It is really up to you how much or little you want to participate in activities vs. relaxing.
Saturday Morning Farmers Market
Locally grown produces are offered of sale as well as produce brought from the mainland. This gives visitors an opportunity to live like a local and meet some of the Galapagos residents.
Charles Darwin Research Station
This can be a self guided tour or with a guide.
Hike to Las Grietas
This hike can be done independently or with a guide.
A guided tour is recommended, but can be done independently.
Tortoises in the wild
Kayaks can be rented at Tortuga Bay or from local providers.
Tortuga Bay Beach
Puerto Ayora. After walking through an arid aromatic palo santo forest surrounded by cacti and bird life you reach a pristine, long white sandy beach ideal for body surï¬ng.
For great swimming and snorkeling, stroll over to the small tranquil lagoon located at the end of the beach. Watch out for pelicans, white egrets, oystercatchers, blue herons and frigate birds or take a short walk over a National Park trail, to view marine iguanas and occasionally, blue-footed boobies. Make a stop at the marine learning center just in front of the entrance. Walking shoes, hats and sunglasses are essential. A visit to this magnificent beach can be part of an organized tour or visited independently.
This location can be visited independently or with a guide, but a return time needs to be arranged with your taxi directly before they drop you off.
Academy Bay Tour (half day tour)
around dive site for the year 2000. The Islands were also chosen for the top spot in
“Best Fish Life”, “Best Big Animal Dive”, “Best Advanced Diving” and scored among the
top as the “Healthiest Marine Environment”, and “Best Value”. Diving in the Galapagos
is not recommended for ï¬rst-time divers. Recently, noted in one diving magazine as one of the world’s 10 most difï¬cult recreational dive sites, many dive operators in the
Galapagos take their clients on an easy initial dive to take note of their ability and let them orientate to the sometimes unexpected waters.
Recommended, local diving companies based in Puerto Ayora offer several itineraries, subject to local weather conditions. Excellent dive sites are Gordon Rocks, the islets of
Floreana, Bartholomew, Cousins, North Seymour or Mosquera. Some dive sites allow for guest pick up directly from the hotel to the dock at Baltra, while others require a 20 minute transport to the dive shop and the pier in Puerto Ayora. Beginners can take classes or restrict themselves to the tranquil waters of Academy Bay.