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Accommodation in Baltra?

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Accommodation in Baltra?

We're hoping to arrive in Baltra a day prior to our boat departs, but having trouble finding accommodation. Any suggestions?

Are there any other airlines beside LAN that flies to Baltra?

Appreciate any info - thanks.

Miriam

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1. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Dear Miriam,

there are no hotels in Baltra. You must hoof it over to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island to find the nearest hotel. This is about a 1.5 hour trip (bus, short ferry ride, bus) in total, costing about $15 dollars or so.

There are plenty of options in P. Ayora. Hotels are much pricier than on the continent - anything that has AC, hot and cold water, and is in relative good condition with good service will cost upwards of $100 per night. See Fernandina Hotel (abutting my backyard when I lived in Galapagos) for a well run, clean, friendly, no frills place, or Mainao for something a little fancier. There are cheaper places - but comfort levels start to drop, if that`s an issue.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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2. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Baltra is just the airport. The US Army build an airfield there during WW II so the landing strip stayed and that's where the planes land. Isla Baltra is just a little piece that broke off from Isla Santa Cruz.

On the southern end of Isla Santa Cruz you'll find the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn. We stayed there and it was fantastic. The Angermeyers have a lot of history in the Galapagos. Google it.

There are multiple positive reviews about the Angermeyer Inn here on TripAdvisor.

Another airline that flies to Baltra is AeroGal. We flew them. Very nice, really new Airbus planes.

Edited: 1:36 pm, September 14, 2011
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3. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Well... the closest hotel would be the Royal Palm, which is located kinda half way from Baltra to Puerto Ayora. You can also check also Galapagos Safari Camp.

Happy Travels!

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4. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Small correction to make re: airstrip. The current one is not the one originally used during WWII. The original can still be spotted, closer to shore, and closer to Santa Cruz (SW corner of the island - easily visible on Google Earth). The WWII history of Galapagos is very interesting - thanks for bringing that up Rocco!

The Royal Palm is supposed to be the best hotel in Galapagos - but it is 7 miles from town, and very pricey.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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5. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Bedford,

the hotel range depends on your budget. The cheapest hotel would go for usd 20 a night. The most expensive hotel will range for usd 700 a night.

We have besides LAN Tame & Aerogal airlines which are locally operated abd owned.

I flew LAN yesterday from Baltra to Quito and the pros were the leather seats and the good attention of the flight crew. The con was the lunch on board: one Oreo bag and one plantain chips bag.

On the way to Galápagos 2 weeks ago I flew Aerogal and the lunch on board was very good. The female flight atendant had a not smiley face (even when she was pretty).

Lan is an excellent Chilean airline based in Ecuador now. Is always good to bring business to local companies while you travel in terms to support the economy.

Saludos cordiales,

Dennis Yepez

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7. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Penny, for future reference, start a separate thread rather than piggyback on one that is unrelated to your question.

You can book on a daily basis when you arrive if you're willing to take a chance there is no room for you. I would book at least the first day before you arrive. I've not dived with them, but Scuba Iguana gets high marks. You have to be super careful who you dive with, for safety's sake; just because they have PADI or SSI stickers plastered on their Web sites or shop windows, does not mean they are affiliated. Check with the certifiying agencies to make sure they are.

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8. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Penny,

Scuba iguana (gogle them), the older scuba outfitter in Puerto Ayora (20 years?) should be able to help you with a range of hotel options. You might want to consider that.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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9. Re: Accommodation in Baltra?

Penny: have a great trip. There are some great land based diving off of Puerta Ayora like Gordon rocks. But be careful the current, visibility, and water temp can make for some hard diving.

I went with Guanguiltagua Expidition and they had an excellent boat with great staff. Most importantly they were incredibly safe. I was staying with friends on the island and they said that Guanguiltagua had the best reptuation among the locals. They can also arrange flight, hotel, and land based excursions.

Check them out at http://www.galapagosXpedtions.com. Or email Dennis at dennis@guanguiltagua.com. Call US Toll free at 1-877-355-5956.

Have a safe trip.

Jake

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Note that Guanguiltagua is a tour guide/travel agency. It does not own or run a dive boat; they would have booked a third party dive op.