Location, location, location. Of all the hotels in Santa Cruz Island, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel has – by far – the most privileged situation. Beachfront, secluded, car-less, quiet, and yet just minutes from local action in Puerto Ayora. And as if that were not enough, the island of Santa Cruz is part of the Galapagos archipelago’s central islands, which means that most of the National Park’s important highlight visitor sites (Bartolome, North Seymour, etc.) can be reached easily. In fact, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is so centrally located that the Galapagos Marine Reserve starts within metres of the hotel and the Galapagos National Park (GNP) that comprises 97% of the land surface of the Archipelago is right next door.
We are close to main transportation routes and a key stopping/starting point for most day cruises and tour vessels. If you’re coming to the Finch Bay following a cruise, you might well be dropped off by your vessel right at our dock. For those arriving from either Quito or Guayaquil, book your flight to the airport on Baltra Island. From there, guests travel across the channel to Santa Cruz Island and then by land north-south through the fascinating highland ecosystem to the port of Puerto Ayora. The journey takes about 45 minutes. The hotel is both close and yet separate from Puerto Ayora. To arrive, just cross over from the Municipal dock to the hotel’s dock using the hotel’s own ‘aqua taxi’ and then walk a short distance on a tranquil path.
The south side of the island of Santa Cruz doesn’t suffer from the sea mist (called garúa locally) that often blankets the higher elevations of the island. The Finch is blissfully free of garúa, and guests can enjoy a sunny oceanside climate for much of the year.
We always encourage our guests to consider one of our transfer services, which will take care of all of the logistics of arrival and departure. A staff member will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.
However, if you would like to book just the hotel, please follow these instructions:
To reach the Galapagos Islands, take a flight from the mainland of Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil airports) to Baltra airport (GPS); there are at least 2 daily flights from either city. Make sure you book your flight to Baltra Island (GPS). Upon arrival to Baltra Island (airport) take a short ride by bus to the Itabaca Canal (make sure you take the bus to the canal, NOT to the pier) then cross the Itabaca Channel by ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Once on the other side of the canal, take a bus or a taxi to the town of Puerto Ayora (through the highlands of Santa Cruz, a distance of 42 km (26 miles). Upon arrival to Puerto Ayora, walk to the public dock and take a water taxi to the dock of the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. From here, walk along the path to the hotel (5 minutes).