Galapagos Hotels Stays - Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) - Why Stay?
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Santa Cruz may be your first experience of the Archipelago.To most visitors, Santa Cruz is the gateway to the Galapagos Islands. It is certainly the most active community, and a beautiful island for its volcanic landscapes and its varied vegetation. The name Santa Cruz means Holy Cross, but it is also known as Indefatigable, after the English warship, H.M.S. Indefatigable.
A fascinating destination and starting point for excursions. It has a pleasant little seashore town, Puerto Ayora, offering a full range of facilities and nightlife.
Both the Galapagos National Park [Galapagos National park] and the Charles Darwin Research Station are headquartered on the island of Santa Cruz, two institutions which help maintain the Galapagos as the outstanding islands they are today. These two organizations are devoted to the conservation of protected areas.
Its location right in the center of the Archipelago makes Santa Cruz an ideal base for discovery, from which to launch a journey into a truly magical world. This island was visited by buccaneers, pirates and whalers. Its colonization is quite recent mainly because of the adverse conditions facing its first inhabitants. The first colonists came in the late 1920’s, but now it has the largest population.
Being the primary gateway to the Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz is also the most developed island of the archipelago, thus offering all the facilities of a small sea town: schools, an international telephone center, a post office, a hospital, a bank, travel agencies, a supermarket, a market, hardware stores and marine supplies, souvenir shops etc.
The food served at the many restaurants located on the main road stretching along the seafront and on the other streets of the town reflects the mixture of origins of Puerto Ayora. It is a mixture of nationalities, of culinary habits. Do you feel like having a pizza or pasta? Would you prefer to have hamburger instead? Or maybe you are in the mood for some Ecuadorian specialties? A “ceviche” perhaps?
You will find food from all over the world in the various restaurants of Puerto Ayora.
Furthermore, you will find along the main road (Charles Darwin) a selection of bars and discos that may make your night enjoyable; all of them open until late at night. None of them charge any entrance fee.