Laguna las Ninfas, Puerto Ayora

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Stroll the wooden pathway under bright green mangroves at Laguna las Ninfas. Study the water for sea turtles and baby sharks, and pay attention to descriptive signage to learn more about the trees. Away from the busy harbor (but an easy walk from the town center), the inlet supports many bird species, such as waders and warblers, which nest in mangrove treetops. The lagoon's blend of fresh and salt water teems with marine and freshwater fish, playful sea lions, and stingrays. Plan your Laguna las Ninfas visit and explore what else you can see and do in Puerto Ayora using our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planner.
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As a popular jumping-off point for Galapagos visitors, Puerto Ayora receives loads of tourists, and therefore features many of the accommodation options you might expect from a major destination. Though there are types of lodging to suit all kinds of budgets, prices in general tend to be higher in Puerto Ayora than in mainland Ecuador. The more upscale hotels catering to wealthier visitors lie along the waterfront in the vicinity of Avenida Charles Darwin, and offer excellent access to the sea, port, and restaurant scene. Consider renting out a private apartment room or staying in a smaller-scale hotel a few blocks back from the ocean in order to cut down on costs, as the city itself is easily walkable.
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  • This free short hike explores the importance of the Mangrove to the Galapagos. There are signs in English explaining what you are seeing and how mangroves contribute to the environment. You can walk t...  more »
  • Nice place. Quiet. You can see and hear beautiful birds and some fish. Walking distance from the main pier.  more »
  • Don,t go with a guide, go by yourself as this way you can do it at your own pace. We learnt a lot as its all in bite size pieces and easy to absorb. A stuffed version of Lonesome George greeted us in ...  more »