GIANT TORTOISES, LAS GRIETAS OR TORTUGA BAY BEACH

CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

Even though it was created as an international scientific research station and not a visitor site, it has become into one of the most visited spots in the Galapagos archipelago. Located just outside of Puerto Ayora, it is famous for its dedicated work to preserve and breed in captivity the world famous Galapagos giant tortoises and put them back on their island homes once they reach the proper age. These fascinating creatures can live approximately 150 years.

Overall, this is an amazing site to see the Galapagos through Charles Darwin´s eyes and learn more about endemic flora and fauna.

TORTUGA BAY

This visitor site is a beautiful, fine white-sand beach that can be reached by panga or walking from Puerto Ayora. The estimated time of the walk is about an hour (2.5 km from Baltra Avenue). The name Tortuga Bay was given to that spot because it is a nesting site for the black turtles.

LAS GRIETAS

Las Grietas is literally translated “the cracks”. The crystalline and refreshing water enters and forms a natural swimming pool. This spot is a popular place to swim for locals and visitors.

SANTA CRUZ TOUR - ITINERARY

GIANT TORTOISES STATION

Inside the research station there is an interpretation center with self-explanatory wall panels about the climate, geology, natural history and conservation of the Galapagos Islands. After that we can visit giant tortoises in corrals, ranging from juveniles to adults and also see land iguanas in simulated habitats.

Charles Darwin station beach

TORTUGA BAY

In Tortuga Bay, we can spot marine iguanas, American oystercatcher, sandpipers, etc. Beyond there is a quiet, protected lagoon surrounded by mangroves. Nearby on the rocky points marine iguanas can be observed.

After our walk, we will swim for a while in the gentle waters of the bay.

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LAS GRIETAS

You can swim peacefully and if you are looking for some adrenaline you can also jump from a wooden platform.

Grietas Santa Cruz Tour

TOUR DETAILS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS. CABO ROSA UNDERWATER TUNNELS AND LAVA BRIDGES.

Puerto Ayora is the main port of the Galapagos Islands. It is the gateway to great one day tours and point of connection to different islands with the airport.

POINTERS:

  • Charles Darwin Station
  • Las Grietas
  • Outdoor hike and landscapes
  • Beach, relaxation

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Location: Santa Cruz Island
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Interests: wildlife, nature, landscapes
  • Weather: Average 22c - 70f
  • Activity Level: low
  • Departures: Every day
  • Altitude: Sea Level

WHAT´S INCLUDED WITH THE TOUR

INCLUDED:

  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

PASSANGER´S REVIEWS

Santa Cruz tour review

“It seems like we went to so many beautiful places and saw so many animals in just a few hours. Worth doing it, thanks Andando Tours. “– Roberta. Toronto, Canada.

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