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Rancho Primicias, Santa Cruz

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Admire the gentle giants of the Galapagos at Rancho Primicias. Explore the ranch lush with fruit trees and populated by cattle, goats, and giant tortoises. The tortoises are calm and relaxed and will not be frightened if you walk up near them, so the site provides the chance for some great photo ops. Observe the creatures as they roam around the ranch munching on greens and playing in the water. There is also a souvenir shop and a cafe restaurant (known for fresh passion fruit juice). Put Rancho Primicias at the forefront of your travel plans using our Puerto Ayora tour planner.
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  • Pleasant place, where you can see huge land turtles that inhabit the island Santa Cruz, recommended
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  • We stopped here on the bus transfer from Baltra Airport to Puerto Ayora, and glad we did! After putting on gumboots to protect feet from the mud, we tramped around the facility with a guide and saw do...  more »
  • Grab a cab. Offer $40 for a round trip tour--three hours. The tour will include a trip to los Gemelos as well as to the Ranch. On the ranch you will see what everyone hopes to see in the Galapagos--th...  more »

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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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