Entrance to the Pier at San Cristobal used for Ferry Boats. Prices start at $125 SGD per night. What is the cheapest way to get from Panama City to the beaches of Ecuador without sacrificing safety? But if you are to meet the boat at Baltra (the Ithabaca Channel actually, between Baltra and Santa Cruz) it will be a long travel day for you and possibly a problem. In the morning on the third day, January 19, about 200 miles from the Columbian coast, 2oo miles from Panama and 300 miles from Ecuador we approach Malpelo Island- a sinister and forbidding rock formation plunging vertically into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, renowned for its abundance of sharks. From what you have said, making a 2 PM ferry to San Cristobal would be a stretch, correct? You’ll need to take a 15-20 walk there or hop in a taxi from town. Is there any way I could leave Isabela that morning and still catch my flight? We run our adventure tours with a focus on sustainability and ecotourism. Thanks. The entire network of roads in North, Central, and South America connect, except for a 50 km (30 miles) gap between Colombia and Panama known as the Darien Gap. Is there a good chance for me to catch same day 2:00 PM ferry to Isabella from Puerto Ayora? Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date? Can anybody tell me about ferry between Santa Cruz and San Cristobal? Since only 2 departure times, (morning/afternoon departure), we don’t want to waste money on booking hotel on other island if boat is full and we can get there. Do they pay the full boat fare of US$30 each way? I really really want to dive there! Hey Mel! Ect. Hi Jenny! If your toddler does not need their own seat (can sit in your lap), then you should be fine not having to pay for them on the ferry. There is no “ferry” from Santa Cruz to Baltra. Copa Airlines and Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. fly from Tocumen to Durán once daily. It has an urban population of 880,691, with over 1.5 million in its metropolitan area. This means if you want to visit Floreana Island overnight you need to take an organized tour such as our 10-day Galapagos Adventure. Hello we are coming from New Zealand and need to get a ferry ride from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz on Dec 27. Hey TJ! It says the ferry will arrive in Puerto Ayora at around 9:30/10- will this be enough time to get to the airport and get our flight? Hi Jasmine! But we don’t see any line and nothing really changes when we pass from the North Pacific Ocean into the South Pacific Ocean. That day, we have an anniversary- 23 years since Ivo and Mira met and we make a mountain of sushi to celebrate. For the entire passage, we never turned on the engines, including when we picked up and dropped anchor, zero fuel was spent. In other words, can we make it from the ferry in Santa Cruz (from isabela) to the Baltra airport in about an hour? Thank you so much for the great post! If you visit San Cristobal, stop by to say hello. No worries Alex, children are frequently on the ferry boats as the local islanders use them for their families as well! I want to get a ferry at 7:00 am from Santa Cruz to Isabela on July 9th. And then that night of 27th in Santa Cruz and we;d be there for our flight out on the 28th. Find all the transport options for your trip from Ecuador to Panama Canal right here. engines. So we sail by it adjusting our course south-southeast, direction Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. Sure Christine, you can visit some places on both Isabela and San Cristobal without a guide, if you stick to areas in and near the towns. The times were right, we just had the wrong island name in there. Then you would need an efficient water taxi to get people off your ferry and to the dock in Puerto Ayora…a clear road across the island without any construction or tortoise blockages…a perfectly timed channel “ferry” crossing, etc. Some people will also bring big boxes of food or have 2-3 pieces of luggage. hello, we arrive at 10.05. from a shipcruise with the Darwin on Santa Cruz (but we don’t know exactly the time of arrival with the Darwin at Santa Cruz). Do you know if ferries are likely to be cancelled if the weather’s bad? About 80 miles before the equator, we reach the doldrums- a no wind zone, where the winds kind of switch from north to south with periods of total calms. Ticket sellers in Puerto Villamil can be found close to the main square in town. The Darien Gap has been crossed a handful of times by international teams, but is now considered too dangerous to cross due to rebel groups. There is widespread community transmission globally. hi. Will it be better to take the ferry next day? Panama City is great for stocking up, with so many shopping malls, stores and markets filled with cheap good quality merchandise, thanks to all the ships arriving here from all over the world to transit the Panama Canal, bringing goodies. Is it possible, we can get the ferry from Santa Cruz to Isabela at 2:00 pm? Hi Gill! Since many ticket-selling agencies are right near the pier and drop off point for buses / taxis from the airport it is quick and easy to walk over to buy a ticket a couple of hours before the afternoon ferry departs. A typical ferry ticket sign in the Galapagos, on San Cristobal Island. The city is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. Is there a scheduled run from Santa Cruz to Baltra? We are coming to the Galapogas in December this year (from Wellington NZ) The fishermen leading us through the shallows of the river delta to the anchorage in Bahia, Mira with the Galapagos turtle- a resident in the local school, Find us on Facebook @The Life Nomadik I have a flight out of Baltra Airport at 11:00 AM on April 25. Then you need at another 1.5 hours to take a taxi to the channel to meet your boat! And the two of us would love to meet you, we are coming from California . Soberanía