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Reserva El Chato, Puerto Ayora

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
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, Puerto Ayora attractions like Reserva El Chato can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I took a tour from baltra to Puerto ahora which brought me to El Chato. You can see the massive tortoises every where, funny to see them crossing the road and blocking it for a while :). A nice visit ...  read more »
  • Taxi tour from Puerto Ayora 20 AC-25 min (18 km) to the total cost usd 40 x taxi return the driver leads in this private Reserve and wait approx an hour the tourists to bring them back to town. Very special, valid to see (in addition to the Darwin Research Center in Puerto Ayora) the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The turtles cannot bring more than 1.5 mt for taking photos and of course you cannot touch. Entry (up to the bar, without ticket!) 3 usd/pax. Ca walk an hour in a park in some places a bit oozy (are also available at the entrance of big boots) where you can see various tartatughe. Along the way there are a couple of steps in natural tunnel caused by volcanic eruptions, quite impressive. In the road to get to the reserve is possible having to slow down to Turtle crossing!
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  • The reserve is on private land, but the Giant Tortoises are completely wild and free. It is well worth the visit to see these giants in their natural habitat, completely unfettered by fences or human ...  read more »
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