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Baltra is one of the most frequently visited islands because one of the Galapagos' two major airports that fly to the mainland is located on the island. Seymour Airport (GPS) receives flights from Quito and Guayaquil primarily in the mornings and early afternoons. Travelers may board their cruise directly from Baltra island, or, in the majority of cases, will take a short bus ride, then 5 minute ferry ride across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz where you'll greet your bus or taxi to take you to the town of Puerto Ayora. Visitors tend to not spend much time on Baltra island, but there are some points of interest such as the ruins from an abandoned World War II USA military base and several beaches with loud, playful sealions. Contact one of our Galapagos specialists for help planning your ideal trip today!
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Baltra Facts and Highlights

Visitors arriving to the Galapagos Islands will most likely fly into the Seymour Galapagos Ecological Airport, located in the island of Baltra, just off Santa Cruz. Even though it is an inhabited area, aside from the airport, it serves as the main gateway to the archipelago and also as an embarkation point for many of the Galapagos ships and cruises. Here are some interesting facts about this small, but important island.
  • Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour Island, is a small, flat island located near the center of the Galapagos archipelago.
  • Despite being relatively barren and uninhabited, Baltra is an important hub for tourism and scientific research in the Galapagos.
  • Visitors to Baltra Island typically arrive at its airport, which was built by the United States military during World War II and now serves as the main gateway to the Galapagos.
  • The proximity of Baltra to the island of Santa Cruz, just one short ferry and bus ride away, allows visitors to explore its most relevant sites, such as the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to a wide variety of Galapagos wildlife, including giant tortoises, iguanas, and various bird species.
  • Explore the town of Puerto Ayora, Tortuga Beach, and Bachas Beach in Santa Cruz. 

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