Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, Puerto Villamil

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Get close to the majestic giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan. With the last remaining Cerro Palomo tortoises--four male and two female--in its care, the breeding center dedicates itself to increasing and stabilizing the population of this endangered species. The center also cares for more than 300 other giant tortoises, which you can see on your visit. Take the scenic, flat boardwalk from Puerto Villamil to the breeding center, admiring the surrounding wetlands as you walk. Work out when and for how long to visit Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan and other Puerto Villamil attractions using our handy Puerto Villamil vacation maker tool .
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  • We walked out to the turtle reserve along the tranquil, immaculate boardwalk past the flamingos. Our kids loved seeing the enormous, 100 year old turtles at the reserve. A trip highlight!  more »
  • Another free activity. Good to do it if you add te Flamingo lagoon to it since is on the way there. Lots of tortoises.  more »
  • A bit like downtown Charles Darwin, but more focused on turtles. Can we go by the wonderful path about 1 hour walk from downtown. Hiking is great, the hotel is Ok.
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Where to stay in Puerto Villamil

As the largest town on the island and a jumping-off point for Galapagos explorations, Puerto Villamil offers plenty of places to stay. The main coastal road has the greatest concentration, including a nice selection of boutique hotels with swimming pools, spas, and excursion booking desks. Meanwhile, a pleasant set of simpler hotels and guesthouses still offers good views along the coast. Move a bit inland to find a scattering of hotels and bed and breakfasts, offering either resort-style luxuriousness or a budget-friendly simplicity.
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