Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal

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Take a closer look at giant tortoises by paying a visit to Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, dedicated to raising and caring for this species suffering from a dwindling population. Observe baby tortoises in cages and older ones roaming around, and drop by the visitors center for an in-depth look at the painstaking efforts put forth to help save this endangered animal. Make Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado a centerpiece of your San Cristobal vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Cristobal online trip itinerary planner .
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  • If you are in San Cristobal, here is the only way to see land turtles. There are two ways to get there. By taxi or rent a bicycle. I went by bike about 1 hour. But it was super fun. You can pass the volcano crater there can also spend some time. Here you can see many of the turtles of different ages. This park is for free you don't have to pay anything just you enter a list so they can see where you come from and how long you have been here. The big animals move freely on the terrain and so you can also take pictures with the big ones. But as everywhere on Galapagos Islands, you should keep at least 2m away. Find this very good that the animals are not so stressed.
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  • I so loved seeing the giant tortoises, especially the pens where they keep the babies and the adolescences. Adorable. I'm so happy they are helping these species survive.  more »
  • This was my favorite place on the island. I was astounded! A nice trail, although potentially muddy and rocky and hilly, meandered through the reserve leading to tortoises sometimes hidden in the brus...  more »
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  • Great viewing of this gentle giant - much nicer experience than the Charles Darwin Research Centre - this feels more natural and kind to the inhabitants. They both do great work to preserve the endangered Tortoise, but this feels like a better way to see them.
  • Tortoise propagation center for San Cristobal Tortoises. Has small visitors center then trail that includes nursery (through age 5 years when released into wild areas). Saw several wild Tortoises along their 1.5 km (or so) trail. Would describe trail as moderate with some small inclines and unsure footing. Would highly recommend visiting. Best access is with a taxi ($60) including stops at Tree House, El Juncal, la galapaguera, and China Beach. Total trip about 4-5 hours.
  • Great "free-range" tortoisecenter. Easy access by public bus on Sunday mornings from Peurto Baquerizo Moreno (pickup at 8am from the market corner, return at 3pm from Peurto Chino parking lot). Free to enter, could easily spend an hour walking and learning from the guides.
  • This little gem is off the normal tourist stood but it's a real insight in saving young turtles. A guide is extremely useful.
  • Galapaguera, which is host to many Giant tortoises and is also a breeding centre. It is another relatively easy walk up to the breeding centre, where you will see some larger tortoise along the way and tame enough for photos. They have the babies sectioned off in different areas, once they are 5 years old, the tortoise are released to roam free. To top it off, entry is free!
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