expensive for the small distances covered but there are reasonably priced small boats that make the three hour journeys to both Isabella and San Cristóbol on a daily basis for $30. If the seas are calm it can be a pleasant...

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  • Transfers from the airport on Baltra

    If you stay at the Royal Palm hotel you will be met by the representative as you come off the plane. You are then ted to a private air conditioned lounge area you have a welcome drink of your choice while your bags are located and carried to a waiting car by hotel staff. Galapagos Islands entry fee paid for you (with your $'s). You will then be...

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  • AEROGAL Airlines

    On the morning of departure, we were met at the airport in Quito by an agent from Ecoventure for our flight to to San Cristobal. AEROGAL tickets were given to us at the counter upon check-in for the flight .We all had a badge for the various boats we would be on and by the time we landed we already knew a few of our future ship mates.We were happy...

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  • Lack of transport options??

    There is only one way to get to the Galapagos Islands and that’s by plane from mainland Ecuador and it’s around 1 ½ hours from Quito. There are 2 planes per day arriving and 2 leaving. Once at the airport, the tour operators pick you up and take you straight to your boat. I didn’t see any evidence of taxis but I’m sure you could pay to hitch (or...

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  • take a hitch on the cargoboats

    If you do the independent budgettravel to the Galapagos, try getting in contact with the captain of the port and ask if he can bring you in contact with the ships captain. Most of the time it's possible to hitch a ride towards another island. They'll tell you the hour you'll have to be at the peer (when the ships personel gets back on board)....

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  • Tour the Galapagos on the Beluga

    The only way to really experience the Galapagos is by cruising among the various islands. There are several different classes of boats and an equal number of itineraries from which to choose, but I honestly can't imagine having a better all-around experience than what is offered by the M/Y Beluga, a 16-passenger cruise ship. The Beluga's eight-day...

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  • Dinghy

    Cant get anywhere with out your rubber zodiac dinghy, now can you ? (Modern day whaling vessel...) Note the arctic gear that everyone has one... Though you are right on the equator, the antarctic currents around here keep the water pretty cold all year round...

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  • Compact airport

    This is the little airport on San Cristobal. There's no luggage carousel or anything fancy. Right now (Oct '05) they are building a new airport on Santa Cruz that was promissed to have been ready even when we arrived in September. If you are staying on land (which I recommend), you'll have to endure a 2.5 hour transfer by speedboat to Santa Cruz...

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  • Flights to the Galapagos Islands

    Most Galapagos Cruises leave the island of Santa Cruz, which also has the island's main airport. There are two airline that fly to the Galapagos Islands:TAME - website: http://www.tame.com.ecTAME is the national airline of Ecuador. TAME runs two daily flights to the Galapagos islands, leaving from Quito, stopping in Guayaquil, and landing at Baltra...

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  • Yate Daphne

    It is possible to do day trips out of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, but the sailing time to some of the places you will want to visit can take hours each way. There are also land-based island hopping trips where you stay at hostels on different islands, but then you have to pack up from day...

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  • Pangas

    Pangas are skiffs that take passengers from the dock at Puerto Ayora to boats at anchor, or to other, nearby, parts of the island. The cost is about 50¢.

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  • Crossing to Santa Cruz Island (to Puerto...

    If you are going to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, you will need to take a short ferry ride across the channel running between the islands. Once you are on the ferry, a crew member will come around to collect the fare--about $1.00.After disembarking from the ferry, you will most likely board another bus and spend the next 45 minutes to an hour...

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  • From Baltra Island (airport) to Santa...

    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...

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  • Island Archipelago

    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...

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  • 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.http://www.tame.com.ecThere 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...

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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 (...

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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...

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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 !

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  • Get a boat and enjoy the ride

    All animals on the galapagos islands are somehow attracted by the tourist boats. Birds will rest on the top and if there is a platform to jump on you might have sealions as blind passangers.

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  • The panga

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • COMPRA O MODIFICA TUS BILLETES...

    COMPRA O MODIFICA TUS BILLETES DE AVION UNICAMENTE EN LA OFICINA DE LA LINEA AEREAOlvidate 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...

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Galápagos Islands Hotels

  • Finch Bay Eco Hotel

    Barrio Punta Estrada S/N, Puerto Ayora, 00000, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

    Puerto Villamil, Isabela Galapagos Islands, , Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hostal Casa de Laura

    Before coming to San Cristóbal I had read in my guidebook about Hostal Casa de Laura and it seemed...

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