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Short trip from Puerto Ayora

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Short trip from Puerto Ayora

We have a cruise planned for June, 2014 but will be arriving a couple of days early. Our first day will have us arriving at Hotel Mainao early afternoon and then have the rest of the day at our leisure. Is there any hiking, etc. that we might be able to do that afternoon? We are 4 reasonably fit adults.

The following day we have a day trip planned to Bartolome. Later during our cruise we have a day in Puerto Ayora where we will have an opportunity to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in the morning and either kayak in Toruga Bay or hike in the afternoon.

Would love some suggestions for our first afternoon / evening. Thank you!

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1. Re: Short trip from Puerto Ayora

Does your cruise itinerary include a trip to the Santa Cruz highlands? If not, I'd make that a definite "most do" trip. You can see the Giant Tortoises living free on the agricultural/ranch lands there and that is a truly marvelous experience. (You can see them in the breeding center at the Research Station, but it's just not the same as seeing them wandering--veeeerrrrryyyy sssslllooowwwwllly--in the highlands.) You can hire a taxi (white pick-up trucks, really) to take you up, stick around, and bring you back. Or you could rent bikes in Puerto Ayora, hire a taxi to take you and the bikes to the highlands, and then bike the mostly downhill road back to town. Depending on what you mean by "early afternoon," though, that might take a bit more time than you'll have daylight for. The sun sets pretty much at 6 p.m. every day. The hotel might be able to advise you about all of this.

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2. Re: Short trip from Puerto Ayora

I concur with Tina - that would be your best bet (though you might be a bit worn out upon arrival). Another option if you'd like to do some walking and if you are free no later than about 1PM, is to head off to Tortuga Bay - it's about a 45 minute walk from town through a nice paved footpath through the coastal forest, and takes you to a very long very nice white sand beach - at the end of which is a secluded bay. Just ask, and you'll be told where the trail head is. Bring sunscreen!

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Empty, just FWIW, your hotel is about 2,000 feet from the entrance to the Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. You also mentioned that your cruise stops at Puerto Ayora later on. So if you're spending some pre-cruise days there, have you made arrangements to go wherever you have to go to, to meet the ship?

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4. Re: Short trip from Puerto Ayora

Thank you for the great suggestions! We'll be getting to our hotel around 1 - 2, so hopefully we can manage either the walk or the taxi to the highlands. Our cruise has lunch in the highlands, but the itinerary is a bit short on details as to the activities offered after lunch.

Heather - if the walk to the beach is 45 minutes, can you let me know why you wouldn't advise going after 1:00? I want to exercise caution, but don't want to miss out on the beautiful looking beach if I don't have to! Looks like great iguana sighting!

Thanks for the tips, re: sunscreen! and yes John, we have made arrangements to meet the ship ... hopefully all goes according to plan : )

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If your itinerary has you lunching in the highlands, you will likely be at one of the several ranches that host tourists--and you will find the Giant Tortoises there on a walk either before or after lunch. So no reason to do that on your free 4 or so hours that afternoon, unless you're really, really keen on these awesome creatures.

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6. Re: Short trip from Puerto Ayora

Hello all Travelers

we are planing a trip to Galapagos is there anyone who knows if its possible to get a Cruise where we can wisit all the tre islands Genovesa, fernandina and Isabella in a 8 days Cruise?.

We can arrive around the 15 mars to 7 of april 2014

Sincerely Flemming Hemdorff

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7. Re: Short trip from Puerto Ayora

Hi, Flemming--

Itineraries with these 3 islands on an 8-day cruise are my absolutely favorite itineraries. (I would also include those that go to Española, Isabela, and Fernandina--but those are even rarely than this trio.) When we were planning our return trip last year, the following boats had 8-day itineraries that went to all 3: the Tip Top fleet (Tip Tops II - IV), the Beagle, and the Samba. There may be others (I was only interested in the top tourist-superior or any first-class boats), but these give you a place to start

If you find a boat & itinerary that you like, don't wait too long. Among those "in the know," this combination should be very popular. You have less than 2 months before you want to travel, so finding openings will only get harder as the clock ticks.

Tina

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