Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel: Plan Your Stay

Located in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

How To Get There

Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel is located in a secluded bay on the south side of Santa Cruz, the most populous of the Galápagos Islands. Whenever possible, the lodge encourages guests to utilize their transfer services, which take care of all of the logistics of arrival and departure from mainland Ecuador to Finch Bay.

If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, Finch Bay can reached by a scheduled flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra Airport (GPS), one of the archipelago’s primary airports. An overnight stay in Quito or Guayaquil is necessary before catching a morning flight to the Galápagos. From the airport on Baltra Island, take a short bus ride to the dock at Itabaca Channel, followed by a 10-minute ferry ride across the channel to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival on Santa Cruz, catch a local bus or taxi to the town of Puerto Ayora (a roughly 45-minute drive). At the port, a short water taxi ride brings you to Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel.

What to Expect

Mobility

Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel is located across the bay from Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. To reach the lodge, guests must take the hotel’s water taxi, followed by a 5-minute walk up a short pathway to the lodge. Finch Bay has two wheelchair-accessible rooms on the ground floor; however, the island excursions offered by the lodge are not wheelchair-friendly and most require physical activity. Due to the lodge’s rugged surroundings, guests with limited mobility should call our reservations specialists to discuss whether a visit to Finch Bay is feasible.

Passports

Passports are required for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to visit Ecuador and the Galápagos, and must be valid for at least six months after your departure from Ecuador.

Money

The monetary unit in Ecuador is the U.S. dollar. Finch Bay accepts all major credit cards and/or cash; traveler’s checks are not accepted. There are ATMs in Quito, Guayaquil, and Puerto Ayora. If you plan to use an ATM, please check with your local bank to find out if your ATM card can be used in Ecuador.

Health

Tap water is generally not potable in Ecuador. All guests are provided with reusable water bottles and filtered water throughout their stay at Finch Bay. Be sure to pack all needed prescriptions and medications. There is a small hospital in Puerto Aroya, as well as pharmacies, grocery stores, and a post office. In the event of an emergency, an air ambulance is available to transport guests to a hospital on the mainland.

Phones and Internet

Low-bandwidth Wi-fi is available is throughout the property, though service is at times intermittent. Individual accommodations are outfitted with phones and there is a television in the main lounge area.

Fees

Please note that a transit control card of $20 per person must be paid at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil. The entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park is currently $100 per person and must be paid upon arrival at the airport in Baltra. Both fees must be paid in cash.

Weather and Seasons

Thanks to the confluence of cold water currents that flow through the islands, the Galápagos Islands enjoy temperate weather year-round. December to May is the hotter, wetter season, with high humidity, sunny skies, and occasional rain showers. During the rainy season, you can expect average daytime temperatures in the 80s, with warmer waters (74-83° Fahrenheit). June to November is the cooler, drier season, which brings cool winds and an occasional misty drizzle called garúa. During the dry season, daytime temperatures average in the 70s, with cooler water temperatures ranging from 60-74° Fahrenheit.

Whichever time of year you visit the Galápagos, it’s important to protect yourself from the strong equatorial sun. See below for packing suggestions.

What to Bring

We recommend that you pack lightly, due to the following luggage restrictions: On the local flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galápagos, your checked baggage may be weighed and cannot exceed 44 pounds per person. All carry-on luggage items may be also weighed and cannot exceed 22 pounds per person. Please contact your international and domestic airlines for updated information regarding checked baggage fees, weight guidelines, and any other restrictions.

Additionally, all cargo and luggage that arrives in Galápagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another may be inspected by local authorities. To preserve the native ecosystems, there are a number of restricted products that may not be transferred to the islands, including fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and/or their derivatives, dairy products, and dry coffee beans.

Suggested Packing List

  • An assortment of short- and long-sleeved shirts, shorts, and long pants
  • Light fleece/sweater
  • Windbreaker
  • Lightweight hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes
  • Sturdy sandals such as Tevas or Chacos
  • Wide-brimmed hat or visor
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • High factor waterproof sunscreen
  • Lip salve with sun protection
  • Insect repellant
  • Full-length wetsuit for snorkeling if you’re traveling from June to November, when the water is colder. Otherwise, “shorty” wetsuits are provided by the lodge for the duration of your stay.
  • Small waterproof backpack
  • Binoculars
  • Appliance chargers and a voltage converter if necessary (plugs in Ecuador are U.S.-style, 2-pronge flat pins, 120 volts)

Traveling with Family

Finch Bay welcomes families, and children can take part in many of the activities offered by the lodge, including nature walks, water sports, and more. Kids must be six or older to participate in the yacht excursions. There are several accommodation options suitable for larger family groups, and most rooms can be outfitted with an extra bed upon request. Please call for details.

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