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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

This equatorial archipelago that so fascinated Charles Darwin is home to one of the most extraordinary ecosystems on the planet. It has 13 main islands and more than ten others islets inhabited by seals, giant turtles, penguins and exotic birds that circulate unceremoniously at the picturesque beaches, volcanos, rocky areas and untouched vegetation.

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    The Americas, South America, Equator, Galapagos

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Cerro Brujo
Cerro Brujo

Cerro Brujo

This beach has white sands, calm waters that range in tone from navy blue to turquoise – great for observing fish while snorkeling – and fauna that is specific to the Galapagos Islands: colonies of sea lions and birds, including the blue-footed booby circulate on the sand. In the distance, you can see the giant rock formation known as Kicker Rock.

Address

San Cristóbal Island

Website

http://www.galapagospark.org/sitio.php?page=cerro_brujo

El Mirador de los Túneles
El Mirador de los Túneles

El Mirador de los Túneles

This is one of the lava tunnels on Santa Cruz Island. You can walk inside these interesting formations (this one doesn't require a flashlight since it never gets completely dark), formed out of ancient lava flows whose outer layers cooled and turned solid. Guides are not needed.

Address

2.5 kilometers from the center of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

http://www.galapagospark.org/sitio.php?page=el_mirador_de_los_tuneles

Charles Darwin Foundation
Charles Darwin Foundation

Charles Darwin Foundation

Created in 1959, this research center works for the preservation of the archipelago's biodiversity, studying penguins, sharks and birds, among others. It helped prevent the extinction of the Galapagos tortoise. Now visitors can see the giant creatures who live in captivity on the grounds, and also learn about the region's species.

Address

Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

http://www.darwinfoundation.org

Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island

There are several daylong tours that take you to visit this tiny island whose volcanic formation is among the oldest of the Galapagos. You can see sea lions on deserted beaches, look for the Santa Fe land iguana, typical of the island, and walk through the unusual cactus forest. Don't forget to bring your snorkel.

Address

Santa Fé Island

Website

http://www.galapagos.org/about_galapagos/about-galapagos/the-islands/santa-fe/

Darwin Lake
Darwin Lake

Darwin Lake

On Isabela Island, a short trail of pebbles and volcanic rocks (with some writing left by 19th century pirates) leads to the crater which is home to this lake around nine meters deep with water so salty that nothing lives in it. Its color, which varies from blue to green, reflects on the gray rocks which surround it and contrasts with the sea at the background.

Address

Isabela Island

Website

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Egas Port
Egas Port

Egas Port

On this black sand beach with equally dark rocky formations on Santiago Island, sea lions lazily lounge on the rocks while their young play with iguanas, mangrove crabs and a variety of regional birds. At some spots, you can go swimming and snorkeling.

Address

Santiago Island

Website

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Punta Espinoza
Punta Espinoza

Punta Espinoza

At the northeastern tip of Fernandina Island, this locale is a strip of volcanic rock and sand where it's possible to disembark in order to see the untouched ecosystem there. While snorkeling, you might come find yourself face to face with an enormous sea iguana. On land, there are seals, penguins, snakes and rare birds like the flightless cormorant making nests.

Address

Fernandina Island

Website

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Tortuga Bay
Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay

This idyllic stretch of land can be reached by a well-signposted trail that takes 50 minutes from Puerto Ayora – anyone biking there can leave their bike at a place by the beach's entrance. The landscape is scattered with dark-colored rocks, lush vegetation and dunes. The peaceful waters are great for swimming and snorkeling.

Address

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

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Sierra Negra Volcano
Sierra Negra Volcano

Sierra Negra Volcano

This giant is the star of Isabela Island. A trail leads to the edge of one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (you need to go there on a guided tour), passing by fumaroles and tunnels of lava. A day trip there, which ordinarily also includes a stop by the neighboring Chico Volcano, is filled with beautiful scenery.

Address

Isabela Island

Website

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Cerro Brujo

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Cerro Brujo

Cerro Brujo

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  • This beach has white sands, calm waters that range in tone from navy blue to turquoise – great for observing fish while snorkeling – and fauna that is specific to the Galapagos Islands: colonies of sea lions and birds, including the blue-footed booby circulate on the sand. In the distance, you can see the giant rock formation known as Kicker Rock.

