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 be reached by a scheduled flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra airport. 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. At the port, a short water taxi ride brings you to Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
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 inquire with the lodge to discuss whether a visit to Finch Bay is feasible. Be sure to pack all needed prescriptions and medications. There is a small hospital in Puerto Aroya, and in the event of an emergency, an air ambulance is available to transport guests to a hospital on the mainland.
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. Please note that a transit control card must be paid at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil. The entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park must be paid upon arrival at the airport in Baltra. Both fees must be paid in cash.
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 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.
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. Plan to pack clothing suited for layering, sturdy shoes, a raincoat or jacket, and any miscellaneous gear you need for outdoor exploration.
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 6 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. Children stay at a discounted rate when sharing accommodations with two adults.
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