Visiting Galapagos Islands is an experience like no other. However, in order to enjoy every moment in the archipelagos, you have to be efficient with your time. In order to do this, you need to know how to get around the island. Below we mention ways you can explore the islands.
Islands You Can Visit
You can choose to visit between eight islands, however only four are inhabited: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana . Other four are uninhabited: Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fe.
Most tourists begin their journey to the Galapagos by visiting Santa Cruz island. If you’re looking for interact with locals, we recommend to based your trip in one of the port towns, such as Puerto Ayora. Visiting this port, which is the most populated, you’ll have plenty of time to immerse yourself in island culture, also, the freedom and flexibility to take day trips to nearby sites.
This is a great option for those who want to save time and rather fly to a nearby island . Emetebe and Zair are two airlines that offer flights in small planes, with a capacity of 5 people. The routes are between Santa Cruz (Baltra), San Cristobal and Isabela, with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes for each route. Take into consideration that this way of transportation can be quite expensive, and the cost increase if you’re planning to visit lots of islands.
The cheapest way to get between the islands is the boat rides. The government company Ingala operates passenger ferries between Isabela, Santa Cruz, Floreana and San Cristobal islands. These boats depart twice a day, early in the morning and in the afternoon.They arrive in Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Puerto Villamil and Puerto Velasco Ibarra. The tickets cost around $20 – $30.
Speed Boat Transfers
Private companies offer speedboat transfers. These have a higher price and but travel in a faster speed compared to the public ferries. If you’re susceptible to motion sickness it’s important to know that because these boats are very small and fast, we’d recommend taking some nausea tablets beforehand. Also, it’s recommended to take a waterproof or poncho. The boats stops just short of the shore, so you can take a short water taxi ride to a pier.
Day tours are also available. There are plenty of choices, so be sure to shop around for a tour that suits your needs and budget. We can connect you with the best local tour operators in Puerto Ayora. It’s program includes private marine transportation with a speed yacht and visits to many important tourist points.
Finally, on the inhabited islands public transportation is available to get around. There are taxis, water taxis and bike rentals available, and the towns are all easy to navigate on foot.
If you are visiting the Galapagos, what better way to start your journey than to stay at Ikala Hotel. We offer high-quality rooms with a premium location, useful amenities and unmatched service. Start planning your trip to these enchanted islands by booking your room here.