How often do you get the chance to walk through a tunnel of lava? Created by the flowing and cooling process of liquid magma, the underground lava tubes of Santa Cruz are simply breathtaking. The most popular is the Tunnel of Love, so named for the heart-shaped hole in the ceiling. Cool down with a splash in the fresh waters of Puerto Ayora, snorkel at Tortuga Bay or the mangrove-lined Garrapatero Beach and get friendly with the giant natives at the El Chato Tortoise Reserve.
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4.5 based on 3 reviews
After a long walk along the boardwalk from the town, possibly 45mins. we were greeted by an expanse of fine sand wrapping atound the bay, punctuated by the occasional person and the Marine Iguana.
What a beautiful beach! Worth the walk there and back, but best start early in the bay before the heat of the day and the sun reaches over head.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This place is great to observe turtles in their natural habitat. You can see turtles at Charles darwin station too but it's not the same experience. Here it is like Easter egg hubt, you walk in the grass and bumm, you'll find a turtle if you are lucky. We were lucky enought to see all sizes of turtles in all situations, eating, mating, sleeping, swimming, walking, relaxing etc.
Pretty cool experience
4.5 based on 161 reviews
This is a great site to see in the Galapagos. There are many tortoises in the park just roaming around. Also many guava trees.. There is also the lava tunnel. A nice way to spend a little time in the Galapagos.
4.5 based on 557 reviews
What an unexpected pleasure. Fish are off loaded here throughout the day, with great expectation from the seals, waiting on the dock, together with the Pelicans and Frigate birds waiting nearby.
A hive of activity and local wildlife - a must visit location and all for free.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
A water taxis ride from the harbour for 80 cents takes you across the water for a 20 min hike, past salt marshes and Iguana nesting spots, skirting a small beech, to the timber trellis that leads down to the cool waters within this small canyon.
We visited over the weekend and, whilst busy with local people, it presented a relatively quiet opportunity for a refreshing swim. The waters were cool, but a lot warmer than I had anticipated - pleasantly so. Nice little spot to visit during your stay in Santa Cruz.
4.5 based on 612 reviews
Visiting this beach was one of our best ideas while staying at the Galapagos. It is a lovely place away from the noise from downtown. The beach is clean and the view is just amazing.
4.5 based on 73 reviews
Jewelry & latin american art and craftwork
The work is beautiful and unique. I loved that it represents a wide selection of artists and areas in South America. Be ready to pay, these pieces are hand-made.
4 based on 369 reviews
This is a hidden gem. It’s literally 3-4 mins walk from the hustle and bustle of the strip and the harbour yet is so quiet and calm it’s incredible. The water is crystal clear and you can see the turtles and fish swimming beneath you. You can’t swim or snorkel in it but that doesn’t matter. When we arrived we saw two people Reading books and two couples in conversation. It’s that sort of place. The boardwalk around the lake doesn’t go all the way around so you’ll have to come back the way you came but that’s an irrelevance. A beautiful place and well worth an hour of your time.
4 based on 2 reviews
Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.
This was one of our stops on our multi-island visit to the Galapagos, and it one of the most informative underpinnings of the history and future of animal life on the Islands, the giant tortoises in particular. The Center's principal activity is re-growing the tortoise population was devastated by man and man's introduction of alien life (goats, rats, etc.) that further impacted the tortoises' habitats. A tribute is there for Lonesome George, the last example of the Isla Santa Cruz subspecies that died in 2012. The center is an easy 10-15 minute walk from town and can be toured in 1-2 hours. Definitely a must-see for anyone who has traveled this far to experience the animal life of the Galapagos.
4 based on 250 reviews
This tunnel was a neat experience if you are visiting the tortoise reserve but I wouldn't drive up just for this. The tunnel was cool but the floor could get slippery in places and at one point you have to slither on your belly to continue on down the tunnel. It was a little scary.
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