  • Address

    San Cristóbal Island

  • Website

    http://www.galapagospark.org/sitio.php?page=cerro_brujo

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    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, NATURE, RUSTIC, ADVENTURE, BEACH, WITH A VIEW, KID-FRIENDLY, FREE

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El Mirador de los Túneles

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El Mirador de los Túneles

El Mirador de los Túneles

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  • This is one of the lava tunnels on Santa Cruz Island. You can walk inside these interesting formations (this one doesn't require a flashlight since it never gets completely dark), formed out of ancient lava flows whose outer layers cooled and turned solid. Guides are not needed.

  • Address

    2.5 kilometers from the center of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

    http://www.galapagospark.org/sitio.php?page=el_mirador_de_los_tuneles

  • Tags

    FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, RUSTIC, ADVENTURE, NATURE, FREE, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

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Charles Darwin Foundation

Photograph: Francisco Martinez
Charles Darwin Foundation

Charles Darwin Foundation

foto: Francisco Martinez
  • Created in 1959, this research center works for the preservation of the archipelago's biodiversity, studying penguins, sharks and birds, among others. It helped prevent the extinction of the Galapagos tortoise. Now visitors can see the giant creatures who live in captivity on the grounds, and also learn about the region's species.

  • Address

    Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

    http://www.darwinfoundation.org

  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, SENIOR, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, CULTURE, MUSEUM, PARKING, KID-FRIENDLY, ACCESSIBLE

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Santa Fe Island

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Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island

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  • There are several daylong tours that take you to visit this tiny island whose volcanic formation is among the oldest of the Galapagos. You can see sea lions on deserted beaches, look for the Santa Fe land iguana, typical of the island, and walk through the unusual cactus forest. Don't forget to bring your snorkel.

  • Address

    Santa Fé Island

  • Website

    http://www.galapagos.org/about_galapagos/about-galapagos/the-islands/santa-fe/

  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, RUSTIC, ADVENTURE, NATURE, BEACH, KID-FRIENDLY, $$

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Darwin Lake

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Darwin Lake

Darwin Lake

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  • On Isabela Island, a short trail of pebbles and volcanic rocks (with some writing left by 19th century pirates) leads to the crater which is home to this lake around nine meters deep with water so salty that nothing lives in it. Its color, which varies from blue to green, reflects on the gray rocks which surround it and contrasts with the sea at the background.

  • Address

    Isabela Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, RUSTIC, ADVENTURE, NATURE, KID-FRIENDLY, $, ISABELA ISLAND

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Egas Port

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Egas Port

Egas Port

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  • On this black sand beach with equally dark rocky formations on Santiago Island, sea lions lazily lounge on the rocks while their young play with iguanas, mangrove crabs and a variety of regional birds. At some spots, you can go swimming and snorkeling.

  • Address

    Santiago Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, RUSTIC, ADVENTURE, NATURE, BEACH, KID-FRIENDLY, $

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Punta Espinoza

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Punta Espinoza

Punta Espinoza

foto: iStock_86481437
  • At the northeastern tip of Fernandina Island, this locale is a strip of volcanic rock and sand where it's possible to disembark in order to see the untouched ecosystem there. While snorkeling, you might come find yourself face to face with an enormous sea iguana. On land, there are seals, penguins, snakes and rare birds like the flightless cormorant making nests.

  • Address

    Fernandina Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, RUSTIC, ADVENTURE, NATURE, BEACH, KID-FRIENDLY, $$

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Tortuga Bay

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Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay

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  • This idyllic stretch of land can be reached by a well-signposted trail that takes 50 minutes from Puerto Ayora – anyone biking there can leave their bike at a place by the beach's entrance. The landscape is scattered with dark-colored rocks, lush vegetation and dunes. The peaceful waters are great for swimming and snorkeling.

