Destination guide: Galapagos, Ecuador

The Galapagos National Park is one of the most attractive destinations in Ecuador and is home to giant turtles, prehistoric iguanas and other unique species. For many tourists, the Galapagos Islands or “Enchanted Islands” as some people call them are a true paradise, where you can find beautiful white sand beaches, lava tunnels and one-of-a kind native flora and fauna. 

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  • Galapagos - Things to do

    Sights

    Puerto Egas

    Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galápagos - a long, flat, black lava shoreline where eroded shapes form lava pools, caves and inlets that house a great variety of wildlife. It's a great place to see colonies of marine iguanas basking in the sun and hundreds of Sally Lightfoot crabs attracting hunting herons. The inlets are also a favorite haunt of the surprisingly agile Galápagos fur sealions. This stretch is named after Dario Egas, the owner of a salt mine on the island who was once, as a result of presidential patronage, the only producer of salt in the country.

    Behind the black lava shoreline is Sugarloaf Volcano, which can be reached via a 2km (1.2mi) path on which lava lizards, Darwin's finches and Galápagos doves are often seen. It peters out near the summit, but the views from here are stupendous! There's also an extinct crater in which feral goats are known to lurk. North of the volcano is a crater where the mine once was - its remains can still be seen.

     Sub-Type: Volcano
    Address:  Isla San Salvador
    Extras: on James Bay

    Punta Espinoza

    Just across Canal Bolívar, Punta Espinoza houses marine iguanas (too many to count) which can be seen sunning themselves on the black lava formations - a dramatic sight that looks like a museum diorama on dinosaurs come to life. Flightless cormorants nest nearby and Galápagos penguins, turtles and sealions can be seen frolicking in a fine display of multispecies tolerance in the nearby lagoon. .

     Sub-Type: Beach
    Address: Isla Fernandina
    Transportation Type: boat

    Volcán Wolf

    Not only is Isla Isabela the largest Galápagos island, but its imposing skyline of grumbling volcanoes makes it the most striking. Volcán Wolf is the highest point in the Galápagos, standing at 1707m (5600ft), and is one of the most active volcanos on the archipelago - young lava covers the caldera floor. Ten eruptions have occurred between 1797 and 1982. The 1982 eruption saw fountains of lava emanating from vents before rising over the rim.

     Sub-Type: Volcano
    Address: Isla Isabela
    Extras
    : N end of island

    Telephone Exchange

    Just near the pier in the heart of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, this international call center is the place to come when you're feeling homesick (or need to boast about your travels).

    Sub-Type: Tourist Information
    Address: cnr Av Charles Darwin & Av Herman Melville, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristóbal

    Cámara de Turismo

    This is the place to come for hotel information as well as maps and schedules for local boat transportation. You can also report any complaints about boats, tours, guides or crew here - some of the staff speak English.

    Sub-Type: Tourist Information
    Telephone Number: +593 5 252 6153
    Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 07:30-12:00 & 14:00-17:30
    Address: Av Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz
    Website: www.galapagostour.org

    Limón y Café

    If you're not staying at a hotel with free Internet access, stand-alone cafes are it. Here you can drink a beer while you type - it's also a popular bar.

    Sub-Type: Internet
    Pricing: around US$2.00 per hour
    Address: Av Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz

    Casa de Lago Cultural Center

    This center occasionally has readings, live music, performances, film screenings (on weekends) and photo exhibitions - all with a Galápagos, Ecuador or South American focus. It's also a good place to stay.

    Sub-Type: Tourist Information
    Telephone Number: +593 5 271 4647
    Address: Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz
    Email: galapagoscultural@hotmail.com
    Website: www.galapagoscultural.com

    Banco del Pacífico

    This is possibly the only bank in the world where pelicans and iguanas queue for the ATM (or around it, anyway). It changes travelers checks and gives cash advances on credit cards, but there's a fee for each transaction. Does not accept Plus cards.

    Sub-Type: Bank
    Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-15:30, Sat 09:30-12:30
    Address: Av Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz