Canal de Itabaca
Canal de Itabaca
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The only interesting thing is to watch the tourists coming and going and shelling out a buck to pile on old run down boats for a two minute crossing on the way to and from the airport. It is a beehive of organized chaos as baggage is thrown on top the boats for the quick trip. You are at this point anxious to get on with your journey - whether beginning your Galapagos excursion or ending it.
Written January 25, 2020
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,653 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
We did see some wildlife on our way to and from the airport, but this definitely remains a narrow body of water that connects Baltra to to Santa Cruz.
Written January 20, 2021
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3_Travel_lovers
Long Island NY76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
We went kayaking and snorkeling at Canal de Itabaca as one of the excursions included in our program. Perhaps because it was a cloudy, windy day, we really didn't see much. Kayaking was good exercise, but really didn't see the sharks or anything below. Snorkeling was okay; saw some fish.
Written September 25, 2014
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Iain@Sea
Helensburgh, UK768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Business
It is important to leave time for the short Itabaca Cut crossing when journeying from the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to Baltra where the airport is situated.

The drive to the Itabaca Cut takes about an hour. There are no such thing as traffic jams although passing through the Highlands region en route is the natural domain of giant Galápagos tortoises, so if one decides to cross the road in front of you, you will need to add about 10-minutes to the journey time to account for picture taking.

The crossing between the two islands is short and involves a ride on a public ferry at a cost of US $1.00 per person, payable in cash on board.

On the other side, a rickety old bus takes you to Baltra Airport (GPS) at a rate of $5.00 for a 5-minute bumpy ride. Cash only, but receipts (nice ones with pictures of tortoises) are given.
Written December 7, 2018
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Perhaps a bridge is needed! Or perhaps that would change the character of the Galápagos? Just the same, having the luggage chucked atop the ferry is a welcome to the islands. That adds to the mystique, mystery and remoteness of the Galápagos.
Written February 9, 2020
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Dushi-NY
NY, NY6,441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
There is no choice but to take the wooden boat across the canal to get from Baltra Island's airport to the island of Santa Cruz. After debarking the airport bus and grabbing your luggage, you pass the luggage to staff working for the boats who will toss the bags on to the roof of the wooden boats for the short ride. A man will stop by to collect $1 pp.

Keep your eye out for sea lions, pelicans, other birds and mangroves. On the Santa Cruz side, you collect your bags and pass a building on your left which has a snack bar and restrooms. You can either take a bus to Puerto Ayora or grab a white taxi/flatbed truck for approx $18 (the 4 of us shared a taxi).

When we returned to the canal the following evening, we saw several sharks near our boat at dusk.
Written June 7, 2014
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picknage
Bristol, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
This tiny strip of water separates Santa Cruz from Baltra Island. The ride from the airport is on a free bus by the airlines then a very cheap ferry across the canal- with luggage on top- we were hoping it did not fall in (if didn't). We had arranged a pick up by a taxi driver before hand as we weren't quite sure how it worked but all 4 times we were there there seemed to be lots of taxis around to get into town. The bus can get quite full on the way back to the airport so make sure you leave enough time to wait for another one if you can't get on the first. The wildlife in the Canal is great- we saw a 6 foot shark go right under the boat, not sure what type but it was still cool. Also lots of birds like blue footed boobies feeding. This is also were our day trip to North Seymour left from and a bit further out are birds like noddies and storm petrels.
Written January 16, 2012
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Adventure beyond imagination
Munich, Germany18,037 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Clear water and sea lions as welcome presents along the channel. Main traffic for transfer from and back to airport. Well organised.
Written February 9, 2022
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This is one of the National Parks of Galapagos. It is well protected and you cannot touch or take anything. The channel separates the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz. We took our private boat and went to say hello to the wild iguanas, sea lions, birds, lizards, blue footed boobies and listened to the interesting narratives our guide shared with us. For example, the cactus is the food of the iguanas. There must be balance of nature. So if iguanas will eat all the cactus in the island, there will be nothing left. So they are growing the cactus but are protected with cages, fences and water capturing device until they can sustain to provide nutrients for the iguanas. The birds were something else. We watched the male protect the female bird lay eggs against the predators. It is a must see. Of course, wear covered toe shoes, hat, sunscreen and lots of water as there is no place to refill.
Written June 11, 2019
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Thecatsmum4
Kettering, UK2,613 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Solar powered boats slowly wend their way accross a narrow channel of water transporting newly arrived travellers from the airport at Baltra to Santa Cruz. You have to use it no other way over that I could see, not very expensive, about $1 takes about 5 mins actually crossing plus load up time. Buses bring you from the airport terminal - yet another charge - I think it was $5 but our guide paid.

It's very barren from the airport to here but then you get your first glimpse of the wildlife with seals basking under the seat on the boarding platform, totally oblivious to tourists.

At the other side it is bedlum with busses and trucks waiting for passengers, however, once out of the car park you start to experience the Galapagos on your 45 minute drive to Puerto Ayora.

We didn't see any wildlife on the crossing, it's a means to an end.
Written March 16, 2019
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