Most of us want to visit the Galapagos Islands someday. The Galapagos are located on the equatorial line of the Pacific Ocean, off of Ecuador’s coast. Numerous international tourists come to Galapagos to see its beauty, uniqueness and above all, to experience a unique environment not found anywhere else in the world. The best way to arrive here is by flying from Quito or Guayaquil to the island of Baltra or to San Cristobal.
Its population is made up of a variety of nationalities from different parts of Ecuador, Quito, Ambato, Cuenca, Switzerland, Italy, and many other places. Most people here speak Spanish and English.
Because of this great mixture of cultures, the Galapagos Island is an amazing place to find food from different parts of Ecuador and the world. Seafood is by far the most popular. You can find different fish like tuna or local fish called “brujo,” shrimp, calamari, octopus, and lobster when in season.
You can find all of this seafood prepared in different ways according to the origin of the restaurant or hotel owners.
A Rich Variety of Options
If you’re not into seafood, there’s also a variety of proteins available, from beef, chicken to duck. Many restaurants also offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus items.
If you are on the island of Santa Cruz in Puerto Ayora, visit the restaurants at Charles Darwin Avenue and Baltra Avenue. I have been to Italian-owned Il Giardino, which offers a great selection of Italian and local dishes.
Hernan’s is also a great find, offering more Ecuadorian-style food. Both places offer fresh culinary selections and great service.
I encourage you to explore the many others restaurants to find the cuisine that you prefer.
But to experience truly what the locals eat, you should visit the local street food market a block off Charles Darwin Avenue. Vendors set up tables and chairs at 6 PM. There are many dishes with freshly caught seafood prepared to your liking.
The street food market offers a unique, casual environment to enjoy traditional Galapagos fare with local spices. If you feel like having an unforgettable vacation with great food, don’t miss out on visiting these beautiful Islands.
Have you been to the Galapagos Islands? Do you want to share with us your culinary finds?
by: Sebastian Vallejo