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Reserva El Chato

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El Chato Reserve Admission Ticket in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
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El Chato Reserve Admission Ticket in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
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Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great lava tunnels and wild life Close to Puerto Ayora and the up close experience with wild life is a once in a lifetime.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Wander575398
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great experience for both tortoises and lava tunnels. Make sure you opt for the gum boots on offer as some areas can be slippery and/or have long grass and fire ants,

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 29plymouth
Reviewed 3 days ago

Reserva El Chato is a place to see and an experience to do. Giant Galapagos turtles (an engaged protected species) here are free. They come from the beaches or they live here thanks to the availability of food and water. Reserva El Chato is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank evelynandesmeralda
Reviewed 5 days ago

The turtles drew us to El Chato but we also walked through lava tunnels. They have boots you can wear because it is a little muddy and slippery in the lava tunnels. Be prepared when you go and take a pair of socks with you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank brenbrian
Reviewed 5 days ago

These beautiful giants enjoying their natural habitat is a truly wonderful sight to see and with the added bonus of being able to walk through the amazing Lava Tunnel. A must see if you are on Santa Cruz!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AnnHerts
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of 5 took two taxis up for a few hours to tour the area. The drivers waited for us while we walked through the lava tunnels and the reserve. They provide the boots which are a must. Nice to see the turtles up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank goodquestions
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ranch with tortoises roaming freely and you can stroll around them. Guides available for questions everywhere. Not crowded when I was there so you can get some nice videos of the animals going about their daily business uninterrupted.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GeorgeN714
Reviewed 1 week ago

VEry easy accomodations and access to see the giant land Tortoieses and interesting Lava tunnels. Reasonable prices and they supply mud boots and easy routes so you are self guided.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of the two Tortoise reserves on Santa Cruz, this is the far better option. It has the shells of the tortoises you can take pictures in, rain boots you can use with part of the payment, free organic coffee grown right there on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ForeverGringo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have extra time on your visit it is worth a stop here. Tons of tortugas to see and take photos of.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Brian D
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22 March 2018|
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Response from Ankan2015 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about their openinghours! I suggest you Google this! They have open during daytime!!! It is a very nice place to stroll around and they also have a nice restaurant for lunch!!!
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5 August 2017|
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Response from coasttraveller2015 | Reviewed this property |
We visited the farm in the afternoon on our way from the airport to our accommodation in town. We walked around the farm and photographed many tortoises eating and stretching their necks. There is a large cafe where we had... More
5 August 2017|
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Response from rubster5 | Reviewed this property |
In all honesty, the site is pretty big and it's not like you would bump into people all the time. We were there late in the afternoon around 3pm and it wasn't THAT busy. Some of the tortoises were sleeping and some were... More