El Chato Reserve Highland Tour
“El Chato” reserve is located in the highland of Santa Cruz Island, you can admire the giant Galapagos tortoises and the lava tunnels. This reserve has an area of 12 hectares and it's home to the famous giant Galapagos tortoises, these tortoises weigh 550 pounds (250 kg) and measure 1.5 meters (5 feet). You'll also have the opportunity to visit the tunnels which were formed by volcanic lava. The distance from Puerto Ayora to El Chato is about 22 km.
Departure Time: 9:00 am / 14:00 pm
From: Puerto Ayora – Isla Santa Cruz
Duration: 3 hours
Route Reserve El Chato
Itinerary El Chato Reserve Highland Tour
Our staff will pass by your hotel in a private taxi to transfer you to the highland of Santa Cruz
Island in order to get to El Chato Giant Tortoises Reserve, it is about 20
minutes to get
At Rancho El Chato, you can walk with a volunteer guide or on your own. There, you'll be able to
appreciate plenty of Galapagos tortoises in the wild, some hide in trees and
others cool off in
lagoons. Prepare your camera to photograph the giant tortoises, don't forget to stay 2 meters
In addition, you'll be able to appreciate a lot of birds as finches and several
are found swimming in the lagoons with the turtles.
A few meters away is the entrance to the lava tunnels, it's illuminated. You
can't miss this
adventure, at the end of the tunnel you'll get a pleasant surprise. Our staff will be waiting
for you at the end of the tour to drive you to your hotel.
Bring water, comfortable shoes and a camera, don't forget to take photos without a flash.
El Chato Reserve Highland Tour included
• Transportation Hotel-El Chato-Hotel.
• Entrance to El Chato
• Tips for volunteer guides