Alan and I had a truly wonderful experience in Ecuador. Santiago and the rest of staff were excellent hosts, as was the La Pinta and its staff. We had an amazing trip.
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!! The trip was outstanding; all the arrangements were perfect – from the time we were met at the airport in Quito – to the time we were returned to the airport in Guayaquil.
Hannah, we are back from our fabulous vacation, and I am so very thankful to you for setting it all up. Please provide me with your supervisor's name and email address so I can give you proper credit! Dilger couple, Custom Galapagos Land Based, March 2012
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Chances are that you will step foot on Baltra Island at some point during your cruise or land-based tour to the Galapagos Islands. Although the island is lacking a good hotel infrastructure and doesn’t have many visitor sights of interest, Baltra is shrouded in history. Not only is it where the original Galapagos Island airport was built (and the only one in the islands until 1986), it was also the site of a U.S. airbase during World War II. The Baltra airport continues to function today, and Galapagos visitors either fly into Baltra or into the airport on San Cristóbal Island to start their journey around the archipelago. Currently, the world’s first ecological airport is being built in Baltra Island, a 26-million-dollar project expected to fully open in March of 2013. Baltra also still serves as an official Ecuadorian military base.

Also known as South Seymour Island, Baltra is centrally located near Santa Cruz Island, separated from it by the Itabaca Channel. Created by geological uplift, the small, flat island is characterized by vegetation that thrives in arid conditions, such as salt bushes, cacti and Palo Santo trees. Due to an experiment in the 1930s, native iguanas were moved to North Seymour Island and became extinct on Baltra in 1954. However, they were reintroduced on the island in the 1980s, and now many species of land iguanas once again call Baltra home. Other wildlife on the island include Lava Lizards, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Sea Lions, Darwin Finches and Yellow Warblers.

Upon arriving to Baltra, visitors are transported to one of two docks: one where Galápagos cruise ships leave from, and the other from where water taxis transport passengers across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island.