12 Things To Do In Puerto Ayora + Day Trips

*A big thanks to Andando Tours for sponsoring my trip to the Galapagos Islands!

Looking for things to do in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island? 

I’ve got you covered!

Despite this Galapagos town’s small size, there are actually a surprising amount of attractions and experiences to be had — most within walking distance of your hotel, though I’ve also included a few Puerto Ayora day trips in this travel guide. 

Keep in mind, the following is part of what I consider to be the best Galapagos Islands itinerary, which includes spending a few days in Puerto Ayora followed by a luxury cruise aboard WildAid’s M/Y Passion. 

I don’t recommend arriving into the Galapagos Islands the day your cruise departs, just in case there are any flight issues.

Plus, having two or three days to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings will make your cruise much more enjoyable. 

Pro tip:

Before paying for any Puerto Ayora tours or experiences, check to see if they’re already included in your Galapagos cruise itinerary. This way you don’t do anything twice. 

On that note, let’s dive into the 

Puerto Ayora Hotels: Ikala Hotel 

This beautiful property has an excellent location on a car-free street that’s within walking distance to many restaurants and things to do. In fact, it’s just one block from the Puerto Ayora pier. 

In terms of sustainability, the hotel uses solar energy to heat water and for garden lighting, and it has a robust recycling program. 

Other onsite highlights include:

  • A rooftop restaurant serving up one of the most delicious breakfasts I’ve ever had
  • A beautiful pool with loungers and cabanas, as well as a bar serving tropical drinks and local craft beer

Having a Galapagos craft beer by the pool at the Hotel Ikala in Puerto Ayora.

  • 22 clean and comfortable rooms with modern amenities and lots of natural lighting 
  • They offer free bike rentals

The staff is also incredibly kind and helpful. They have free maps at the front desk and are happy to share activity suggestions and directions. 

Click here to visit their website. 

Things To Do In Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island 

While I’m usually traveling solo, on this trip I got to bring my fiance, Andy, along for the adventure. 

We spent two nights in Puerto Ayora before embarking on a Galapagos cruise aboard the M/Y Passion. Again, this is highly…

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