Landing in an airport for the first time is always exciting. Landing in Baltra Airport is the beginning of your Galapagos adventure. As you begin the decent to Baltra Island, you can see the unique landscape of the island. The Baltra Airport is the smallest airport that we’ve ever been to, and the island is [...]
Update: (August 15, 2012) Quito’s mayor, Augusto Barrera just announced that the new airport will be opening in February of 2013. After listening to representatives from the airline, transportation, business and tourism industries he decided to postpone the opening. Ample connector roads are being constructed to address some of the primary concerns. Also, due to the [...]
Traveling from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos means you’ll be taking many different means of transportation. Landing at Baltra Airport, you’ll head across Baltra Island by bus to the dock. From the dock, you’ll be crossing Itabaca Channel by water taxi. The channel is a very narrow section of water that separates the northern Baltra [...]
Before landing on Baltra Island, you’ll fly through either Guayaquil or Quito. Guayaquil is on the Ecuador’s coast and Quito is high in the Andes. The Guayaquil airport is modern and bright. There are cafes and restaurants to relax and grab something to eat in, and there are souvenir shops with lots of interesting Ecuadorian handicrafts [...]
If you know some Spanish, you might be surprised when you hear that you will be traveling by chiva to some of the excursions in the Galapagos. A chiva is, after all, Spanish for a female goat. But no worries – you won’t be riding a goat on your trip to the Galapagos. These open [...]
Floreana Island is unique, even for the Galapagos. It is one of the southern most islands (only Española Island is further south) and has a thrilling human history. This video shows the departure from Floreana Island after two days and a night exploring the island.
Once you’re in Ecuador, your flight to the Galapagos Islands will depart either from Quito (in the Andes) or Guayaquil (on the coast). In the Galapagos, there are two main airports: Baltra and San Cristobal. Baltra Island is a small island north of Santa Cruz Island. The airport is small and very nice. Services at [...]