Zoologico de San Martin, Banos

3.8
Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Learn more about native Ecuadorian species at Zoologico de San Martin, dedicated to the conservation of local animals and the rescue of wild creatures often improperly kept as house pets. Explore the large enclosures in the charming zoo, opened in the early 1990s, and view approximately 50 species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and fish. See the majestic Andean condor, the endangered spectacled bear, tapirs, capybaras, the Galapagos tortoise, as well as numerous other native species. Put Zoologico de San Martin on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Banos trip itinerary builder website.
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  • The zoo is walking distance from Banos and worth a visit. Lots of birds and animals and nice views. The monkeys was very playful and put on a show for us.  more »
  • Zoological de San Martin is a Zoo that has many birds as well as monkeys and even a white tiger. There are a lot of stairs and hills to walk up throughout the Zoo so be prepared for a workout.  more »
  • The zoo is well worth visiting for a number of reasons, but one is the setting on the edge of the Rio Pastaza gorge. The animals look well cared for and were animated, putting on a good show for the.....  more »
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  • Good place for watching animals.zoo but in the rock mountain.its a nice place for view the location.its located in high hills.many place inside the zoo you find view point to observe the beauty of rivers and mountain harmony.not too much variety of animals but it's ok to observe some animals.variety of birds and some Asian animals also found here.spent 2/3 hours is ok.inside the there is coffee shop too.you can drink coffee with good view of river.
  • I love it all the animals seems to be taking really good care
  • Nice to for the kids
  • Such a nice zoo, with local endangered animals being given the best possible environment for them given the circumstances. The animals are very friendly and show no signs of distress at all as they are in a very close to natural habitat. Well well worth the money, it seems never ending for such a small area
  • This is a terrible zoo with distressed animals, poor enclosures and lack of health and safety. The animals do not have enough space and are kept in very basic housing that does not replicate their natural habitat. The white tigers are kept behind concrete walls with a caged ceiling for visitors to drop litter into their enclosure and the only windows they have are constantly filled with people peering in. Between pacing back and forth panting, one of the tigers did a running jump at the window. People found this funny but the animal is quite clearly distressed and sick of being watched with nowhere in the enclosure to go and hide. In some cases the animals were separated from visitors only by a fence that was low enough for children to reach over - the poor tapirs had their backs to the wall of their tiny habitat obviously not wanting to come anywhere near the people. I saw a girl put her hand through a cage and touch a spider monkey. No staff were around anywhere in the zoo to oversee such instances and ensure the animals were kept at a safe distance from people. There was an injured Toucan hopping around on the floor of his cage with an injured leg. None of the birds had enough space to fly. It makes me so angry that people have rated this place a even a 3 star zoo when the animals are quite clearly being mistreated and are terribly unhappy. Besides from the animal cruelty going on here it is an extremely poorly laid out zoo with many dead ends so you're repeatedly walking back on yourself. There is not enough path space for visitors to walk through without pushing into each other and due to all the steps/rocky paths/slippery surfaces this zoo would not be suitable for prams, wheelchairs, elderly or anyone with walking difficulties. All this place cares about is making money from tourists. If you love animals. DO NOT GO HERE.

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