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. You can plan Puerto Ayora trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • It is a good place to see the turtles released. It costs $ 5 entry and allows you to see huge turtles living in freedom. It's very interesting. To get you can hire a taxi and combine it with a trip to the twins and the tunnel. Both are worthy of seeing free. You will need 3 or 4 hours. The taxi can cost you $ 50 for the entire journey. If you can haggle best.
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  • Getting here can be a pain, but admission is only three dollars and you can spend as much time as you want exploring! There are paths going across the reserve, but you dont have to stick to them. The ...  more »
  • It's Impressive to get so close to these giant turtles with more than 100 years, living in your natural habitat. Very interesting ride.
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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.
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