Playa de la Estacion

It might not be the best beach in the Galapagos, but Playa de la Estacion makes a nice stop after a scorching hot walk to the nearby Darwin Station and Tortoise Centre. Though if you’re looking for a scenic beach with powder sand and an array of wildlife, the 3km walk from Puerto Ayora to Tortuga Bay is well worth the trip.

 

 

Located less than a mile from town, Playa de la Estacion is a good spot to have a rest and a refreshing dip. If you bring your snorkel, you stand a good chance of seeing some marine life. The water was pretty rough and cloudy when we were here, though we still saw lots of fish and a ray! Be careful though, as the waves are strong and there are lots of sharp rocks to scrape your knees on!

 

Marine iguanas sunning themselves on Playa de la Estacion

Marine iguanas sunning themselves on Playa de la Estacion

 

Getting to Playa de la Estacion

 

From Puerto Ayora, take the trail east out of town, and follow it for around one kilometre. The beach is not signposted, but the nearby Darwin Station and Tortoise Centre are. Playa de la Estacion is located just before you reach these centres. If you want to snorkel, be sure to rent equipment before you leave the town, as there are no facilities here.

 

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