  • Address

    Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, NATURE, RUSTIC, ADVENTURE, BEACH, BIKE-FRIENDLY, FREE, DIVING

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Sierra Negra Volcano

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Sierra Negra Volcano

Sierra Negra Volcano

foto: iStock_68198247
  • This giant is the star of Isabela Island. A trail leads to the edge of one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (you need to go there on a guided tour), passing by fumaroles and tunnels of lava. A day trip there, which ordinarily also includes a stop by the neighboring Chico Volcano, is filled with beautiful scenery.

  • Address

    Isabela Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, MOUNTAIN, RUSTIC, SPORTS, ADVENTURE, NATURE, WITH A VIEW, $, NATURE EXCURSION

Angermeyer Point
Angermeyer Point

Angermeyer Point

One of the loveliest settings on the archipelago: the most coveted tables are located on a deck on the ocean. Ideal to sip on drinks as the sun sets on the horizon and iguanas and blue-footed boobies lounge on the rocks. The menu features a variety of seafood dishes. It's accessed by water taxis, which leave from Puerto Ayora.

Address

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

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El Descanso Marinero
El Descanso Marinero

El Descanso Marinero

Located at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, it has an attractive outside area with a garden and large wood tables. The dishes depend on the catch of the day, and the portions are big enough to be shared: they include octopus ceviche (the house speciality), fried rice with assorted seafood, swordfish and grilled shrimp.

Address

Calle Alsacio Northia y Espanola, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island

Website

https://www.facebook.com/descansomarineroec/

El Faro
El Faro

El Faro

Located at Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, it has a beach kiosk atmosphere: the ceiling's made of straw, supported by bamboo, and the walls are decorated with drawings of iguanas and turtles. They serve tasty seafood and grilled beef dishes, salads and good mojitos.

Address

Las Fragatas and Cormoran, Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island

Website

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Galapagos Deli
Galapagos Deli

Galapagos Deli

A great place for lunch or a snack, they have tasty pizza, sandwiches, coffee, salads and artisanal ice cream (try the naranjilla, a typical citric fruit from the region), which you order directly at the counter. Customers sit on stools and gather at the wood tables in order to use the wi-fi, which is rare at other establishments.

Address

Thomas de Berlanga Island and Plaza Island, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

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Ilha Grill
Ilha Grill

Ilha Grill

The staff is friendly and skillfully handles the high circulation in the establishment from noon to nighttime. The menu has a little of everything, with pizzas, salads, pasta and typical dishes. Order one of the generous portions of seafood, steak or vegetables served steaming hot straight from the grill.

Address

Avenida Charles Darwin and Bordados El Alquimista, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

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La Garrapata
La Garrapata

La Garrapata

A traditional hangout with a dining room open to the street, a floor made of volcanic rocks and strands of hanging lights. In the morning, they have a generous breakfast buffet; for lunch and dinner, the menu features great seafood options like teriyaki tuna and lobster, as well as pasta dishes and sandwiches. They also have live music nights.

Address

Avenida Charles Darwin and Thomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

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La Playa
La Playa

La Playa

It has a modest look, but a great location in front of the water. The great recipes of seafood dishes, are always served in generous portions.

Address

Avenida Armada Nacional, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Sán Cristóbal Island

Website

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Angermeyer Point

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Angermeyer Point
Photograph: Angermeyer Point

Angermeyer Point

  • One of the loveliest settings on the archipelago: the most coveted tables are located on a deck on the ocean. Ideal to sip on drinks as the sun sets on the horizon and iguanas and blue-footed boobies lounge on the rocks. The menu features a variety of seafood dishes. It's accessed by water taxis, which leave from Puerto Ayora.

  • Address

    Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    ROMANTIC, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, NATURE, BEACH, RUSTIC, CUISINE, SEAFOOD, WITH A VIEW, WINE LIST

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El Descanso Marinero

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El Descanso Marinero
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El Descanso Marinero

  • Located at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, it has an attractive outside area with a garden and large wood tables. The dishes depend on the catch of the day, and the portions are big enough to be shared: they include octopus ceviche (the house speciality), fried rice with assorted seafood, swordfish and grilled shrimp.

