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). To visit Rancho Primicias and get the most from your holiday in Puerto Ayora, create itinerary details personal to you using our Puerto Ayora sightseeing planner .
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  • October 5, 2017
    This is a great site to see in the Galapagos. There are many tortoises in the park just roaming around. Also many guava trees.. There is also the lava tunnel. A nice way to spend a little time in the ...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    I arrived by bicycle from Puerto Ayora, an incredible ride. Santa cruz has a very good bike. The itinerary of this place allows you to see giant tortoises, reforestation, and part of forest. You can have lunch at the end of the ride.
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  • September 5, 2017
    In my opinion, the best place to see the giant turtles. You pay 5usd to get in. If you are travelling on a budget, you can take a bus (around usd4 one way trip) to Santa Rosa and from from there (arou...  more »

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