Santa Cruz is the most important island in the Galapagos. Puerto Ayora is the largest town in the Galapagos, and has the best hotels, restaurants and stores. Other services include grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware store, boat supplies, a small hospital and a hyperbaric chamber. It is located on the southern side of Santa Cruz island, and is connected by road and ferry to the airport on Baltra Island. Charles Darwin Research station is located near the city. The Highlands in the center of the island are a common hiking area. On the north side of the island there are several landing spots including; Dragon Hill, Venice, Bachas Beach and Black Turtle Cove.
(Santa Cruz Island)
Ideal for those travelers who prefer to sleep on dry land, this adventure through the isles of Darwin features all the classic highlights with nights at one of the Galapagos' best resort lodges!
You’ll be unable to suppress your smile as inquisitive dolphins approach your snorkeling party and playfully interact with you in their stunning natural habitat where the regular rules of the wild don’t seem to apply.
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