How to get to Santa Cruz Island in Galápagos?
There’s plenty of ways to get to Santa Cruz but it depends from where you are coming. Here’s some of the available options:
Flights from Guayaquil or Quito (Ecuador mainland)
After you’ve landed on Baltra Island, you’ll have to pay the entrance fee to Galapagos National Park on the Airport before being able to go out. Once you do this, there’ll be local buses from a company called Lobito that will take you to the coast of Baltra Island. This bus ride takes about 10 minutes and it costs $5 per person. You journey doesn’t end here. After the bus ride, on the coast there will be few taxi boats to help you cross Itabaca Channel, the channel that separates Santa Cruz from Baltra. The price for this boat ride is $1 per person and is less than 5 minutes. When you cross Itabaca Channel many taxis (white trucks) will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. From this part of Santa Cruz Islands, Puerto Ayora is about 45 minute ride away.
We offer different options for this tour:
From Puerto Ayora, there are to shifts every day, in the morning and in the afternoon, and the cost is $60.
We also can schedule this tour from the airport, ending the your in your accomodation. Price for this is $75 per person. Taking that combined tour you save $15 per person, since the transfer from Canal de Itabaca to Puerto Ayora costs $35.
If you don’t want to get lost or confused with all of this process on your first day in Galapagos Low Cost we recommend the airport pick up service with HighLand Tour on the way to Puerto Ayora. It save time and make the most of the ride.
We will take you to Highlands Tour where you can visit a natural giant tortoises reserve called El Chato, cross lava tunnels and see huge twin volcanic craters called Los Gemelos with a bilingual guide. After that we will drop you on your hotel in Puerto Ayora. You don´t ahve to worry about your luggage, as we will wait you in theairport with a pick up van, and take care of it while you enjoy the spotlights of the tour.
After your flight to the Galapagos Islands, you might want to see some of the wonders of the islands as soon as possible: this is the best way. You can see details of the Highlands Tour here.
Ferry or water taxi from San Cristobal or Isabela to Santa Cruz
The cheapest and most common way to move between populated islands in Galápagos (Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana and San Cristobal) is on water taxis or ferry that depart from the port. Price per way rounds $35 and lasts around 2 hours (2h30 depending on sea conditions and weather). This ferries only have scheduled two hours a day to depart, one in the morning and another one in the afternoon, so keep this in mind when you are planning for your tours and activities in Galápagos.
Light aircraft from San Cristobal or Isabela island
If you would like to make the most of your time in Galápagos and your budget allows it, you can move between islands on a flight. There’s two airlines in Galápagos that offer this service. Prices per trip are around $150 but depends on the season. Here’s the website of both pages if you want further information: