The Galapagos Islands is a world-famous travel destination renowned for being an isolated and pristine archipelago. Their isolation is one of the qualities that makes them so special. You may be wondering how does one arrive to the islands. Charles Darwin went to the Galapagos Islands on the Beagle, but modern day explorers arrive by airplane.
There are no direct international flights to the Galapagos Islands. The only daily flights to the Galapagos Islands depart from the cities of Quito and Guayaquil on mainland Ecuador. International travelers must ensure to arrive to either city in order to start their Galapagos adventure.
From both Quito and Guayaquil, there are daily flights connecting Ecuador with cities across the Americas and in Europe. Direct flights from the US cities of Miami, Houston, Atlanta, and New York arrive every day. From Europe there are direct flights originating in both Amsterdam and Madrid.
Once on mainland Ecuador, passengers carry on to one of two major airports in the Galapagos Islands. The busiest airport in the Galapagos is on Baltra Island. The second airport is on San Cristóbal Island. Flights from Quito and Guayaquil fly there every day bringing passengers to the enchanting islands.
From the airports in the Galapagos, passengers transfer to their cruises or hotels in the port towns of the islands. When booking a cruise in the Galapagos, it is highly recommended to book your flights along with the cruise. This ensures an on-time arrival and avoids the risk of missing the cruise departure.