  • Address

    Calle Alsacio Northia y Espanola, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island

  • Website

    https://www.facebook.com/descansomarineroec/

  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, CUISINE, SEAFOOD

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El Faro

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El Faro
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El Faro

  • Located at Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, it has a beach kiosk atmosphere: the ceiling's made of straw, supported by bamboo, and the walls are decorated with drawings of iguanas and turtles. They serve tasty seafood and grilled beef dishes, salads and good mojitos.

  • Address

    Las Fragatas and Cormoran, Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, RUSTIC, CUISINE, SEAFOOD, BEEF, WINE LIST, OUTDOOR TABLES, TRADITIONAL DECOR, KID-FRIENDLY

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Galapagos Deli

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Galapagos Deli
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Galapagos Deli

  • A great place for lunch or a snack, they have tasty pizza, sandwiches, coffee, salads and artisanal ice cream (try the naranjilla, a typical citric fruit from the region), which you order directly at the counter. Customers sit on stools and gather at the wood tables in order to use the wi-fi, which is rare at other establishments.

  • Address

    Thomas de Berlanga Island and Plaza Island, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    HOT WEATHER, CUISINE, VEGETARIAN, ICE CREAM SHOP, WI-FI, KID-FRIENDLY, $, WI-FI, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

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Ilha Grill

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Ilha Grill
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Ilha Grill

  • The staff is friendly and skillfully handles the high circulation in the establishment from noon to nighttime. The menu has a little of everything, with pizzas, salads, pasta and typical dishes. Order one of the generous portions of seafood, steak or vegetables served steaming hot straight from the grill.

  • Address

    Avenida Charles Darwin and Bordados El Alquimista, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, CUISINE, LOCAL, SEAFOOD, BEEF, WI-FI, TRADITIONAL DECOR, KID-FRIENDLY

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La Garrapata

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La Garrapata
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La Garrapata

  • A traditional hangout with a dining room open to the street, a floor made of volcanic rocks and strands of hanging lights. In the morning, they have a generous breakfast buffet; for lunch and dinner, the menu features great seafood options like teriyaki tuna and lobster, as well as pasta dishes and sandwiches. They also have live music nights.

  • Address

    Avenida Charles Darwin and Thomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    FAMILY, FIRST TIME, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, CUISINE, LOCAL, SEAFOOD, WINE LIST, OUTDOOR TABLES, LIVE MUSIC

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La Playa

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La Playa
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La Playa

  • It has a modest look, but a great location in front of the water. The great recipes of seafood dishes, are always served in generous portions.

  • Address

    Avenida Armada Nacional, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Sán Cristóbal Island

  • Website

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  • Tags

    FAMILY, SINGLE, SENIOR, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, CUISINE, SEAFOOD, IN FRONT OF THE OCEAN, WINE LIST, OUTDOOR TABLES

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Bongo Bar
Bongo Bar

Bongo Bar

Tourists and locals alike crowd this two-story bar which has pool tables and big screens that play music videos. You can dance (hip hop, rock, pop and Latin music) on the outside terrace or enjoy some Thai food and drinks at the tables inside. They also have live music nights.

Address

Avenida Charles Darwin and Thomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

https://www.facebook.com/bongobargalapagos/

Caleta Iguana (Casa Rosada)
Caleta Iguana (Casa Rosada)

Caleta Iguana (Casa Rosada)

Located in one of the most popular hotels in Puerto Villamil, it's a great spot to watch the sunset, enjoy some beer or drinks and watch local musicians perform. Customers strike up conversations at the dimly-lit bar and play beach volleyball at a net set up outside the bar.

Address

Avenida Antonio Gil, Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island

Website

https://www.facebook.com/casarosada.galapagos/

Iguana Rock
Iguana Rock

Iguana Rock

One of the liveliest hangouts in San Cristóbal Island is quieter during the week, when people gather at the sofas in the lounge, play pool and sip on cuba libres during happy hour, and more energetic on weekends, when the dance floor gets crowded and salsa, merengue, rock and pop music blasts out the speakers until the early morning hours.

