April 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
Ecuadorian Airline SAERO S.A. has announced they are to begin inter-islands service within the Galapagos Islands. There are currently three airports in the Galapagos the largest on the island of Baltra, one on the island of San Cristobal and a third which is exclusively used for inter-island flights on the island of Isabela. Travel between these islands is currently limited to either a fiberglass speed boat or EMETEBEE airlines which operates 7 and 9 passenger Britten-Norman 2 Islander planes.
SAERO which currently offers flights within Ecuador and to the beaches of Northern Peru has a fleet that includes a Turbo Commander 840, Helicopter, BeechCraft 1900 Embraer 120 and Leer Jet. SAERO’s entry into the Galapagos inter-island market will make more options available and it more convenient for travelers who wish to travel between the islands by plane.
April 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
LAN has released a new destination within the South American Airpass program: Colombia. Passengers may, through LAN.com, select a flight of entry into the continent, to design an itinerary of at least three destinations in the region and take advantage of rates of the company, and now has chosen Colombia between their countries.
Colombia has become the eighth largest network of destinations available in the South American Airpass. Bogota, Cali, Cartagena or San Andres Island are already available to the traveler with the South American Airpass.
LAN continues offering, under the South American Airpass, his classic “recommended circuits” which proposed routes for all tastes:
– “Galapagos and Machu Picchu.” Quito-Galapagos-Islands-Guayaquil-Lima-Cusco.
– “Inca Trail and Lake Titicaca.” Lima-Cuzco-Juliaca-Lima.
– “Wonders of South America.” Lima-Cusco-Lima-Iguazu Falls-Lima.
– “Urban America.” Quito-Lima-Buenos Aires-Santiago de Chile.
– “Cultures enigmatic.” Santiago-Easter Island-Santiago-Calama-Santiago de Chile.
-“Food and wine”. Lima-Buenos Aires-Mendoza-Santiago de Chile.
The company offers users the best South American Airpass travel conditions, allowing earn 100% of the mileage in their frequent flyer program LANPASS and applying the more lenient baggage rate of transoceanic flights.
February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
December 13, 2011 § 1 Comment
Aerogal one of the main airlines operating flights within Ecuador and to the Galapagos Islands has taken delivery of a new Airbus A320-200. The new aircraft with capacity for 150 passengers offers a two-class configuration; currently most aircrafts operating within Ecuador offer a single class of service.
The new aircraft was the first of three Airbus planes to be delivered in 2010 and is the start of Aerogal’s new fleet of planes. Aerogal currently offers flights between Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos, Cuenca and Manta as well as international destinations such as Lima and New York. Last week Aerogal announced new routes including Lago Agrio and Coca in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
“For AEROGAL, the arrival of our first A320 marks a new era in Ecuadorian aviation,” said Gabriela Sommerfeld, President of AEROGAL. “We are convinced that these new and modern aircraft, arriving direct from the assembly line, will help AEROGAL grow and expand its brand internationally.”
December 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
A good article on Island Based Travel….enjoy!
By Gabriela Supelano / Ecuador
This archipelago, Ecuador has no comparison. It is unique for its number of animals, diversity of landscapes and isolation. The perfect place to understand the evolution by Charles Darwin.
The landscape of the Galapagos Islands may well have come from a science fiction movie. It is barren, dry, low vegetation and little green. It is also full of volcanoes and lava dry. Next to the alien land is a deep blue sea. It’s a no man’s land, or rather, a land not owned by its human inhabitants it’s owned by nature.
The islands have much to offer. Therefore, it is best to plan to visit ahead of time, although in a few days can also make a nice trip. There are 13 large volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets. So much to explore and learn.
Each island is very different from the other, so much so that large Galapagos tortoises are several species that evolved by isolation and climatic conditions of each site.
The airport is located in the small island of Baltra. On arriving there, tourists should take a ferry to transport them to one of the most important islands, Santa Cruz. In the upper parts are two huge craters called Los Gemelos. These are formed when several underground lava tubes collapsed.
Moreover, in Santa Cruz is a giant tortoise reserve and Charles Darwin. This site is intended for research and conservation of the giant tortoises and that’s where Lonesome George, animal emblematic of the islands.
George is the last specimen of its kind. For this reason, researchers at the Charles Darwin Station are trying to reproduce with females genetically very similar species.
In Santa Cruz is also Puerto Ayora, the largest town in Galapagos. It is a perfect place to stay. From Puerto Ayora you can take boats and cruisers for all the islands and diverse infrastructure and hotels.
From Santa Cruz you can go to San Cristobal, a small island but definitely missed. In Santa Cruz there are nature walks in the vegetation of the area and beaches. In addition, sea lions are everywhere, from the pier to the beach. Its small size also means it has less flow of tourists. It also has cabins and small hotels for those who do not want to move there.
The other big island is Isabela. This is much younger than San Cristobal, which has beautiful beaches, lots of wildlife and several volcanoes that can be crossed on foot or horseback.
Isabela also has a huge area for snorkeling, where there are reefs, fish and you can see another turtle or a sea lion. It is the perfect place to appreciate the huge marine iguanas characteristics of small islands and penguins that inhabit them.
The Galapagos Islands are a point where biodiversity operates, so much so that looks like a zoo without cages or bars. Animals are masters of the rocks and beaches, and you have to ask permission to walk on their land. It’s a unique place, which also stands at the center of the world along the equator.
November 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
LAN Airlines the leading South American carrier has begun operating two flights weekly to the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos.
“By opening this new route, the island of San Cristobal will be connected not only to Ecuador, but to the world, through the different international destinations reached by LAN Ecuador, LAN Airlines and its other affiliates, as well as by other airline members of the oneworld alliance,” said Maximiliano Naranjo, general manager of LAN Ecuador, in a written statement.
San Cristobal is one of two airports in the Galapagos Islands. Prior to the operation of LAN, San Cristobal was served by TAME and Aergoal who operated several flights per week. LAN provides much needed space on flights to the Galapagos.
“The community is looking forward to our flights, and we want to respond by delivering the world-class service we are known for,” added Naranjo.
The flights will be operated with a fleet of modern Airbus A320 aircraft, whose fuel efficiency allows them to produce less noise and CO2 emissions. Approximate flight time from Guayaquil to San Cristobal is two hours, and flights will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays.
August 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
Qantas Airlines announced yesterday in early 2012 Qantas will
begin a new service to Santiago, Chile. The new route is part of Qantas groups
five-year plan to create a modern, customer-focused and competitive global
The new South America route will operate three times per week using
a three-class Boeing 747 reconfigured with Airbus A380 product, and replace
Qantas’ current direct flights between Sydney and Buenos Aires. Over time
Qantas looks to increase the service to daily flights. Flying time from Sydney
to Santiago is 13 hours and flying time from Santiago to Sydney is 14 hours 25
Qantas is a member of the oneworld alliance and the new service
dovetails with oneworld alliance partner LAN whose hub is in Santiago. Arriving
in Santiago travelers can make easy connections throughout the region including
flights to the Galapagos Islands and Cusco, Peru the gateway to Machu Picchu.