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Puerto Ayora

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Isla Santa Cruz

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Isla San Cristóbal

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Isla Isabela

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Puerto Villamil

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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Isla Baltra

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Isla Genovesa

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Isla Santa María

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Isla Santa Fe

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Isla Española

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Isla Seymour

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Puerto Velasco Ibarra

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Isla Sombrero Chino

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Isla Rábida

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Isla Pinzón

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Isla Bartolomé

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Isla Fernandina

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Isla San Salvador

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Isla Mariela

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Puerto Ayora

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  • Rent a bike

    Puerto Ayora Sports & Outdoors

    There are several places in Puerto Ayora where you can rent a bike. The price in July/August 2014 was $10 for half a day and $15 for a full day. In Puerto Ayora there are bicycle lanes along Av Charles Darwin and Av Baltra. From Puerto Ayora to Santa Rosa in the highlands they are constructing a bicycle road parallel to the main road. I don’t know...

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  • Finch Bay Eco Hotel

    Puerto Ayora Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Four daytrips with bicycle (2014)

    Puerto Ayora Things to Do

    When I visited Puerto Ayora in 2014 I made four daytrips with bicycle. One day I cycled to Rancho Chato 2 and another day to both Cerro Mesa and El Garrapatero. I also went to El Manzanillo with bicycle and to Los Gemelos. For three of the bicycle tours I rented a bike at Comercial Pinguino next to Hotel Darwin on Av Baltra. The bikes there were...

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Isla Santa Cruz

  • Bahía Borrero

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    Bahía Borrero is one of the small white sandy beaches on the north coast of Isla Santa Cruz. This was the last stop on a daytour I made, which had also included circling around Daphne Major and two snorkeling spots off Isla Pinzón.It was lovely to take a walk along the beautiful beach. There were ghost crabs on the beach, Sally lightfoot crabs on...

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  • El Garrapatero Beach

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    2013: El Garrapaero is a beautiful and tranquil beach about 20 km northeast of Puerto Ayora. You can take a taxi to go there or rent a bike and cycle like I did.I arrived early and there was no one else at the beach, not even the park ranger had arrived to his office. I put my things in the shade, under a tree and went for a walk on the beach. ...

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  • Rancho Chato 2- Tortoise Reserve

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    2013: Rancho Chato 2 is situated a few kilometers from Santa Rosa, in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz. It is a tortoise reserve and we came here on the first day of the cruise with Cachalote (Fernandina itinerary). Already along the road, before reaching Rancho Chato 2, we saw Giant Tortoises. The tortoises live in their natural habitat in this...

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Isla San Cristóbal

  • Cerro Brujo

    Isla San Cristóbal Things to Do

    After breakfast, on the third day of the cruise with Cachalote, we visited Cerro Brujo, or in fact it was the beach below the hill Cerro Brujo that we visited. It was a lovely place! There were no other visitors but our small group there and it was very tranquil. The white sandy beach was beautiful and we walked back and forth for a while looking...

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  • Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

    Isla San Cristóbal Things to Do

    After lunch we took the panga from Cachalote back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where a bus waited for us to take us to Cerro Colorado Galapagos Breeding Station, Galapaguera. Galapaguera is situated on the south-eastern side of the islands, about 22km away from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The road there is passing through the highlands. At Galapaguera...

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  • El Junco Lagoon

    Isla San Cristóbal Things to Do

    After visiting Galapaguera we went to El Junco Lagoon in the highlands of Isla San Cristóbal. El Junco is a freshwater lake, one of few in Galapagos Islands and it is a good supplier of water for the inhabitants on the island. The lake gets its water from rainwater. The diameter of the lake is 270m and the maximum depth is only 6m. El Junco is...

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Isla Isabela

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  • Rent a bicycle in Puerto Villamil

    Isla Isabela Things to Do

    In the morning of my last day on Isla Isabela I took a walk along the road that runs parallel to the sea west of Puerto Villamil. I came to an information board about Comlejo de Humedales y Muro de Las Lagrimas and saw that it was another 5km to Muro de Las Lagrimas. It was too far as I didn’t have much water with me, so I decided to go back to...

