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Puerto Ayora

The main town in Galápagos is Puerto Ayora, located on Santa Cruz island. It’s a friendly, medium-sized town of some 20,000 inhabitants. The majority of land tours, scuba-diving tours and adventure tours originate and/or are based here.

Visitors intending to arrange cruise tours locally will stay here waiting for availability on boats to open up. Virtually every cruise tour makes a day stop here—usually near the half-way point of an eight-day trip or at the extremes of the four or five-day trip—so that visitors can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and highlands and stock up on medicine, film, batteries and snacks if supplies were beginning to run low. Since Puerto Ayora caters to tourist activities, visitors can find almost any item unintentionally left behind.

There is a wide assortment of hotels, restaurants, bars, stores, tour agencies, dive shops, internet cafés and phone centers. There is also a post office, airline offices, a basic public hospital and a hyperbaric chamber.

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Other places nearby Puerto Ayora: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, 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...
24 Jan 2011

Top Hotels in Puerto Ayora

Red Mangrove Adventure Inn

The Red Mangrove Adventure Inn is one of Puerto Ayora's better hotels. Each room is clean, comfortable, and equipped with private hot bath and ceiling fan. There is also a small pool, a meeting area ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hostal Mainao

115621The Hostal Mainao (don\'t be fooled by the name: it\'s no hostal but a hotel) is a pleasant, clean, multi-story hotel located a couple of blocks off the main street in Puerto Ayora. The staff are ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hotel Gardner

115626The Hotel Gardner is one of Puerto Ayora\'s better budget options. The rooms are spacious and neat. Some of the downstairs rooms are windowless, and can get quite dark: ask for one of the sunnier ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hotel España

115744Hotel España, one of the best budget options in Puerto Ayora, is clean, friendly and has been recently been renovated. The hotel is in a good location, plus the rooms are neat and tidy and the ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hotel Ninfa

116286Remember that one spring break back in college, when you and a bunch of buddies went to Fort Lauderdale? And you had booked the cheapest hotel in town, because you figured, hey, I’ll be too busy ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hotel Sir Francis Drake

116288The Sir Francis Drake is a somewhat dodgy-looking hotel inside a dodgy-looking building in a dodgy-looking area of town. It has nine rooms, each of which supposedly has an air conditioner. If they ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hotel Red Booby

116303The dolled-up Red Booby occupies a very specific place on the food chain of Puerto Ayora Hotels. It’s fancy and expensive enough to keep out the riff-raff, but doesn’t really hit the four-star ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hotel Castro

116306Hotel Castro is a pleasant surprise, a clean and friendly place in a good location and reasonably priced. The interior is a bit gloomy, and the nineteen rooms are small and boxy, but overall the ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

The Angermeyer Waterfront Inn is one of the nicer hotels in Puerto Ayora, occupying a gorgeous location on Angermeyer Point across Academy bay from the town itself. The staff are professional, the 16 ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Semilla Verde Guest House

If you're undecided about a placed to stay for your next land based trip to the Galapagos - look no further that Semilla Verde Guest House on Santa Cruz Island. Run by husband and wife Robert and ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hotel Palmeras

The Hotel Palmeras is your typical cookie-cutter hotel, with a touch of added elegance. It has a capacity for 70 guests in 32 single, double, triple, and quadruple rooms. Rooms on the first floor ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Top Restaurants in Puerto Ayora

Restaurante El Descanso del Guia

The eclectic Restaurante El Descanso del Guia is a local staple. It is popular for breakfasts: try the bolon de verde, a giant ball of cooked plantain: it's about as 'typical' as it gets. Also good ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Restaurante Rincon del Alma

The Rincon del Alma has all of the typical Galápagos food choices-seafood, meats, and some Italian choices-in a central location across from the park. The Rincon del Alma has a local, familial feel ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Casa del Lago Café Cultural

The Casa del Lago Cafe Cultural was opened in 2004 by former guide and Imbabura resident Elena Albarado to provide a space for local artists, performers, movie screenings and festivals, special ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Bar/Restaurant Iguana Café

An enormous bamboo bar, tree-trunk tables, and bright sarong wall treatments give the Bar/Restaurant Iguana Cafe an eclectic, bohemian, and ultimately welcoming feeling to tourists and locals alike. ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Café del Mar

110607 The aroma of grilled meats and the sizzle of the fire greet you as you walk into this brightly lit cavernous space with bamboo walls and large, wood slab tables. On one wall, a tv screen usually ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Angermeyer Point

110612One of Puerto Ayora’s finest restaurants was founded by the Angermeyers, one of the earliest colonist families of the town. Set in the original cabin of Karl Angermeyer, it is decorated with ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Tintorera

Tintorera is a popular restaurant with a fresh, eco-friendly spin. Produce is organic and locally-grown; cheeses are made locally; jams are produced by the Orgnization of Artisan Women in Isabela; ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Red Sushi

Red Sushi, in the Red Mangrove Adventure Inn, is a bar/restaurant specializing in Japanese delights. The sashimi and maki rolls are perfectly delectable, and popping them in your mouth in the ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn-la Cueva De Gus Cafe Bar

The Angermeyer Waterfront Inn is, as the name suggests, situated right at the waterfront, which provides a splendid view of the bay and the interior of the island of Santa Cruz – as well as a ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Galapagos Deli

Tucked away around the corner from the hospital is one of Puerto Ayora’s best finds: Galapagos Deli. There they sell hot sandwiches and homemade ice cream, the best in the islands. Their menu is ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Hernán Café

Hernán Café/Bar/Restaurante has a decent menu and a great location on a bustling corner not far from the new pier. The airy dining room, classy décor and good food make it a favorite for locals ...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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