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Baltra Island in Galapagos Description & Reviews

Baltra or South Seymour Island Description

Galapagos BaltraBaltra is the only island of the Galapagos that is not part of the national park, but is navy territory. This is also the reason why there are no official visitor sites on this island. The main airport of the Galapagos Islands is located at this island. There are a few souvenir shops near the airport and there is supposed to be a bar somewhere on the island. Most people just stay long enough to take the bus to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island or to the docks to go to their cruise boat.

Tourist Information:

Upon arrival Galapagos Park Fees (or the receipt of paid Park Fees) are collected at the Kiosk.

Transfers to Santa Cruz Island: Land transfer services are available from Baltra to nearby Santa Cruz. Those visitors planning land based visits and staying on Santa Cruz board the bus departing the airport for the Itabaca Channel (approximately a 10-minute ride). A ferry takes passengers and their belongings across the water to the CITTEG bus waiting at the other side. Then an hour-long bus ride crosses Santa Cruz, cutting through the highlands and passing many farms before finally reaching Puerto Ayora.

Cost: The total cost is about $2.50, including the channel crossing and buses on both islands. It takes a little over an hour to get to Puerto Ayora.

Note: Baltra does not have any visitor sites.

FAQ's about Baltra Island

Questions and Answers about Baltra Island

What wildlife can be seen on the island?

Although Baltra is not part of the Galapagos National Park, it has served as home to 93 land iguanas that were re-introduced by the Darwin Station. 


What is Baltra Island famous for?

It was a U.S. Army air base during world war II, armed forces staff used to call it the Rock. Today it is where the main airport in the Galapagos Islands is located.


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