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 - Getting around &Transportation
Most people get around the islands by organized boat tour, but it’s very easy to visit some of the islands independently. Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, Isabela and Santa María (Floreana) all have accommodations and are reachable by affordable interisland boat rides or flights. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll only scratch the surface of the archipelago’s natural wonders traveling independently.
The small airline EMETEBE flies a five-passenger aircraft between the islands. It offers daily flights between Baltra and Puerto Villamil (Isla Isabela), between Baltra and San Cristóbal, and between San Cristóbal and Puerto Villamil. Fares for foreigners are about $130 one-way, and there is a 9kg baggage limit per person (although this is flexible if the plane isn’t full).
Puerto Ayora [tel] 05-252-6177
San Cristóbal [tel] 05-252-0615
Puerto Villamil [tel] 05-252-9255
Guayaquil [tel] 04-229 2492
Private speedboats known as lanchas or fibras (short for fiberglass boats) offer daily passenger ferry services between Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal and Isabela (there are no direct trips between San Cristóbal and Isabela). Fares are $30 on any passage and are purchased either on the day before or the day of departure. Ask around in Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Puerto Villamil; see the Getting There & Away sections of these towns for more information