Tortuga Bay Beach

Tortuga Bay Beach

Bahía Tortuga or Tortuga Bay as the locals call it all the time, is an incredible beach that is located 2.5 km from Baltra Avenue. This beach is divided into two inlets: Playa Brava and Playa Mansa. It bears that name because it is a sea turtle nesting site. 

It is very important to mention that all visitors must register their entrance to the area in the control booth located at the beginning of the path that will take them to the beach. The hours in which this visiting site can be visited is from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Likewise, keep in mind that there are no sanitary services on the beach, they can only be found in the aforementioned control booth.

Entry and tour

To get to any of the 2 inlets, you must walk a path of approximately 2.5 km away. Along this trail you can find vegetation from the lowest part of the transition zone, as well as from the dry zone and the coastal zone. In the same way, along the trail you will see a wide variety of finches and lava lizards.

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In the middle of the trail you will find a small hut where you can rest and recharge your batteries to continue your walk. After this, you will begin to hear the sound of the waves of this beautiful beach, and when you least expect it you will be barefoot between the sand and the ocean.  

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"Angry" Beach

La primera playa llamada “playa brava” es ideal para realizar surf. Cabe recalcar, que se debe tener mucho cuidado en esta zona ya que si no existe conocimiento o experiencia nadando, existen pequeños remolinos y corrientes fuertes que podrían alejarte de manera peligrosa de la orilla. A la entrada de esta playa suelen poner pequeñas banderas de colores (por ejemplo rojo = peligro) para notificar a las personas el nivel de agresividad de las olas, ya que no existe la presencia de salvavidas.

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A lo largo de toda esta playa podrás ver una gran variedad de animales, tales como pinzones de tierra pequeño, pinzones de cactus, canarios María, gaviotas de lava, iguanas marinas y de vez en cuando uno que otro lobo marino de Galápagos. Es muy importante que sepas que está completamente prohibido subir a las zonas arenosas altas (dunas) en las que existe vegetación, ya que en estas se encuentra una planta endémica de Galápagos que ayuda a estabilizar dichas zonas. La planta endémica predominante en las dunas tiene el nombre de “Nolana galapagensis”. 

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Crossing the rough beach, you advance towards a small species of lagoon, which is ideal for snorkeling and seeing marine iguanas in and out of the sea sunbathing. As a reminder, always keep your 2m distance from the animals you see on this site.

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"Calm" Beach

Si sigues avanzando, después de la pequeña laguna, podrás ver más iguanas marinas reposando y tomando sol en la arena. Posterior a esto, observarás un pequeño sendero que te llevara a la conocida “playa mansa“. Normalmente la gente que desea un lugar más tranquilo suele recorrer toda la playa para llegar hasta esta zona.

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This area is ideal for snorkeling and seeing a diverse marine fauna, from small crabs to sea turtles. Also, on this site you can find a kayak rental service, which are ideal for getting to incredible areas of the beach faster. 

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This beach also has some trails with informative signs about the area. These trails lead to areas with incredible landscapes where you can see both flora and diverse fauna of the Galapagos.

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Remember that this beach has no garbage cans (like almost no tourist site on the islands) so you should always take all your waste back to town. Also, do not forget to always carry your bottle of water, food, sunscreen, towels, and everything you need (there is no business in this tourist site) to spend an excellent day at the beach.

If you want to know more about the tourist sites that you can visit in Galapagos, visit: What can you do in the Galapagos Islands?

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