Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A first impression of the Galapagos, Baltra Airport

After a long journey from Europe to Ecuador, we have a connection flight in Quito. From here we still had to fly a few hours to Baltra which is located in the Pacific Ocean. After landing, we had to walk to the small airport terminal. Next to us another plane takes off. Safety regulations still have to be invented. The rules are however enforced as soon as you enter the terminal, here you have to pass emigration and show your entry license for the Galapagos with payment of environmental fees.

Once outside, there is no town, only the airport bus which brings you to the port where your pre-booked boat picks up passengers. Baltra is a desert which houses an airport terminal. In the port we see our first iguana and pelican. Everyone takes pictures, unbelievable. The locals think we are completely crazy and now we know why. In the coming days we saw thousands of those iguanas.

Na een lange reis van Europa naar Ecuador, nemen we een connectie vlucht in Quito. Van hieruit is het nog enkele uren vliegen naar Baltra gelegen in de Stille Oceaan. Na de landing wandelen we naar de terminal. Naast ons stijgt een ander vliegtuig op. De veiligheid voorschriften staan hier nog in de kinderschoenen. Het wordt allemaal wel heel strikt eens in de luchthaven waar je voorbij de emigratie moet, je toegangslicentie tonen en de extreme milieubelastingen betalen. 

Eens buiten is er geen stad, enkel een luchthaven bus die je naar de strandhaven brengt. Hier worden bezoekers opgehaald door vooraf gereserveerde boten. Baltra is gewoon een woestijn eiland met luchthavengebouw. In de haven zien we onze eerste pelikaan en leguaan. Iedereen neemt foto’s, ongelooflijk. De havenarbeiders denken dat die toeristen volslagen gek zijn en nu weten we waarom. In de daar op volgende dagen zagen we duizenden leguanen. 
 
Baltra Airport Galapagos

Baltra Airport hangar

Baltra Airport Aerogal

Baltra Airport control tower

Baltra Airport strip

Baltra Airport tower

Baltra Airport seymour

Baltra Airport port

Baltra Airport catamaran

Baltra Airport zodiac

Pelican

Iguana

Iguana claw

Previous Galapagos article: Careful not to trip over sea lions on Gardner Bay

Previous Airport article: Long distance pictures of airplanes flying by, Herent

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2 comments:

  1. I love the penguins and this gorgeous blue water! Are most of these trips for work, or pleasure?

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