Galapagos ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ - Santa Cruz

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Tips ๐Ÿ‘

  • The island is quite big, but with only one main city.
  • Allow around 2 hours of commute between the airport and the city.
  • You need at least 131$/person in cash from Ecuador to reach the center.

๐Ÿ  Accommodation

We first stayed one night at the Morning Glory Hotel which was expensive but nice and central, and then 5 nights in a basic and dirty AirBnB we wouldnโ€™t recommend.

๐Ÿšฒ Getting there

Flight of 2 hours from Guayaquil with LATAM and was perfect.

โฑ Duration

We stayed 6 nights and 5 days and felt that was good duration.

Airport to mainland ๐Ÿ›ฅ

We first arrived on Santa Cruz by plane from Guayaquil and landed on Baltra Island. After leaving the plane, we walked toward the immigration desk, where we got required to pay 100$/person in cash to get onto the territory. Post-payment, we walked to the next joined desk where we bought the bus tickets to the pier 5$/person. There was no other options to get to Puerto Ayora.

After waiting an very deep luggage inspection featuring labradors drug lords, we boarded the bus for 10 minutes ride. We then disambarked to jump on a little boat with our luggages for other 10 minutes, costing 1$/person. On the other side, we agreed to take a one-hour bus to the city for another 5$/person. But after waiting for 20 minutes seeing the bus was not full-enough to leave, we negociated with a local taxi driver to share one with two other peoples for 6$/person.

A bit tired, we finally reached our hotel around 1:30PM, about more or less 2 hours after we landed. Long story short, we were really happy that we took cash with us. We took a private cab on the way back from the city center to the airport for 25$ in total.

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Walking around ๐Ÿšถ

After relaxing at the hotel, we went for a little walk to book the boat tickets for the next day and see a bit the city. We went up to the main pier where tons of agency were selling tickets. After asking prices at few of them, we booked the round-trip for 50$/person for the next day.

We then walked back with calm toward our hotel. On the way, we saw many iguanas, birds and sea lions families sun-bathing. We stopped by the fish market where the birds and locals where fighting for the freshest fish, making it a quite funny scene to look at. The city being well curated, it was a very pleasant walk.

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Tour agency ๐ŸŽŸ

We booked all our activities (beside scuba diving) with Chamaco Tours, located at the pier. We went there randomly to book island transfer tickets and we highly recommend.

They booked us on really good boats (La Gaviota), as well as on a great bay tour where we spotted sharks and turtles for a good price. We paid 25$/person for each boat and 35$/person for the tour. They also kept our luggages everytime we had to wait between transfers.