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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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Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Eastern IslandsSavings$31924Jul 26, 2024This Galapagos cruise gives you the amazing opportunity to explore the highlights of the southern islands on this 4-day cruise full of exploration …
Southern IslandsCustom Label$33505Jul 15, 2024Journey to the Southern Islands of the Galapagos on this 5-day cruise aboard the Seaman Journey.
Central IslandsCustom Label$43455Jul 25, 2024Board the Calipso for a 5-day cruise of the Eastern and Central islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Enjoy the opportunity to view and watch the …
Central South & Northern IslandsSavings$630011Jul 18, 2024Join the M/Y Monserrat on this 11-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands, visiting some of the most popular sites including underground lava tunnels on …
Northeast and Southern IslandsSavings$61958Jul 19, 2024Visit the Northeast and Southern Galapagos Islands aboard the Anahi during this 8-day cruise. Enjoy snorkeling in South Plaza, a panga ride in Turtle …
Western IslandsSavings$57957Jul 27, 2024This 7-day Western Islands cruise on the ship, Treasure of the Galapagos, explores Rabida, Santa Cruz, Fernadina, and more! Experience the …
Darwin's Discoveries: The Galapagos IslandsSavings$109008Jul 18, 2024Begin your amazing 8-day expedition at the riverfront Wyndham Guayaquil then spend the rest of your trip sailing across the legendary Galapagos …
Central East IslandsCustom Label$32005Jul 18, 2024Embark on this 5-day cruise exploring the highlights of the Galapagos Islands. Each island offers exciting wildlife, inviting you to explore its …
Northern & Southern IslandsCustom Label$66458Jul 28, 2024Set off on an 8-day cruise aboard the Galapagos Angel to explore the Northern and Southern Galapagos Islands. Witness unique wildlife, geological …
Western IslandsCustom Label$61906Aug 10, 2024Experience Galapagos penguins, Elizabeth Bay and more on a cruise through the Western Islands. Enjoy hiking, snorkeling and dinghy rides on this …

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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