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, if you have the option, fly to Guayaquil to save time since most flights from Quito have a stopover here on the way to Galapagos.  Most Galapagos flights to (Baltra Island airport)  are either early morning or evening, so you’ll probably need an overnight stay on the mainland.

 


When you land on this small historical island, you will need to wait in a line to pay a $100 fee in cash to the  National Park, the fee goes to conservation of the islands. Children under 12 pay $50. Once you have collected your luggage and presented your luggage tag to the staff member at the exit, you need to catch a bus across the island. (Ticket $5 per person).  These buses wait outside of the airport, and you´ll be able to follow the other passengers, as this is the only route to town.  You can place your bags under the bus (these spaces fill up quickly), or carry them onto the bus with you.  The bus takes 5 minutes, and drops you off at the Itabaca Channel which flows between Santa Cruz and Baltra.

At Itabaca Channel, you take your bags to the ferry, and place them on the roof!  The cost of the ferry is $1.00 for the crossing, and takes about 6 minutes. 

It´s a great opportunity for some first pictures of the Galapagos:  crystal blue waters, lush green foliage, and hot blue skies!