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  • Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

    Isla Isabela Hotels

    Puerto Villamil, Isabela Galapagos Islands, , Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Muro de las Lagrimas

    Isla Isabela Things to Do

    Muro de las Lagrimas (The Wall of Tears) is situated about 7km west of Puerto Villamil. During World War II there was a Military Detachment here (and in some other places of Galapagos Islands too) operating a radar station, which was part of the of the surveillance system for this part of the Pacific Ocean.After the war, in 1946, a penal colony was...

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Puerto Villamil

  • Rent a bicycle in Puerto Villamil

    Puerto Villamil Things to Do

    In the morning of my last day on Isla Isabela I took a walk along the road that runs parallel to the sea west of Puerto Villamil. I came to an information board about Comlejo de Humedales y Muro de Las Lagrimas and saw that it was another 5km to Muro de Las Lagrimas. It was too far as I didn’t have much water with me, so I decided to go back to...

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  • La Casa Marita

    Puerto Villamil Hotels

    Isla Isabela, , Puerto Villamil, Galapagos

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Speedboat between Puerto Ayora and...

    Puerto Villamil Transportation

    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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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

  • Wildlife in town

    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Favorites

    You don’t have to go outside town to see wildlife. If you stroll along the waterfront and pier you will definitely encounter sea lions. There is a sea lion colony on the small beach in the middle of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The sea lions don’t stay on the beach but you will also see them on the pier and even lying on benches. On the lava rocks...

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  • Hostal Casa de Laura

    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Hotels

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

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  • Rent a bike

    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Things to Do

    One day on San Cristobal I rented a bike from Patagonia Eco Multisport on Av Charles Darwin in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to go to Puerto Chino, Galapagera and El Junco. The price in July 2013 was:1 hour - $6half a day (less than 6h) - $10full day (more than 6h) - $20I left Puerto Baquerizo Moreno around 10 o’clock. The road was mostly going quite...

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Isla Baltra

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  • Flying to Galapagos Islands

    Isla Baltra Transportation

    Update 2014: It is now possible to buy tickets online for all three airlines flying to Galapagos Islands; TAME, LAN and Avianca Ecuador (formerly Aero Gal). I purchased my ticket online with TAME, not very long ahead. A return ticket (Quito – Baltra) for July/August was $463.19.I flew with the 7:10 plane which arrives at Baltra already 9:20. As...

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  • National Park fee and baggage check

    Isla Baltra Warnings and Dangers

    Galapagos Islands is a fragile ecosystem, so of course you are not allowed to bring seeds and berries, and other organic items that can cause damage. Your luggage will be inspected in Quito before you check in, and one time when I arrived in Baltra no one was allowed to take their luggage before a dog had run over them sniffing. When you arrive to...

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  • New eco-airport at Baltra

    Isla Baltra Things to Do

    New eco-airport at BaltraIn 2013 the new environmental-friendly airport was inaugurated on Isla Baltra. It is the world’s first eco-airport. They have solar panels and they recycle rainwater. They have a natural cooling-system were they take advantage of the breeze on the island and as operation hours are during daytime, natural light is used to...

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Isla Genovesa

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  • The furthest island

    Isla Genovesa Transportation

    The downside of a visit to Genovesa is the long voyage needed to reach the island, as it lies at some distance from the centre of the archipelago. The Angelito sailed here overnight from Bartolomé, a journey of around seven hours, and the return trip to St James’ Bay, Santiago, was eight hours. The sea between the southerly islands and Genovesa is...

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  • Darwin Bay – on the beach

    Isla Genovesa Things to Do

    In the morning of our visit to Genovesa we had a wet landing on the white sand of Darwin Bay, at the heart of the caldera. The 750m trail, rated as easy / moderate, starts on the beach and is at first sandy and later over rocky lava. Near the start, on the cliffs lining the beach, we saw Swallow-tailed gulls nesting, some with chicks. We were...

