Chill at Tortuga Bay
Take your time to enjoy the white-sand beach of Tortuga Bay and watch the marine iguanas chilling in the shade. Walking the full length of Tortuga Bay will leave you at Playa Mansa, a beautiful lagoon that is a great spot for kids.
Check out the Darwin Research Centre
A great way to start your trip to the Galapagos Islands is by getting an introduction to the species that live here at this research centre. You can find out all about the giant-tortoise breeding program, and see baby tortoises, iguanas and various plants.
See Giant Tortoises at El Chato Reserve
If there’s one thing you really can’t miss in the Galapagos Islands, it’s the giant tortoises. The best place to observe them is in their natural habitat in El Chato Reserve. If you are lucky, you might even get to see them mate.
Enjoy Local Seafood at Los Kioskos
It’s no secret that you will find amazing local seafood in the Galapagos Islands, and you don’t need to go to a fine-dining restaurant to get it. Come to this authentic local restaurant late at night, and experience the real Galapagos Islands at first hand.
Go for a Swim at Garrapatero
About 30 minutes’ drive from Puerto Ayora you will find Garrapatero beach, a stunning expanse of sand where you can spot flamingos and iguanas. If you get there early in the morning, you might be the first one to step on the sand and get to enjoy the untouched beauty all by yourself.
Take a Trip to Las Grietas
Meaning ‘the Cracks’ in English, Las Grietas is a spot where deep ocean water runs through a crevasse between two tall cliffs. You can swim, dive and snorkel here. Visiting Las Grietas is a great option for a half-day trip and you can get here easily by taking a cheap boat taxi.
Soak up the Sun at Las Bachas
Just north of Puerto Ayora is a beautiful beach called Bachas. The waves are calm and it is a perfect place for children to swim. You can also spot parts of an abandoned rusty barge from World War II just a short walk from the beach.
Walk Through Lava Tunnels
Imagining walking through a long tunnel that was created by flooding lava. The lava tunnels were formed by the cooling of the outside layer of the lava, which created a crust around it, while the hot lava was still inside. When the lava flowed out, it created the tunnel we see today. The lava tunnels in Santa Cruz are on private property, but you don’t need a guide to visit.
Drink With the Locals at Bongo Bar
The Bongo Bar in Puerto Ayora is the best place to go if you feel like partying, or if you’d like to enjoy some sushi; it’s said that it has the best sushi in the Galapagos Islands. You will find both locals and tourists here.
Av. Charles Darwin y Thomas de Berlanga, 098 4930894
Experience Santa Cruz Fish Market
Get up early and watch the fishers getting their catch fresh from the sea, cutting it up and getting it ready to sell. The fish market is also a great place to spot the pelicans who are hanging around, ready to snap up some fish.