"In and around Puerto Ayora town" Top 5 Page for this destination Galápagos Islands Off The Beaten Path Tip by Quero

Galápagos Islands Off The Beaten Path: 17 reviews and 19 photos


It may seem strange to recommend Puerto Ayora and vicinity as "off the beaten path" since it is by far the largest town in the islands, with over 10,000 residents!

However, most visitors just pass through Puerto Ayora on the way to or from a boat tour. And generally they only stop for a look at Lonesome George at the Darwin Station, or maybe to buy a couple of tee shirts or check email at the internet cafe.

But if you can manage an extra day or a few days, try to spend them in this town, observing the rhythm of island life and enjoying the island. There is really quite a lot to do!

For example, you can head down to Pelican Bay right in town, where the fishermen come in with the daily catch. You can pick up a fish that looks good to you and then take it to a restaurant and ask that it be prepared for you.

Or you can catch a "panga" water taxi and head across the bay to Playa de los Alemanes to relax on the beach, Or maybe even go a bit further and spend some time on the lovely Tortuga Bay beach. It's a two-mile/ three kilometer walk.

The photo shows a shot of the town from the pier. The website below is from a commercial venture, but it has great info on things to do on the island of Santa Cruz. You can do any of these things based out of Puerto Ayora.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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