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Reserva El Chato, Puerto Ayora

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Get up close to the Galapagos wildlife as you hike through Reserva El Chato. 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. Using our custom trip planner, Santa Cruz attractions like Reserva El Chato can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Reserve the Snubby is a large field, in which one can access not only to visit the 3 tunnels of lava that has (a really interesting experience, especially the last the longest and artificially illuminated) if not also trails in its entirety a few that we allow crossing some of the turtles more great that we can see on the Islands. Access to the reserve departs 3dls and in return you can get a cup of free coffee or a you in the dining room of the place and also use health services. To get to reserve the form most widely used a tour (40dls per person), is to request a taxi 40dls approx total (to be divided between the people who take it, adding that you can also visit the twins for the same cost) or at the crossing to go on their own on a bicycle since distance exacted the 20 km in total.
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  • On our tour we went to the Reserva El Chato. It was great! It's pretty swampy there so for a small fee you can rent rubber boots. Do rent the boots. We were lucky enough to see two large tortoises mat...  more »
  • Best place to see the giant tortoises outdoors. In addition, there are the tunnels formed by lava that although they are quite short, are very interesting. The cost of entry was $3.00 and to get there I had to take a taxi that closed at the hotel ($ 40.00 including the walk to the El Gemelos)
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