Address

Calle Cobos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island

Website

https://www.facebook.com/bariguanarock/

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Bongo Bar

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Bongo Bar
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Bongo Bar

  • Tourists and locals alike crowd this two-story bar which has pool tables and big screens that play music videos. You can dance (hip hop, rock, pop and Latin music) on the outside terrace or enjoy some Thai food and drinks at the tables inside. They also have live music nights.

  • Address

    Avenida Charles Darwin and Thomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

    https://www.facebook.com/bongobargalapagos/

  • Tags

    SINGLE, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, NIGHTLIFE, BAR, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, ELECTRONIC MUSIC, LATIN MUSIC, POP, ROCK

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Caleta Iguana (Casa Rosada)

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Caleta Iguana (Casa Rosada)
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Caleta Iguana (Casa Rosada)

  • Located in one of the most popular hotels in Puerto Villamil, it's a great spot to watch the sunset, enjoy some beer or drinks and watch local musicians perform. Customers strike up conversations at the dimly-lit bar and play beach volleyball at a net set up outside the bar.

  • Address

    Avenida Antonio Gil, Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island

  • Website

    https://www.facebook.com/casarosada.galapagos/

  • Tags

    SINGLE, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, NIGHTLIFE, BAR, LATIN MUSIC, POP, COCKTAILS, BEER, IN FRONT OF THE OCEAN

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Iguana Rock

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Iguana Rock
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Iguana Rock

  • One of the liveliest hangouts in San Cristóbal Island is quieter during the week, when people gather at the sofas in the lounge, play pool and sip on cuba libres during happy hour, and more energetic on weekends, when the dance floor gets crowded and salsa, merengue, rock and pop music blasts out the speakers until the early morning hours.

  • Address

    Calle Cobos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island

  • Website

    https://www.facebook.com/bariguanarock/

  • Tags

    SINGLE, HOT WEATHER, OUTDOORS, NIGHTLIFE, SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND, NIGHTCLUB, BAR, BAR WITH GAMES, ELECTRONIC MUSIC, LATIN MUSIC

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Galería Aymara
Galería Aymara

Galería Aymara

It has two addresses located 50 meters away from one another. Even those not interested in shopping will enjoy looking at the paintings, sculptures, masks, baskets, pots and other artisanal items created by local artists. Many of the works are inspired by local motifs, as exemplified by the turtle statues and bird masks.

Address

Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

http://eshop.galeria-aymara.com/

Maki-Art Gallery
Maki-Art Gallery

Maki-Art Gallery

The extraordinary creations of local craftsmen are displayed inside the attractive gallery space. Mosaics depicting birds and sharks, wooden iguanas, Andean folk masks, ceramic pots and carved calabash pieces are among the coolest items.

Address

Avenida Charles Darwin and Tomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Website

http://makiartgallery.com/

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Galería Aymara

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Galería Aymara
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Galería Aymara

  • It has two addresses located 50 meters away from one another. Even those not interested in shopping will enjoy looking at the paintings, sculptures, masks, baskets, pots and other artisanal items created by local artists. Many of the works are inspired by local motifs, as exemplified by the turtle statues and bird masks.

  • Address

    Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

    http://eshop.galeria-aymara.com/

  • Tags

    FAMILY, SINGLE, SENIOR, HOT WEATHER, SHOPPING, ART &amp; DESIGN, DECORATIONS, HANDICRAFTS, KID-FRIENDLY, TRADITIONAL DECOR

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Maki-Art Gallery

Photograph: Socrates Tomala
Maki-Art Gallery
Photograph: Socrates Tomala

Maki-Art Gallery

  • The extraordinary creations of local craftsmen are displayed inside the attractive gallery space. Mosaics depicting birds and sharks, wooden iguanas, Andean folk masks, ceramic pots and carved calabash pieces are among the coolest items.

  • Address

    Avenida Charles Darwin and Tomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Website

    http://makiartgallery.com/

  • Tags

    BUSINESS, SINGLE, FAMILY, SENIOR HOT WEATHER, SHOPPING, ART &amp; DESIGN, DECORATIONS, HANDICRAFTS, STREET SHOP, KID-FRIENDLY

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