Galapagos Puerto Ayora

Galapagos Puerto Ayora offers you all kinds of modern comforts and natural experiences. It's the tourist Capital of the Galapagos Islands.


At Puerto Ayora, you can enjoy swimming with exotic marine life in several beaches and enjoy tons of natural adventures.

This port city has grown rapidly in comparison to the development of the other four inhabited Islands. This city has become the economic and tourist capital of the Galapagos Islands.

Swimming, snorkeling and sea kayaking are among the most popular attractions. Relax and enjoy the sun at the beach, photograph and observe the wildlife.

You can enjoy day cruises to nearby Islands and experience world class scuba diving. Adventure mountain biking, stargazing are a must.

At night in Galapagos Puerto Ayora, you can relax in bars and discotheques with live music welcoming you to the night life of Galapagos.

You will find affordable and good quality accommodations here, as well as a number of fine dining restaurants. The people at Puerto Ayora are quite friendly and will welcome you with open arms.

Charles Darwin Research Station

You can visit this scientific station that consists of a national park information center, a museum and a baby tortoise house. Also you'll be able to take a look at the giant old tortoise called Lonesome George.

This giant tortoise is the last survivor of his species from Pinta Island and until now the scientists have not found a female for him, so when he dies someday, there will be one species less on the Galapagos Islands.

The research station is dedicated to providing scientific research, technical assistance and information to ensure conservation success in the Galapagos Islands.

They make efforts to protect the species that live on the Islands, and are also running programs such as the eradication of feral cats. At the center you can learn of the history of the Galapagos Islands as well.

After this visit you'll be in the right mood to walk to Tortuga Bay, which is one of the most beautiful beaches of the world.

Another place to take beautiful photos is the Academy Bay it is a natural harbor where you'll be able to observe all kinds of ships that stop in Galapagos Puerto Ayora before they go on sailing around the world.

Galapagos Puerto Ayora Attractions

The Grietas is one of the best tourist attractions of Puerto Ayora.

The grietas are formed because of the underground filtering of sea water, forming a beautiful, deep pond where you can enjoy snorkeling and diving.

Crossing Puerto Ayora's bay, you can reach the other side of town. In this part of town you can rest at the German's beach or walk for 20 minutes until you reach The Grietas.

The Tintoreras cave, is a place where you can sea a type of shark, called tintorera, very closely.

You can go there in a Bay Tour that will take you to other tourist visiting sites, or rent sea kayaks to go there on your own, but hiring a guide is very advisable.

The Bellavista caves are beautiful natural caves that you can walk through, you will feel like you were in the middle of the Earth, deep inside the surface.

This caves offer a great introduction to the geology of the Galapagos Islands.

You can hire a local guided tour on Santa Cruz Island to visit the higher grounds.

These highland ranches include Rancho Mariposa and Rancho Altair. Visit also El Chaco where you will see Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

There are also aquatic tours in glass-bottom boats to view marine life at Punta Estrada, Las Grietas, Isla Caamano, Playa de los Perros and Franklin Bay.

Be prepared to walk and view endemic birds, sea lions, marine iguanas and endemic vegetation.

Galapagos Puerto Ayora is a laid-back city with a relaxed atmosphere. The bay here is always filled with sailboats and yachts, while birds can been seen flying around overhead, looking for a nice tasty snack to get hold of.

It is a thriving center for people who live in the Galapagos Islands as well as tourists.

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