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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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Puerto Villamil

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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Isla Pinzón

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Isla Santa Fe

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Isla Baltra

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Isla Española

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Isla Santa María

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Isla Seymour

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Isla Genovesa

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Isla Bartolomé

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Isla Rábida

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Isla Fernandina

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Santa Cruz

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Isla Sombrero Chino

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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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  • Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

    Puerto Ayora Hotels

    Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 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

  • Rancho El Manzanillo

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    When I visited Galapagos Islands in 2011 and 2013 I had not heard of El Manzanillo. When I saw the sign along the main road across the island I asked the taxi driver what it was and he told me it was a fairly new ranch where you can see tortoises in their natural habitat. It opened in 2012. So, one day I decided to cycle there from Puerto Ayora....

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  • Playa Escondida

    Isla Santa Cruz Things to Do

    I went on a snorkeling tour to Isla Santa Fe and before returning to Puerto Ayora we visited Playa Escondida on Isla Santa Cruz. It is a small secluded beach, east/northeast of Puerto Ayora. Coming home I have looked on Google Earth and there I saw that it is situated near El Garrapatero. To visit Playa Escondida you must arrive from the sea. When...

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  • Four daytrips with bicycle (2014)

    Isla Santa Cruz 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 Isabela

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  • Speedboat between Puerto Ayora and...

    Isla Isabela Transportation

    Update July 2014: I had planned to go to Isla Isabela the same day I arrived to Galapagos Islands, so when the bus arrived in Puerto Ayora I directly crossed the road and went to Cabomar’s office, afraid that there was not going to be any tickets available. Luckily there were still tickets available for the 14.00 boat. The ticket was $30. As last...

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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

  • Frigatebirds

    Isla Isabela Favorites

    The frigatebirds are beautiful to see, either when they fly above the boat or when they are in their nest, maybe with a downy little with chick next to it. And the males with their inflated chest pouch are impressive to see. On Isla Isabela I didn’t see any males with large red chest pouches, but I have seen that on other islands. On the cruise...

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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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Puerto Villamil

  • Rent a bicycle in Puerto Villamil

    Puerto Villamil Things to Do

    Update July 2014: There are now more places where you can rent a bike, and the bikes are in a good condition. I rented a bike from a store on Antonio Gil, and the price was $2 per hour. Still no lock is needed for the bikes._____________________________________________________________________ 2011:In the morning of my last day on Isla Isabela I...

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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

  • Trillizos

    Puerto Villamil Things to Do

    I had not heard of Trillizos before coming to Puerto Villamil in 2014. The reason why I hadn’t heard of it during my previous visit, in 2011, is because that is the year the cave was discovered. It was discovered when land was cleared and someone almost fell into the deep hole. At Trillizos you rappel down a 180 metres deep hole (or actually you...

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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 Pinzón

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  • Isla Pinzón

    Isla Pinzón Things to Do

    Isla Pinzón is an island west of Isla Santa Cruz. It has an area of 18 sq km and the highest point is 458 metres high. The island is named after two brothers, who were captains on the ships Pinta and Nina during Columbus first voyage over the Atlantic. The English name of Isla Pinzón is Duncan Island. The vegetation on Pinzón is typical of the one...

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  • Snorkelling 1 – Around a rocky islet

    Isla Pinzón Things to Do

    The first snorkeling stop at Isla Pinzon was at a small rocky islet on the north/north-western side of the island. As we arrived a few dolphins swam past, but we were not ready to go into the water. One of the men led us snorkeling around the islet. After a while the currents became very strong. The man and some others grabbed the rocks under the...

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  • Snorkelling 2 - Bahía Pengüino

    Isla Pinzón Things to Do

    Snorkelling 2 - Bahía PengüinoThe second snorkeling site at Isla Pinzón was at Bahía Pengüino. It was a wonderful place for snorkeling! The sun was shining when we arrived and the sea had a lovely turquoise colour. The water is shallow and the bottom sandy, except at the rocky shores. We were told that white tipped reef sharks often come to this...

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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 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 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 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 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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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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Islas Plazas

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  • Islas Plazas and Plaza Sur (South Plaza)

    Islas Plazas Things to Do

    Islas Plazas are two small islands just off the east coast of Isla Santa Cruz. They were formed by uplift and tilt to the north. Only South Plaza can be visited and it is one of the smallest visited islands in the Galapagos (it is only 13 hectares). Because there are many interesting things to see here and as it is close to Isla Santa Cruz it is...

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  • Daytrip to Plaza Sur (Islas Plazas)

    Islas Plazas Things to Do

    I wanted to visit Plaza Sur during my last day in Galapagos Islands 2014, even though I had been there during a cruise in 2011. I went around to several agencies and they all told me it was sold out, but finally, at one agency (on Tomas de Berlanga) I found an agency selling more expensive tours. Instead of $120 it was $160 (August 2014) because...

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  • Hybrid Iguana

    Islas Plazas Favorites

    On Plaza Sur the marine iguanas and land iguanas live near each other and that has resulted in hybrid iguanas. Several hybrids between a male marine iguana and a female land iguana have been found. The hybrids are sterile. I don’t think we saw any hybrid iguanas the first time I visited Plaza Sur (on a cruise in 2011), but on my second visit (a...

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Isla Bartolomé

  • Lava Lizards

    Isla Bartolomé Favorites

    Lava Lizards are endemic to the Galapagos Islands and there are seven different species. The Galapagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus Albemarlensis) can be seen on several islands, and then there are the Española Lava Lizard, Floreana Lava Lizard, Marchena Lava Lizard, Pinta Lava Lizard, Pinzón Lava Lizard and the San Cristóbal Lava Lizard. There is...

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  • Marine Iguanas

    Isla Bartolomé Favorites

    One of the highlights of Galapagos Islands is to see the amazing Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). They are endemic to the islands and they are also the only lizards in the word that swim in the sea. The Marine Iguanas spend most of their time on land, but they feed on algae and seaweed. There are seven subspecies of Marine Iguanas in the...

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  • Landing on Bartolomé

    Isla Bartolomé Transportation

    The landing here is a dry one, and as you can see in the photo, we had someone to meet us as we set foot on the island! This is Geoff trying not to step on any stray flippers ;-) The stone steps are very even and easy to walk on – I think they must be fairly new. If you look at what’s going on in the panga you can see our usual dry landing routine...

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