El Garrapatero, Puerto Ayora

4.3
#2 of 20 in Outdoors in Puerto Ayora
Beach Nature / Park
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. Use our Puerto Ayora vacation builder to arrange your visit to El Garrapatero and other attractions in Puerto Ayora.
Create an itinerary including El Garrapatero
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
564 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We have been to this beautiful beach for a few hours. With the taxi back and forth does it cost $35. We found the beach beautiful. By the rough sea, there was not much to see in the water. The water was cloudy through the sand. You can also take a walk along the water over the lava rocks hiking (only to do with good shoes).
    View original
  • Tranquil beach, made of bike from Puerto Ayora, has a rustic camping on the beach, the beach is super clean, the color of the sea is azure, a beauty, take food and drink, because there's nothing around.
    View original
  • Seriously, this beach is super cute, to finish a day of little activity in Santa Cruz. The photos are divine.
    View original

Plan your trip to Puerto Ayora

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Puerto Ayora

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.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Puerto Ayora by other users

6 days in Galapagos Islands & Guayaquil BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Peru & Ecuador BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL November, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM ECUADOR October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM BELGIUM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM BONAIRE, SINT EUSTATIUS AND SABA July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 58 days in Colombia & Ecuador BY A USER FROM GREECE November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans