Getting There and Away
To get to the Galápagos Islands you need to take a flight from either Quito or Guayaquil on the mainland of Ecuador. The Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil (GYE) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito (UIO) receive direct flights from several cities in the United States and Europe, as well as major cities of Central and South America. Most people choose to simply book their tickets to Ecuador through a search engine site such as Expedia, or Ticketpilot.
From Ecuador, both TAME and Latam Group Airlines fly to the Galápagos Islands and you can purchase flights on-line. There are three airports in the Galápagos on different islands (Baltra, San Cristobal, and Isabella), so purchase the Baltra (GPS) ticket to get to Santa Cruz. If you choose to fly from Quito, your plane will likely touch down to pick-up more passengers in Guayaquil but you will not be permitted to leave the aircraft.
Return tickets to the Galápagos Islands can be purchased for between U.S. $300 and $500 including taxes depending on the date of travel. The journey takes 2h15min between Quito and Baltra (non-stop), or 1h45min between Guayaquil and Baltra.
Most flights to the Galápagos leave in the morning, so if you are coming here directly (without stopping to explore Ecuador’s mainland) you should fly into Guayaquil and spend the night at a hotel. The hotels listed here are close to the airport and will usually pick you up and drop you off for your flight at no extra cost. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding any part of your travel arrangements.
When you arrive at the Baltra immigration hall, you will have to pay $100 in U.S. currency (cash only) for the national park entrance fee. Retain the copy of your receipt in your passport for when you leave.
The Baltra airport is about one hour from Puerta Ayora and our school. We will be waiting for you after you exit immigration, and transport you to your hotel.
You don’t need a visa to visit Ecuador or the Galápagos for periods of up to 90 days in one calendar year. If you wish to stay longer to work or travel, you will need to obtain a visa from the government authorities in Quito or Guayaquil. If you are considering a longer visit, please contact us for more information.