The most populous town in the Galápagos Islands is Puerto Ayora, located in Santa Cruz island. Because of its geographic position, it has turned it into the most popular springboard among all the islands. It is small enough to explore it walking and the best place on the islands to arrange a boat trip to meet the other ones.One the most exciting of the activities involve day trips that depart from Puerto Ayora to the uninhabited islands in the archipelago. Below we describe some of those day trips.
North Seymour Island
45 minutes north from Puerto Ayora you’ll find North Seymour Island. The whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation and it is home to one of the largest populations of blue-footed boobies and gulls, and frigatebirds. The island’s amazing wildlife makes it one of the most popular day tours departing from Santa Cruz. The most popular activities include: visit Bachas Beach for some snorkeling, go to small lagoons to find flamingos, and meet the cute and funny blue-footed boobies. Click here to learn more about Galapagos’ unique wildlife.
Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos. Here you’ll find the isolated beach home to the famous Galapagos sea lions and through Opuntia Cactus trees you will find Barrington (or Santa Fe) Land Iguanas, a unique endemic species. Also, you can see swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, shearwaters petrels, rays, sea turtles, Galapagos sharks and a lot of fishes.
South Plaza Island
Famous for its extraordinary flora, this island is very popular among tourists. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its color from intense green to orange and purpl so you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view from atop or strolling along the cliff. At South Plaza Island you’ll be able to see nesting red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, Galápagos land iguanas, Sea Lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, and seabirds.
The youngest island in the archipelago is Bartolome Island, located 2 hours from Puerto Ayora by boat. it has breathtaking landscapes, thanks to its variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations. Also, it has the most representative landmark of the Galapagos, the famous Pinnacle Rock. At the beautiful pink and white sand beach, you can snorkel with Galápagos penguins, sea lions and turtles, and tropical fishes
Puerto Ayora is most populated spot of the archipelago. It is a busy port full of boats, fishing boats and private yachts that transport tourists every day and allows them to enjoy from the islands’ turquoise waters. Would you like to embark on an adventure to the Galapagos? Let us host you! At Ikala Galapagos Hotel, you unmatched service and amenities, with a perfect location in Puerto Ayora.