Baltra Island

For most visitors, Baltra Island’s scrubby, arid landscape is their first look at the Galápagos. This island has the main airport in the Galápagos, and serves as the departure point for cruise ships.

Baltra Island Best Things to Do

Cruise Endemic , Ecuador
Cruise Endemic Baltra

The Endemic Cruise is a plush yacht that takes visitors on multi-day cruises through the Galápagos. You’ll be surrounded by the breathtaking volcanic landscape, and you’ll have plenty of space to scan the horizon for rare birds and marine wildlife. This is one of the best ways to explore the Galápagos and get the most out of this incredibly rare landscape, with naturalist guides along for the ride.

VIP Lounge for Arrivals, Ecuador
VIP Lounge for ArrivalsBaltra

We have a large space to welcome our guests in a pleasant and sustainable environment. We offer personalized assistance, Wi Fi, free and unlimited soft drinks and snacks; we also have an extensive menu of cocktails, wines, and specialty dishes at affordable prices.

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Area Guide

There’s not much for visitors to see here. Due to the transportation infrastructure, this island has not been able maintain the same level of biodiversity as the other islands. It is very close to Santa Cruz Island, which is the island in the Galápagos with the largest selection of accommodations.

Baltra Island has an airstrip, built in the 1940s by the U.S. government as part of an air force base. The U.S. no longer has an air force presence in the Galápagos, so the Ecuadorian military has taken over the base.

Baltra Island is sometimes also referred to as South Seymour. This island was originally named in honor of Lord Hugh Seymour, who was an admiral in the British Navy who fought during the French Revolution.

Baltra Island Things To Do