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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

The capital and administrative center of the Gal√°pagos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, has the second largest population in the archipelago after Puerto Ayora.

Although the tourist infrastructure is less advanced here than in Puerto Ayora, visitors to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are not without options. Hotels, stores, restaurants and travel agencies line the main street, and internet caf√©s, telephone centers and banks are common. There is also a small post ofÔ¨Āce, police station and hospital. The Gal√°pagos campus of the San Francisco University is also in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, so university staff and students reside here.

Day trips to various onland, offshore and marine sites are available and can be arranged through travel agencies and dive centers located in town. Private vehicles (taxis) provide fairly inexpensive and reliable transportation and are often a good alternative to arranged tours when visiting highland sites. There are also infrequent public buses that run from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to the village of El Progreso (8 km/5 mi to the east).

Some boats begin their tours here, and periodic closings of the Baltra airport for cleaning or maintenance can cause tourist activity to shift to San Cristóbal. As a result, visitor services and facilities are constantly improving in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to provide alternatives for tourists and to meet tourist demand.





Other places nearby Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: Puerto Ayora, Puerto Velasco Ibarra and Puerto Villamil.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
08 Jun 2011

Top Hotels in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Hotel Casablanca

128909Casablanca is a pleasant, small (7 bedrooms) bed and breakfast conveniently located on the main street, across from the bay. The rooms are attractive, airy and eclectic: each one is different and ...
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Bellavista is a family run hotel with a prime location in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, right next to the tourist pier on the main street. Bellavista’s waterfront location provides great sunset watching ...
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Casa Opuntia Hotel

137256San Cristobal\'s newest luxury hotel occupies a priveleged spot on the refurbished boardwalk within walking distance of the Playa del oro beach. The beachfront rooms offer a spectacular view, and the ...
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Hotel Miconia

Hotel Miconia is one of the better visitor options in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The rooms are nice, the staff friendly, and you\'ll find a Jacuzzi, small exercise room and bar there. On mainland ...
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Nearby Beaches

102162 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno has several inter- esting visitor sites nearby. You should deÔ¨Ānitely check out the visitor‚Äôs center and the trails behind it, which lead to a great beach (Cabo de ...
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The Gal√°pagos National Park Interpretation Center

102161Inaugurated in 1998, the Gal√°pagos National Park Interpretation Center, located on the northeast side of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, has a series of interactive exhibits providing information about the ...
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El Refugio del Pirata

El Refugio del Pirata (‚ÄúPirate‚Äôs Refuge‚ÄĚ) is a liquor store and pool hall. There are two battered tables and it costs $2 per hour to play. They sell cold beer for carry-out as well. Eyepatches ...
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