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  • Darwin Bay – among the mangroves

    Isla Genovesa Things to Do

    After taking our photos on the beach we headed away from it to walk among the red mangrove and palo santo trees, in every one of which (or so it seemed to me) several Red-footed Boobies were nesting, and (again, so it seemed) posing for our cameras. Many of them had soft fluffy white chicks, and they seemed to be among the least fearful of all the...

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Isla Santa María

  • Tortoise Corral

    Isla Santa María Things to Do

    Near Asilo de la Paz there is a large Tortoise Corral built by the National Park service. You are allowed to go inside and walk among the tortoises, but of course you need to show consideration and not go to close to them, and absolutely not touch them. The Giant Tortoise in the large corral at Asilo de la Paz on Floreana are sub-species originally...

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  • Asilo de la Paz

    Isla Santa María Things to Do

    From Puerto Velasco Ibarra we went to Asilo de la Paz with a chiva. It was a ride of 8km and we passed some farmland (cattle and fruit trees) on the way there. Asilo de la Paz is a 450 metre high hill and at its base we visited the only fresh water source on the island. Near the fresh water source there are some caves where pirates and early...

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  • Daytour to Floreana

    Isla Santa María Transportation

    Daytour to FloreanaWhen I was in Puerto Ayora in 2013I decided to take a day tour to Floreana. I had visited Florean two years previous, but then the visitor sites Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay while on a cruise. The day trips are not allowed to go there but go to Puerto Velasco Ibarra and the highlands, and some time for snorkeling is also...

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Isla Santa Fe

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  • Visiting Isla Santa Fe

    Isla Santa Fe Things to Do

    On the second day of the cruise with M/S Cachalote (2011) we visited South Plaza in the morning, then we navigated to Isla Santa Fe and anchored in a calm bay on the north eastern side of the island. This is the only visitor site on Isla Santa Fe. The bay looked beautiful with turquoise water when we arrived, as the sun was shining then. After...

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  • Snorkelling tour to Isla Santa Cruz

    Isla Santa Fe Things to Do

    I did not know there were daytrips to Isla Santa Fe which included a walk on the island, so I booked the Santa Fe snorkeling tour, which includes two snorkeling stops by Isla Santa Fe and a visit to Playa Escondida on Isla Santa Cruz. I booked the tour through Academy Bay Dive Centre on Av Charles Darwin. The tour was $85 (August 2014) and to rent...

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  • Snorkeling 2

    Isla Santa Fe Things to Do

    The second snorkeling place we went to during the day tour in 2014, was in the same calm bay that I had visited when on a cruise with Cachalote in 2011. The only visitor sight on the island is here. When I visited in 2011 we visited the island, but on this daytrip no landing was permitted. We snorkeled along the opposite side of the bay then last...

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Isla Española

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  • Landing at Gardner Bay

    Isla Española Transportation

    Española is one of the more remote islands, and the crossing here from Santa Cruz took all night, but passed without incident as far as we were concerned. The swell was not too bad and neither of us felt any adverse effects. We awoke when the anchor went down off the white sand of Gardner Bay.We landed twice on the island – well, in fact I landed...

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  • Gardner Bay

    Isla Española Things to Do

    Gardner Bay is one of the few places where it is permitted for visitors to wander without the close attendance of a guide, so once we had landed here Fabian left us largely to our own devices. We walked along the beach near the water’s edge, where a large number of Galápagos sea lions had congregated. Several of the females had babies, mostly...

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  • A very persistent sea lion pup!

    Isla Española Favorites

    The sands of Gardner Bay were dotted with Galápagos sea lions all along their length, as far as the eye could see. These were a mix of females and pups, as this is a favourite nursery site, and the pups ranged in age from almost newborn to almost full-size. I was intrigued by the buzz of activity here, as were we all, and I’ve put together a video...

