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Puerto Ayora

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Isla Santa Cruz

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Isla Isabela

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Isla San Cristóbal

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Isla Baltra

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Puerto Villamil

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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Isla Santa María

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Isla Española

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Puerto Velasco Ibarra

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Isla Santa Fe

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Isla Genovesa

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Isla Sombrero Chino

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Isla Seymour

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Isla Mariela

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Isla Rábida

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Isla Bartolomé

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Isla San Salvador

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San Cristóbal

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Isla Fernandina

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Puerto Ayora

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  • Three daytrips with bicycle

    Puerto Ayora Things to Do

    When I visited Puerto Ayora in 2013 I rented a bike three times and made daytrips out of Puerto Ayora. One day I cycled to Media Luna and walked to Puntodo, another day I cycled to Los Gemelos andRancho Primicias, and another day I cycled to El Garrapatero. I will make tips about those places on my Isla Santa Cruz page.I rented the bikes from two...

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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

  • Wildlife in town

    Puerto Ayora Favorites

    You don’t have to go outside town to see wildlife. If you stroll around the two piers you will definitely encounter sea lions, marine iguanas and different birds. On the old pier I have seen sea lions lying on the benches. That is not something you can see everywhere! Among the birds that I have seen around the piers are pelicans, great blue...

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Isla Santa Cruz

  • Three daytrips with bicycle

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    When I visited Puerto Ayora and Isla Santa Cruz in 2013 I rented a bike three times and made daytrips out of Puerto Ayora. One day I cycled to Media Luna and walked to Puntodo, another day I cycled to Los Gemelos andRancho Primicias, and another day I cycled to El Garrapatero. I rented the bikes from two different agencies on the street Islas...

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  • Puntudo

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    Puntudo is an old volcanic cone, a spatter cone, situated north of Bellavista, in the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz. On a clear day you will have great views in all direction of the island from here. Nearby is Cerro Crocker (860m), the highest point on Isla Santa Cruz. You should not go to Puntudo or Cerro Crocker alone if it is foggy, as it is easy...

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  • El Garrapatero Beach

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    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. After...

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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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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 Baltra

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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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  • Flying to Galapagos Islands

    Isla Baltra Transportation

    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

    Isla Baltra Transportation

    The first time I arrived to Baltra was with plane and I was going on a cruise. We (the people going on the cruise) were met at the airport by our guide and, as we were visiting the highlands on Santa Cruz and Charles Darwin Research Station before boarding the boat, we took a bus from the airport to Canal de Itabaca. Frequent ferries are crossing...

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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 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 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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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: Couples

  • 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 Santa Fe

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  • Santa Fe landing

    Isla Santa Fe Transportation

    Barrington Bay is the only visitor site on Santa Fe. It is considered one of the most beautiful coves in the Galápagos, with its white sand and turquoise waters sheltered by a line of rocks and islets offshore. The landing here is a wet one. The cruise boats anchor some distance off shore because of that line of rocks and the ride in is a lovely...

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  • The early bird ...

    Isla Santa Fe Favorites

    We landed here early, at around 7.00 am, well before those from either of the other two boats moored in the bay. As usual we were immediately drawn to the various Galápagos sea lions relaxing on the beach. The females here were patrolled by a noisy bull, who was guarding his harem from just off-shore. We soon spotted one female who was further up...

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  • In search of Land Iguanas

    Isla Santa Fe Things to Do

    From the small beach we took the short loop trail through the Opuntia forest on the headland to the north, overlooking beach and bay. This trail is just 800 metres long and rated easy/moderate.Santa Fe is known for its own endemic species of Land Iguana, which is larger than those found on the other islands in the archipelago. They are also paler...

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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 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 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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