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Canal de Itabaca, Santa Cruz

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Take a boat ride across the turquoise water of Canal de Itabaca, which separates the islands Baltra and Santa Cruz. From your boat or while snorkeling, discover the channel's marine life, including seals, sharks, and schools of fish. Look out for various kinds of birds socializing along the lava wall and mangrove banks. This channel is the only way to get to Santa Cruz. Use our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planner to visit Canal de Itabaca on your trip to Puerto Ayora, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Attention when you cross it, you can see Pikemen and frigates, the color of the water is Turquoise. Nice, but nothing more.
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  • If you arrive in the airport of baltra these forced to cross into barges that charge a dollar to get to santa cruz. Travel is very short
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  • This is a necessary step to go from the island of baltra, where you will find the airport to the island of santa cruz, through a few boats, but anyway it is a spectacular landscape
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Where to stay in Puerto Ayora

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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