El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, Puerto Ayora

4.7
#1 of 254 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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  • This experience was very enlightening in that being so close to these incredible creatures gives one a much better sense of scale; how large these creatures actuality are. The rule on the Galapagos is...  more »
  • Came here with our tour group for lunch and tour of grounds . Lunch was lovely - choice of fish, beef or chicken then a lovely piece of chocolate cake and coffee or lemon grass tea .No complaints from...  more »
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  • One of the most memorable things you can do if you are going to venture to Galapagos. Serene, peaceful, and a stunning look at ancient narural hiistory, alive in front of your face. The lava tunnels and delightful coffee and lemongrass tea in the open-air lounge were just the right way to cap off a walk among the magnificent reptilian residents of the reserve. Unforgettable.
  • Great experience for the family.You will see big Galapagos turtles,go inside lava tunnels and enjoy a lot mother natute.
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