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Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

Address: Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 (0)5 252 0497
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Nontron, France
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127 reviews 127 reviews
45 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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84 reviews 84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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260 reviews 260 reviews
112 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
63 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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205 reviews 205 reviews
66 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

very nice environment for the tortoises! interesting , nice set up for the babies and teenagers before they are released. nice plants and area for them and us to see and learn about too!

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NJ
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

After a very interesting 40 minute bus ride through rural San Cristobal we arrived at the tortoise breeding center. The path to the breeding center was under reconstruction and was very rough but otherwise manageable. It was certainly worth the walk to see the work being done to save the species from extinction. We saw many tortoises from nearly newborn... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

be ready to wear rubber shoes and get into the mud you will see the most incredibles turtles in the world

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited this place when they put the food out for the tortoises so we got to see many tortoises on our visit. This place was very clean and we could see all the effort they are putting into trying to restore the tortoises population. A must see visit!!!!

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Long Beach, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It is worth seeing. While nothing can compare to the wild experience on Santa Cruz (my fiancé and I got engaged there) La Galapaguera was fun. The semi-natural state offers an easy view of how tortoises act in the wild. The trails are quaint and non-taxing. It was our favorite breeding center! Combine this trip with el Junco and Puerto... More 

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