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Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

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Address: Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 (0)5 252 0497
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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one of the best places to see giant tortoises

Seeing giant tortoises in the wild in the Galapagos is a hit or miss proposition. And seeing them in pens (even large pens) is not the same. The Galapaguere de Cerro Colorado... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Columbia, Missouri
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Our trip included a visit to this center and also to the Charles Darwin center in Puerto Ayora. Yes we know that the tortoise program is famous and critical to the Galapagos. No, we wouldn't have visited both tortoise breeding centers. Seeing tortoises in the "wild" on Santa Cruz (Santa Rosa?) was a lot more interesting.

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Seeing giant tortoises in the wild in the Galapagos is a hit or miss proposition. And seeing them in pens (even large pens) is not the same. The Galapaguere de Cerro Colorado rather splits the difference. This is a large, walk through center that has a number of giant tortoises that are not in pens, though not exactly in the... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I read about Cerro Colorado Galapagos in guide book. The fee of $100pp that you paid to enter the Galapagos on arrival covers entrance to this park and just about every other park. You will however pay the taxi driver or guide who needs to take you around. If you are coming from downtown - ask taxi driver to stop... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It is an interesting breeding centre to visit. You learn all about the turtles from the various islands. The small baby turtles are very cute too watch. It is worth visiting, but not better than the turtles at the Charles Darwin research station.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Here you get up close to the turtles as they are not barricaded behind walls. Best to go at feeding time when they are all together and active. I worked here for a day and had the pleasure of feeding them on another day. This is the better reserve than the other islands, though they are not as large here... More 

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Nontron, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Tortoises in quite a wild situation - compared with those on Isabela. We visited the centre as part of a tour we had negotiated with an English speaking taxi driver (quite rare!) There was an explanation of what it was all about and a marked walk around the area. Our taxi driving was doing a natural history/guiding degree at Guayaquil... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It was nice seeing a different type of tortoise to that found in the Santa Cruz highlands, but it really is just like an open plan zoo ( with the adults moving freely within the compound and enclosures for the young) In terms of the breeding centre, you can get the same experience at the Charles Darwin research station (on... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is one of the few places where you can admire these big turtles. The best way to go is to negotiate with a taxi in San Cristobal, usually $60 per car with up to 4 people. The trip/tour includes Cerro Brujo and Playa Puerto Chino.

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Tucson, Arizona
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

San Cristobal was my first island and I learned everything about the giant tortoises at this breeding center. There are covered cages for the newbies, open penned areas for the next stage and walking trails among the older tortoises that are roaming free around the reserve so I could get up close to them. I went to the breeding center... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This tortoise reserve had the smallest babies we saw on all the islands but not so many large ones to see, prefer santa cruz reserve for viewing the adults.

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