National Park (Parque Nacional Soberanía) is a national park in Panama near the banks of the Panama Canal in the provinces of Panamá and Colón, some 25 km from Panama City. On Santa Cruz Island, the public ferry boats depart from the main pier area in downtown Puerto Ayora. No services except the airport and a mandatory bus ride that takes you to the Itabaca Channel. Think of it this way – if a family owns 1 boat and only goes back/forth between 1 island each day, they may not be interested in selling other routes or boats if they won’t make much money from it. Puerto Ayora and I have a departing flight at 10 am what time do the first water ferries cross the channel between Santa Cruz and Isla Baltra? Is it possible to catch the Santa Cruz – Isabela ferry the same day without buying tickets ahead of time? Then you take a quick ferry transfer across (very close, only a few minutes). Water taxis are available 24hrs for shuttling people to / from their boats. Good ferry operators will provide you with a snack and some water or juice on the ferry crossing to/from San Cristobal, but it is not guaranteed. So, assuming everything goes smoothly this should be possible. It is the seat of the Ventanas Canton. We have a small 4x4 Tucson, Hyundai and we expect to travel to Peru via Guayaquil. They recommend using a customs broker to speed the permitting process in Panama. The Bridge of the Americas (Spanish: Puente de las Américas; originally known as the Thatcher Ferry Bridge) is a road bridge in Panama, which spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. If you want to do the more exciting day tours, or learn more about the Galapagos then guides will either be mandatory or recommended depending on the sites you want to visit. There is a lot of space on the ferry boats. It has an urban population of 430,299, and its population totals 880,691 with 1,526,421 in its metropolitan area. 3 – Consider bringing your own snack if a simple biscuit and juice box won’t be enough. It may take 10 minutes, it may take 20 minutes total, but usually not longer than that. Hello Sarah! The city is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. On January 17th, we sail again starting in the evening- 600 nautical miles ahead of us. As long as you were on an early flight to Baltra and were not delayed, you should have made the crossover to town and to the ferry ok. So buying a San Cristobal to Santa Cruz ferry from Isabela is possible. The city of Bahia de Caraquez itself is a small tranquil place on the shore of the ocean, of friendly welcoming people, cruisers and ex-pats. To any one. There is no extra charge. Hi Tom, Do the ferries from Baltra (the Channel) to Santa Cruz run on a schedule or do I just take the bus to the dock an find a boat? Most travel to this country is restricted. Is it possible to leave Isabella on the 6 a.m. ferry and make a 12:30 flight in Baltra? Thanks for the intel. We’re arriving on the morning of the 3rd with the Avianca 9:20 AM flight (I’ve already heard about the frequent delays with Avianca) and want to go immediately to Isabela for two nights instead of staying on Santa Cruz overnight. You would need to stay overnight to make it worthwhile. It is possible to make that connection, but it would be a somewhat stressful day…hope you did ok today and got to the airport on time! Hi Lasse, It will save you time and won’t cost too much more money. However lets assume on the 24th when we go from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz, that oneof the tour companies we book on the 21st says we can meet them once our ferry arrives around 10am for a tour and so we could spend the 24th, 25th, nights in Santa Cruz and do tours those days from there, and then the morning of the 26thm we could head to Isabela and try for tours 26th and 27th there. Greetings….you’ve probably already answered this question based on someone else’s arrival time of noon into Seymour….my flight is supposed to arrive a little earlier, 11:30. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. Usually the cruise boat would be in town or close to town early in the morning. (More common from August to December). Because we want to go to Isabela at the same day. Such long ferry lines are only between islands, such as Denmark-Iceland (and that's already the worlds longest as I understand), but not along coastlines where the road would be much shorter, specially from Cartagena to Ecuador since you can skip the Panama Canal. Hi there, So I have a question myself. There are three+ hotels available in Ecuador. Upgrading the service has resulted in a $5 charge for this ride, the price of which may or may not be included in flights or by your tour company now, so be prepared. Islands are far apart in the Galapagos! If you know where the supermarket and Hernan’s are, then cross the road to the waterfront and you will be in the right place. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997. *Note: Some ferry schedules you’ll find have only one departure per day, and some ticket sellers only sell tickets to 1 inbound and 1 outbound ride per day. The public ferries are run by various private boat owners. Will we be able to just purchase tickets for the ferry, we tried the online but havent had any luck in being able to purchase them. If you don’t have any delays getting through the airport customs, paying your park fee and grabbing your checked bags it would be possible. We have the following ferry schedule available for you to save in your bookmarks or copy onto your phone. You can We haul out Fata Morgana to do a quick bottom job. We use private boats on our tours when going between islands and at times like Christmas have to pay more $$$ to ensure all tour services go smoothly…so we can not say with 100% certainty that you will easily find a ferry on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. The distance between Ecuador and Panama Canal is 1159 km.