We spent 14 days in the Galápagos Islands, a decent amount of time to be able to see what this unique part of the world has to offer. One of our favorite experiences was Tortuga Bay.
Hardly a hidden gem, this beautiful beach can be easily reached from Puerto Ayora, and if you go early you can admire the view, the wildlife, swim and sunbatheas if you were alone in the world.
Reaching Tortuga Bay
To reach Tortuga Bay, you need to walk on a paved trail for about 45 minutes. The trail itself is quite nice, and almost empty if you go early in the morning – say 6-7am. You’ll only encounter joggers and small iguanas on the way :).
The best part about going in the morning is being able to experience the magic without hoards of tourists. As you reach the first beach, stop for a moment to admire the view: the waves crashing on the shore; the beautiful birds flying elegantly and then diving into the ocean; the amazingly still iguanas who are not bothered by anything, not even intrusive tourists trying to capture an up close picture of them.
Swim and sunbathe in the company of iguanas
Although the first beach is not really recommended to swim in and few people choose to do so, there is another one, smaller and more secluded, which is absolutely perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Oh, and for spotting baby sharks :).
Every time we were walking back to the trail, magic happened: the sun created sparkles in the ocean and beautifully lightened the birds who in return put on an amazing show in the water, in the air, and on the beach. I can’t really explain why, but every time I walked back to the trail, I felt like I was walking on a cloud.
Thankfully, Tortuga Bay, although a touristic attraction has not been transformed into a touristic place. There are no chairs or food stalls, just pure nature, and the fascinating wildlife: iguanas, pelicans, crabs, some sharks here and there :).
Although we don’t tend to revisit a place, we went back to Tortuga Bay several times. I know I said this before, but I want to emphasize that the experience is truly unforgettable as long as you are (almost) alone, so go early :).
Where to stay: We stayed at Twin Eco Lodge which is located further from the center, but worth it for the serenity of the place. Also, the hosts were great, even offering us fruits from their garden.
How we got there: If you are staying in the center, you can easily walk to the trail. Ask around for directions, everybody knows where the trail begins. If you are staying further you might need a taxi.
When we went: I think it’s clear by now that going in the morning is the best time :).
What to take: There’s no entrance fee, but you do need to register at the entrance. Bring plenty of SPF, water, and food. As I said, there are no food stalls and if you spend a few hours there, you will need supplies :).
That’s a wrap. I hope you’ve enjoyed my post. If you have questions, or you want to compliment/critique me, shoot. I want to hear from you.
PS: There will be more posts coming, as we spent 14 days in the Galápagos Islands so stay tuned.