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Isla Seymour

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  • Visiting North Seymour

    Isla Seymour Things to Do

    We did not navigate to North Seymour during the night but started to do so right after our visit to Isla Bartolomé. That meant we arrived and anchored next North Seymour in the evening. We did so because the chance to see Galapagos Sharks swimming around the boat after dark is large off North Seymour. And yes, we did see several sharks around the...

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  • Blue-footed Booby

    Isla Seymour Favorites

    The Blue-footed Boobies are funny looking birds, but also amazing with their bright blue feet and their special mating ritual. The Blue-footed Booby on Galapagos Islands is an endemic subspecies (Sula nebouxii excisa) and it is common, with around 10 000 pairs.As the name indicate the Blue-footed Boobies have bright blue webbed feet. The bill is...

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  • Frigatebirds

    Isla Seymour Favorites

    There are two species of frigatebirds in the Galapagos Islands, the Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) and the Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor). There are about 1000 pairs of the Magnificent Frigatebird spread in 12 colonies, and a few thousand pairs of the Great Frigatebird, also in 12 colonies.The frigatebirds are large seabirds with...

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Puerto Velasco Ibarra

  • Galapagos triangle

    Puerto Velasco Ibarra Transportation

    Transportation to Floreana is awkward in the sense that the cooperative lanchas (fast boats) go there and back to Puerto Ayora but not to any other island so one-way trips are not possible. At the same time a perfect triangle between Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabella makes for an interesting and straight-forward visit of three islands with minimum...

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  • Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge

    Puerto Velasco Ibarra Hotels

    Via a la Loberia, Puerto Velasco Ibarra , Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • This is the place to go to

    Puerto Velasco Ibarra Things to Do

    Loberia is the Spanish name for Sea lion kindergarten. It is organised at the end of the bay that plays as Floreana’s welcome center and only access point. The sea lion puppies are guarded by two males on both sides of a tiny isthmus and while apparently the mammas are out fishing. The little ones are playful and curious if big enough because there...

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Isla Sombrero Chino

  • Visiting Sombrero Chino

    Isla Sombrero Chino Things to Do

    We visited Sombrero Chino on the second day of the cruise with Cachalote (Fernandina Itinerary), and it was a lovely sunny day. After breakfast we took a short panga ride along the lava rocks of Santiago (where we were going to snorkel later) before heading to a small white sandy beach on the north side of Sombrero Chino. Here there is a wet...

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  • Snorkelling off Santiago

    Isla Sombrero Chino Things to Do

    When you visit Sombrero Chino the snorkeling is done along the lave rocks of Santiago. Two years previous I had snorkeled at Sullivan Bay (Santiago), not far away. That had been excellent snorkeling with very clear water and lots of things to see. And we had been in the water for 1.5 hours. I hoped that the snorkeling opposite Sombrero Chino would...

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  • Sea Lions

    Isla Sombrero Chino Favorites

    The Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) is an endemic subspecies. It is common, and there is a population of about 50 000 Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands. They can be seen in many places near the shores, on beaches, on the rocks or even in the towns, and don’t be surprised if you get surrounded by playful sea lions while...

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Isla Rábida

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  • Sea Lions

    Isla Rábida Favorites

    The Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) is an endemic subspecies. It is common, and there is a population of about 50 000 Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands. They can be seen in many places near the shores, on beaches, on the rocks or even in the towns, and don’t be surprised if you get surrounded by playful sea lions while...

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  • Mockingbirds

    Isla Rábida Favorites

    When Charles Darwin visited Galapagos Islands in 1835 he noticed that the Mockingbirds looked a bit different on different islands, and that is something that influenced his thoughts of evolution. There are four different species of Mockingbirds and they are all endemic. One is the Charles (Floreana) Mockingbird an endangered species that can only...

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  • Scorpions

    Isla Rábida Favorites

    During my two visits to Galapagos Islands I have only seen one scorpion and that was a yellow scorpion, Hadruroides lunatus, which we saw on Isla Rábida. This is not an endemic species and it can be found on many of the larger islands in the archipelago, except Genovesa, Marchena, Pinta and Española. In the Galapagos Islands there is also an...

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