Arrival in Galapagos Islands

Puerto Ayora Travel Blog

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Nice airplane...free booze, snack and other beverages..

We were picked up at 5AM to catch our departure flight from Quito to Baltra Island at 7AM.  After checking into our flight, we had to pay the US$10 Galapagos fee before going through security and boarding the plane.  Upon arrival in Baltra, we had to pay the US$100 Galapagos National Park Fee before picking up our luggage.  We were met by our tour guide Veronica.  We boarded the Galapagos bus which took us to the dock to catch a ferry boat to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.  Once we arrived on Santa Cruz Island, we boarded a taxi which took us to our hotel, Hotel Mainoa.  This was a lovely old spanish type mansion converted into a hotel.

  Our room was  on the top floor which provided a lovely view of the ocean.  The only drawback is that there were no elevators but the friendly staff carried our luggage upstairs.  After a few minutes we headed to the Rock Cafe for a delicious lunch of cerviche and an Inca cola.  After lunch, we stopped at the Deep and got fitted for our wet suits and snorkelling gear for the next day.  We then headead over to Tortuga Bay (a long walking path loaded with cactus, red throat lizards and finches) before getting to the beach and then the lagoon for swimming.  Oh, we saw some lava iguana hanging out in the beach area.  After a short swim it was already 5PM and we had to get off the beach as it closes at 5PM.  We headed back to the hotel.  We went back to the Rock for dinner and then to the local discoteque for some menengue dancing to end the night.

 

 

traveller142009 says:
It was great to be there and see all those unique species of birds, turtles, sea lions, penguins, pelicans, iguanas etc. I would go back any minute!
Posted on: May 22, 2010
Natalia_19 says:
Love all the pics (specially the ones of the Galapagos Islands!) :)
Posted on: May 22, 2010
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Nice airplane...free booze, snack …
Nice airplane...free booze, snack…
Line to go through immigration and…
Line to go through immigration an…
Baltra Island - Galapagos
Baltra Island - Galapagos
Outside Baltras airport...many sh…
Outside Baltra's airport...many s…
Bus that takes us to the dock
Bus that takes us to the dock
dock on Baltra Island to take ferr…
dock on Baltra Island to take fer…
Blue footed boobies...yeah!
Blue footed boobies...yeah!
Seal lions...yeah!
Seal lions...yeah!
Puerto Ayora - Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora - Santa Cruz Island
We had our lunches and dinner here…
We had our lunches and dinner her…
Local beer
Local beer
Cerviche..yum yum
Cerviche..yum yum
Map of Tortuga Bay
Map of Tortuga Bay
Cacti on the boardwalk to Tortuga …
Cacti on the boardwalk to Tortuga…
Friends we met on the boardwalk - …
Friends we met on the boardwalk -…
Friends we met on the boardwalk
Friends we met on the boardwalk
Isnt he cute!
Isn't he cute!
High currents not recommended for …
High currents not recommended for…
lava iguanas on the beach
lava iguanas on the beach
Fish (dont remember name) offered…
Fish (don't remember name) offere…
Sunrise from my bedroom window at …
Sunrise from my bedroom window at…
From the roof top at the Mainao Ho…
From the roof top at the Mainao H…
The roof top terrace at the Mainao…
The roof top terrace at the Maina…
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