Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Puerto Ayora


The first of its kind in the world, this museum uses augmented reality to showcase a permanent exhibition of 55 pre-Columbian artifacts. The ancient cultures of Ecuador’s Amazon and coastal regions are brought to li…
Wildlife Reserve in Puerto Ayora

Charles Darwin Research Station

Just northeast of Puerto Ayora is this iconic national-park site, where more than 200 scientists and volunteers are involved with research and conservation efforts, the most well known of which involves a captive br…
Beach in Puerto Ayora

Tortuga Bay

In terms of sheer white-sand beauty, this beach is the rival of any in South America. You’ll find it at the end of a 2.5km paved trail southwest of Puerto Ayora. In addition to swimming (a spit of land provides prot…
Barbecue in Puerto Ayora

Isla Grill

This buzzing grillhouse serves satisfying plates of grilled meat and seafood. Among the top picks: costillitas (pork ribs), mariscada (char-grilled shrimp, octopus and calamari) and churrasquito de mimi (a particula…
Deli in Puerto Ayora

Galápagos Deli

Tired of standard almuerzos (set lunches)? Head to this sleek and modern place for brick-oven pizza (small $5) and high-quality deli sandwiches, as well as fish and chips, espresso and delicious gelato. Because it’s…
Japanese in Puerto Ayora


Located inside Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge, Almar prepares its seafood dishes with ingredients sourced from local suppliers. The big draw is sitting on the back waterside deck where sea lions have free rein.
Ecuadorian in Puerto Ayora


Good tunes, cool breezes and tasty Ecuadorian and international dishes (seared tuna, grilled seafood platters and fish in coconut sauce) draw a lively crowd most nights. It's pricey but casual, with open sides and a…
Jewelry in Puerto Ayora

Tortoise Gallery

You'll find one-of-a-kind gifts at this jeweler, with exquisite handmade works by Ecuadorian artisans. Some pieces incorporate lava forms, others feature pre-Columbian art and themes from native Ecuadorian wildlife.
International in Puerto Ayora

Il Giardino

This open-air Italian trattoria boasts a lovely patio dining area, good meat and seafood dishes, plus decadent desserts. An heladería (ice-cream shop) is attached.
Gallery in Puerto Ayora

Galería Aymara

A high-end artists boutique selling uniquely designed handicrafts, jewelry and ceramics.