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The main arrival point for cruise ships visiting the Galapagos Islands is on Santa Cruz Island, the north side offering a scenic strait that leads to the Santa Cruz to Baltra Ferry Terminal’s few docks. There is also an open-air arrival point where ships can anchor along the shores of southern port city Puerto Ayora. Get to know the island through the central E5 highway that winds through lush national parks, many splintering into remote coves, sandy areas and beaches perfect for making it an all-day venture. Navigate through thin roads with a reliable transfer, whether it be a convenient sedan perfect for enjoying intimate coastline drives or a spacious chartered bus/SUV that can carry the whole family to great adventures across various smaller villages. Meet-and-greet services add to the convenience with local personal drivers who can make the in-between interesting and chauffeured limousines in search of luxury restaurants.
When it comes to all there is to do on the island, consider the best and brightest attractions first, whether that means walking along the north side’s beaches through Playa Las Bachas, or discovering various natural getaways around each side of Puerto Ayora. Near Puerto Ayora rest large botanical gardens at the Charles Darwin Research Station, as well as tranquil views of the local turtle community from Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Cool parks worthy of exploring include Puerto Ayora’s coastline lookouts from the Visitor Center of Galapagos National Park and its preserved grounds for iguanas and tortoises, while the more central El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve showcases an even larger community connected to the beloved Galapagos National Park, an enormous trail system that leads to several hidden rewards worthy of a little extra effort. At sunset, go for a stroll on Puerto Ayora’s German Beach, afterward grabbing dinner from one of many popular restaurants that include the Ecuadorian-style cuisine at La Garrapata, or deluxe seafood from El Descanso Marinero.