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Introducing Puerto Ayora

This town, the largest in terms of population and size in the Galápagos, is a surprise to most visitors, who don’t expect to find anything but plants and animals in the islands. Puerto Ayora looks and feels like a fairly prosperous mainland Ecuadorian coastal town, that is if it weren’t for the sea lion, iguana and albatross or two that lounge around the waterfront. Most of the hotels, restaurants and tourist facilities line Avenida Charles Darwin and the airport is on Isla Baltra, around an hour away to the north.