El Garrapatero, Puerto Ayora

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Journey through a protected environment and observe the animals in their natural habitat at El Garrapatero. As you walk through the trail to the beaches, keep an eye out, as you can often spot finches and lava lizards along the way. Once on the beach, walk along the shore until you reach the lagoon, where pink flamingoes often nest and eat. Since the area is protected, do not expect restaurants nearby; be sure to bring your own water and food. A visit to El Garrapatero represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Puerto Ayora trip maker website to plot your vacation.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Good for a short walk. Kayaking was nice. One can enjoy the company of flamingos and iguanas. Lots of birds and you can ride a bicycle from your hotel.  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    Beautiful and wide Beach, has a space of tables for camping as well as a lagoon where see flamingos. There are activities such as boat and kayak. And there is a public bath. You must walk a stretch to arrive so I recommend to go with sneakers.
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  • September 14, 2017
    This beach was really far off the beaten path from Puerto Ayora. However, it is worth the trek over here for the beautiful and relaxing beach. The taxi ride here is very very expensive, anywhere betwe...  more »

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As a popular jumping-off point for Galapagos visitors, Puerto Ayora receives loads of tourists, and therefore features many of the accommodation options you might expect from a major destination. Though there are types of lodging to suit all kinds of budgets, prices in general tend to be higher in Puerto Ayora than in mainland Ecuador. The more upscale hotels catering to wealthier visitors lie along the waterfront in the vicinity of Avenida Charles Darwin, and offer excellent access to the sea, port, and restaurant scene. Consider renting out a private apartment room or staying in a smaller-scale hotel a few blocks back from the ocean in order to cut down on costs, as the city itself is easily walkable.
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