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Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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“the reserve” (70 reviews)
“lava tube” (35 reviews)
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Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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"the reserve"
in 70 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 75 reviews
"lava tube"
in 35 reviews
"rubber boots"
in 35 reviews
"giant tortoises"
in 189 reviews
"lemongrass tea"
in 10 reviews
"these amazing creatures"
in 9 reviews
"taxi driver"
in 20 reviews
"these gentle giants"
in 7 reviews
"free coffee"
in 7 reviews
"santa cruz"
in 60 reviews
"galapagos tortoises"
in 25 reviews
"entry fee"
in 13 reviews
"local coffee"
in 9 reviews
"walk around"
in 20 reviews
"great photos"
in 8 reviews
"roaming free"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you have not seen these giant tortoises elsewhere, this is a good place to see them close up. They are the relatives of those studied by Charles Darwin - the longest survivor of the original tortoises died only in 2009! Also a great example...More

Thank DishesToDieFor
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a very good day trip from puerto ayora . You can catch a cab from town to here for $40 for the day. You could walk right up to the turtles and watch them eat . There are also many cool birds.

Thank alex f
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do stop. I recommend stopping on your way to the airport. We had a driver wait for us and hold our luggage. We spent around 1.5 hours walking around with the turtles and going through the lava tunnels. You can also...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing pretty green place where you can go to see the Giant Galápagos Tortoise in their natural habitat. Watch them munch on the grass and cool off in the muddy ponds. Squelching and farting as they sink into the mud is funny to see. They...More

Thank D P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the highlights of our trip. A joy to walk along the forest and see the caves and everywhere you look there is a giant of a turtle.

Thank arbonafred
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this Reserve as part of the Volunteer work of our trip. The purpose was to help plant new trees in the reserve and our group of 11 planted over 30 new saplings. The reserve itself is huge, and there are countless massive Tortoises...More

Thank RG_WorldTravel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When traveling from the airport to Puerto Ayora, it is a good idea to stop here for a quick introduction to the turtles. They are impressive and its a life time experience. The facilities and the "tour" are very basic, kind of careless, but we...More

Thank Newport35
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured this reserve with our guide from Galakiwi. Many photo ops. The lunch was particularly good at the restaurant at this reserve. Boots were provided. Wear socks.

Thank lookin4luxury
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Huge tortoises happily roaming the property, munching on greens. Amazing to be able to walk around and see them like that. Our guide told us not to get too close because it is stressful for them and they hiss when they feel tense or threatened...More

Thank lotsagoldens
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice experience. Well organized. Giant creatures walking free. I love it. Galapagos is a great place to visit . they take great care of their islands. All guides are very knowledgeable.

Thank travelwithkids0002
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pandawurm
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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Awesome_Four
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
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Awesome_Four
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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
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