The bus ride across Baltra Island is not very long. It could have been easy to forget to take in the scenery with all the commotion of getting settled on the bus, absorbing that we were actually on the Galapagos islands, and getting to know the other travelers. I’m glad we didn’t.
When we landed on Baltra Island we had a short wait at the Baltra airport before taking the but across the island. While we waited we did a little shopping at the gift stores and then climbed on the bus with everybody else. The staff members from Red Mangrove greeted us, showed us which bus to get on and loaded the luggage for us.
Check out: View of Baltra Island from Itabaca Channel
The Scenery Of Baltra Island
The scenery of Baltra Island is scrubby, lots of dry grass and low lying bushes. It doesn’t sound very pretty but we are used to lusher surroundings so it was interesting to see such a different landscape. In among the dry grass we caught glimpses of reddish volcanic rock. It was the first time I had seen volcanic rock so I was really taken with it, trying to snap pictures as the bus whizzed by.
Out the left side of the bus we saw the Pacific Ocean. The sun was shining so the water was a gorgeous blue making a beautiful contrast with the dry scrubby landscape of Baltra. We could also see some of the other islands which heightened our eagerness to get out there and explore them.
My Favorite Part Of The Ride
I think my favorite part of the ride across Baltra was at the very end where the road winds down toward the water. On one side we could see the Itabaca channel, and on the other a cliff of reddish volcanic rock. I was really taken with the cliff side. The volcanic rock was peppered with bright green cacti and brownish-grey gnarled looking trees, so different from anything I had ever seen before. We were even greeted by a land iguana, a rare sighting!
We lingered for a while, taking pictures of the cliff, the water and the iguana. The pictures we have from the ride across Baltra really help trigger the memories of how we felt when we got our first glimpses of the Galapagos. I’m glad we didn’t miss that!