SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz

The famous Santa Cruz  in Galapagos Island is listed as one of the islands full of activities and interesting places to meet, walk and relax for its incomparable and crystalline beaches and lush vegetation. It is located in the central area of ​​the Archipelago. It has an area of ​​986 km² (381 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 864 meters (2834 ft).

Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is a must for all visitors on this incredible island. This research station contributes to the conservation of all species that inhabit the Galapagos Islands. It is also one of the favorite sites for tourists to be photographed in the natural environment of giant tortoises and terrestrial iguanas that live in this fascinating habitat.

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Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

    

Highlands

A paradisiacal landscape for visitors is this spot located 40 minutes from Puerto Ayora where you can enjoy the visual spectacle offered by the turtles in their wild surroundings.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

        

Twin Craters

The great majority of tourists are hypnotized to see this geological formation that resembles two twin craters merged at the two ends of the road linking Baltra with Puerto Ayora formed by the fall of the crust of a volcanic lava crater. Undoubtedly, an outstanding site to observe the species of birds especially the vermillion flycatcher, woodpecker finch, short-eared owls and other wonders of mother nature.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

         

Black Turtle Cove

Having as a backdrop a mangrove lagoon network this peaceful bay is home to thousands of birds, sea turtles, pelicans and dozens of aquatic animals in their natural environment. So if you have the soul of an explorer this site is the right one for you. 

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

        

Lavva Tunnels

An enigmatic place that will perplex to own and strangers is to visit this labyrinth of volcanic origin known as the tunnels that only in charters as the Luxury will have the possibility of knowing and observing turtles, marine iguanas, marine wolves, white sharks, among others exotic animals.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

         

Tortuga Bay

Is a 40 min drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz from Puerto Ayora, the visiting site is a private ranch where the tortoise are on the wild, there is some mud small lagoons where the giant tortoise gather. This is a great site to see the tortoise at their natural environment.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

        

Garrapatero beach

After a short hike, you can access this paradisiacal beach where the mangroves, impressive vegetation, beautiful flamingos, white sand and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean will be the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea or snorkeling while tans your body.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

    

Cerro Mesa

Is a 40 min drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz from Puerto Ayora, the visiting site is a private ranch where the tortoise are on the wild, there is some mud small lagoons where the giant tortoise gather. This is a great site to see the tortoise at their natural environment.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

     

El Chato

This area is constituted by two areas known as Chato and La Caseta, where there is a great variety of vegetation and giant cactus in an open terrain where it is recommended the company of an expert guide to travel the area and avoid getting lost.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

         

Dragon Hill

Behind the beach of Cerro Dragon is the rocky lagoon full of fascinating flamingos and terrestrial iguanas in its ideal habitat for snorkeling and drinking.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

        

Bachas Beach

Is located on Santa Cruz Island; the guided tour thru the station’s visiting sites is an educational experience. The visitor can enter the giant tortoise corrals and have a close look to this ancient giants Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot for visitors to be photographed with them. There is a breeding center for the giant tortoise and land iguanas.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

    

Carrion Point

Is a 40 min drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz from Puerto Ayora, the visiting site is a private ranch where the tortoise are on the wild, there is some mud small lagoons where the giant tortoise gather. This is a great site to see the tortoise at their natural environment.

Highlight: Giant tortoises in captivity

Difficulty: Easy 

        

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