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Scalesia Galapagos Lodge: Flights

General Flight Information

Getting To The Galapagos Islands

The Scalesia Galapagos Lodge is located on Isabela Island. Flights operates out of Baltra Island (technically Seymour Airport but more commonly referred to as Baltra Aiport - GPS). To get to the Galapagos Islands, you will need to take a flight from Quito (Mariscal Sucre International Airport - UIO) or Guayaquil (Jose Joaquin del Olmedo International Airport - GYE) on mainland Ecuador. You cannot fly direct to the Galapagos Islands from North America.


International Flights to Mainland Ecuador

If you live in North America, there are many direct flights to get you to mainland Ecuador before your cruise: 

Direct Flights to Guayaquil from North America: Via Houston, Miami, New York, Montreal, Toronto and other major cities. American Airlines and Continental operate these routes.

Direct Flights to Quito from North AmericaVia Houston, Miami, New York, Montreal, Toronto and other major cities. American Airlines and Continental operate these routes.


If you are traveling from Europe, Asia or Australia, please see our How to Get to the Galapagos Islands Guide. 


If you need any help booking these flights, we work closely with South American flight specialists Exito Travel, who can coordinate international (and domestic) flights to seamlessly tie in with your travel itinerary. 


Flights From Mainland Ecuador To The Galapagos Islands

Once you've reached mainland Ecuador, there are three main airlines that fly to the Galapagos Islands, TAME, Avianca and LAN. Most flights to Baltra are from Quito are via Guayaquil (approximately 3.5 hrs), but LAN and Avianca do offer some direct flights (approximately 2 hrs) to Baltra. From Guayaquil, all flights to Baltra Airport are direct (approximately 2 hrs).


It's important to note that virtually all Galapagos Tour Operators require you to book flights with them. This is because they pre-reserve seats on recommended flights that best tie in with their tour itineraries, ensuring the easy coordination of transfers on the islands for all their passengers in one go. Below you will find details of those recommended flights for the Scalesia Galapagos Lodge.

Recommended Flights To Galapagos Islands & Their Prices

Please check with your Travel Specialist for recommended flight information. Below are the prices for the recommended flights for the Scalesia Galapagos Lodge.





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Transfer Information to Isabela Island

Transfers on Isabela Island are included, which take around 20 minutes from either Puerto Villamil or Isabela Airport to the lodge. However the costs of transport from Baltra Airport to Isabela Island (and vice-versa) are additional. There are two options to get between Baltra and Isabela:

Land and Speed Boat Transfer

This option involves a short 15 minutes drive to the Ibataca Channel, a 15 minute crossing, followed by an hour drive across Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora to embark on a 1.5-2 hr speedboat journey.

Land Transfer Shared
One Way – $28

Speed Boat Shared
One Way - $37


For those travelling in groups, a charter option may prove better value. The below are total costs for vehicle/vessel charters for up to 16 passengers:


Land Transfer Private Charter
One Way – $128

Speed Boat Private Charter
One Way - $1,050

By Small Aircraft (Emetebe)

This option involves taking a 40 min Emetebe flight from Baltra Airport to Isabela Airport on a small aircraft suitable for 5-9 passengers. A good option for those prone to sea sickness.

One Way – $175

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Top Tip! Visitation to Galapagos is limited, spaces fill up fast. Tours often sell out 6 to 9 months in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Contact Us for more information.


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