El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, Puerto Ayora

4.7
#1 of 252 in Wildlife in Ecuador
Get up close to the Galapagos wildlife as you hike through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. For bio-protection and your own comfort, the reserve will issue you boots before you head out onto the trails, so you don't track in foreign substances. The reserve has two areas, Caseta and Chato; while trail difficulty ranges from easy to medium, expect a more challenging route through Caseta. During dry season, you can see the fascinating Galapagos turtles in the wild. Other animals such as the short-eared owl, Darwin's finches, and yellow warblers also reside here. Don't miss the opportunity to walk through the island's lava tube. If not up to hiking the whole island, you can arrange to ride horses on the reserve as well. You can plan Puerto Ayora trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • Friendly staff and also you can use rain boots to walk around because the amount of mud. Definitely it is a place to visit in Galapagos  more »
  • This is a mandatory stop when visiting Puerto Ayora. We took a private taxi from town at $40, with the driver waiting for us. If you have four people, it breaks the cost down to $10/person. $5...  more »
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  • This is a fabulous asset. They are saving the giant land tortoises and returning them to the wild. Go with a guide who can explain the history and the process to you the attention to detail and the science of this is very special. If you are visiting the Galapagos - this is a great spot.
  • Great place to view tortoises in the wild. There are 100s just roaming around. The lava caves on site are pretty amazing. If you are on the island of Santa Cruz and looking for something to do this is a pretty great option. There is also and outdoor restaurant on site.
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