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Galapagos travel for Puerto Ayora
by on June 22, 2017

Ultimate Guide to Getting around the Galapagos Islands

All you need to know about transport to/from Puerto Ayora & Baltra Airport

So..Galapagos travel to Puerto Ayora, it should be pretty straight forward, right? Board the plane, reach Baltra airport, all that’s left is is the trip to Puerto Ayora.

Did you know Seymour airport  On Baltra became the worlds first green airport in 2012?


Arrival in Baltra (Seymour Airport)

Baltra is usually the first place most visitors set foot when arriving in the archipelago unless you are due to board a Galapagos cruise as soon as you get off the plane. Catching a taxi or uber is not an option from the airport, so how do you reach the nearest town? First you need to catch the bus that takes you to the Itabaca channel. These are easy to find, and are parked outside the arrival terminal. If they aren’t outside when you arrive, wait patiently a few minutes and one will be there shortly. You can place your luggage in the external bus compartment, or carry them onto the bus with you. The bus will be approximately 5 minutes, leaving you at the channel that runs between Santa Cruz and Baltra.


(Puerto Ayora).

Baltra Air View
Baltra airport air view

Transport to Itabaca Channel

Baltra road to Itabaca Channel
Road to itabaca channel

Once you have reached the channel, you can board a ferry, and catch a bus on the other end to the main town of Puerto Ayora. The cost of the Ferry is less than a dollar, it will take a short ten-minute ride. Have your camera ready, as you will start spotting wildlife on the ferry! You can already start spotting mangrove swamps, black lava walls & wildlife in your surroundings ?.

Currently, this is the only way of reaching Puerto Ayora, the nearest town to the airport where you can find lodging, restaurants, small local agencies and more.


Itabaca Channel
Panoramic View-Itabaca channel

Galapagos Travel for Puerto Ayora (Infographic)

So you might be thinking, this all sounds great…. but very vague, I’m going to need more to go on. The last thing you want is to end up in the other port (for guest boarding a cruise). This infographic should cover all your questions and more! ?

Itabaca Channel

Now if all of the above seems like to much trouble, our trip advisors can have all of the above set up for you 🙂 For more information about transfers, Galapagos cruises or land-based options, contact our trip advisors and get started with your dream tour today!

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About Keenan Ennis

Keenan Ennis studied Conservation and wildlife biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This eventually lead him to a program in Ecuador studying hummingbirds and their keystone nutritional species in the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve. Since, he has worked with the critically endangered Bandurria Andina, or black-faced Ibis of the Andean Páramo. Through his ecological background, he provides an in depth insight into the conservation processes of the Galapagos Islands.

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