Reserva El Chato, Puerto Ayora

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#1 of 135 in Wildlife in Ecuador
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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, Puerto Ayora attractions like Reserva El Chato can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Well worth a visit to see the incredible Giant Tortoises ,from youngsters to adults over 100 years old.  more »
  • An excellent place to visit to see the natural habitat of the giant tortoise - in the ponds and the grounds. Our guide was very informative on the history, habitat and habits of these creatures. The l...  more »
  • You visit coordinás with the taxi drivers. It is a good place to spend the morning or the afternoon. It has a couple of circuits that you search them on your own. The turtles roam everywhere. and there are a few lava tunnels that you can not miss.
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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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