Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza

Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza

Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Julia M
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit!
    The center itself is smaller than the ones in San Cristobal and Santa Cruz but the guide was very knowledgeable and we still felt like we learned new things even after having visited the centers on the other islands. Admission was 10$ per person which was worth it to us to support them in their efforts to raise and reestablish the tortoise populations. And as other people said, the boardwalk to the center itself is worth doing on its own. Plus right around the corner past the center is the lagoon where you can see flamingos. We got lucky and saw a handful flying in just as we arrived.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,067 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tortoise breeding center
    This is a small tortoise breeding center. You can traverse it via a boardwalk that goes past several enclosures of breeding tortoises (large, lumbering and impressive) and various-aged juvenile tortoises. The baby tortoises are protected from predators by multiple layers of screens. While I understand why this is necessary, you can't see any of the babies as a result. There's also a very small exhibit and information gallery at the visitor's center. There's plenty of other wildlife at the center. I saw a racer snake and many lava lizards, among other animals.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 20, 2023
  • swoodruf
    Muskegon, Michigan1,574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tortoise Breeding Center ... A MUST DO!
    This is a really amazing place! It was so interesting to see the various tortoises and the efforts that the Galapagos National Park system has done to preserve and protect these awesome animals. If you are in the Galapagos, you really shouldn't miss this. There is a small museum inside the building as well.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 6, 2024
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Joe G
113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Had visited in the past. You used to be able to take a leisurely tour around the facility. Now you have to pay a guide $10 per person and take a tour. It is a very short walk around the center, so a guide is really not needed.
Written October 6, 2022
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Rob H
South Chailey, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
It’s a $10 entrance but worth it as they need the money to keep going. A small but brilliant sanctuary where they have already repatriated 2000+ tortoises! Lots of babies to see and stories about the older ones saved from volcano eruptions etc. chatted to volunteers from usa/ italy doing a few weeks there to help out. They used volunteer.com. A worthwhile cause. Go see the flamingoes round the corner afterwards.
Written December 1, 2022
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swoodruf
Muskegon, MI1,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is a really amazing place! It was so interesting to see the various tortoises and the efforts that the Galapagos National Park system has done to preserve and protect these awesome animals. If you are in the Galapagos, you really shouldn't miss this. There is a small museum inside the building as well.
Written February 6, 2024
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PSchicke
Livermore, CA344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
Centro de Crianza “Arnaldo Tupiza” is one of the three tortoise rearing centers in the Galapagos Islands today (Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands are home to the other two).

The center was located just a mile away from the main town of Puerto Villamil and can be accessed either by foot or by vehicle. We learned that the center was created to restore the tortoise population of the southern part of Isabela Island (Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul Volcanoes) and is currently home to over 330 tortoises, between juveniles and adults. The tortoises here are being bred and taken full care of in captivity for re-introduction into the wild. It was amazing to see all of this happening in person!

If visiting Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, then this is a highly recommended place to visit.
Written June 24, 2014
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
It does what it says on the tin, ie there are alot of tortoises getting down to business, and making quite the noise about it too! Unfortunately, there is not much else at the sanctuary and I found the lack of information boards a disappointment. You will learn much more about these creatures in other tortoise centres in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal.
However, it is still worth heading to this area.
Purely for the beautiful boardwalk trails through the nearby wetland.
I took the path from outside the sanctuary and followed it for a leisurely walk back into town - you come out at the far end of the main street.
Saw some great birds and would definitely recommend doing this walk even if you skip going into the tortoise place. You can walk part of the pathway from town and then turn back and not actually go to the tortoises (you will hear them though!)
Written June 20, 2023
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champkis
Dublin, Ireland1,694 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Went here as part of a day trip to Isabella island from Santa Cruz. It's a nice place, lots of turtles of different ages and they're repopulating them. We had been to the El Chato reserve on Santa Cruz already which was a better experience though as the turtles are roaming around the whole area and it feels more real if that makes sense. I know it's different but I preferred El Chato for that reason. That said, this was an interesting stop to see especially the little turtles and to get some information.
Written March 12, 2015
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pachi073
Santiago, Chile44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
The breeding center makes the story of the Galapagos tortoises very clear. And it is an amazing story, from the extinction and near extinction of different species to the gallant efforts of this and other centers to ensure the survival of these magnificent reptiles. Their success is seen in the number of tortoises of different species at different stages of their development,from adults to babies. The information boards are very helpful as you walk through the center. The rescue of 18 adult tortoises from the Cero Azul Volcano when it erupted in 1998 makes an impact. As does the fact that there were over 200 babies hatched from these adults only two years after they were evacuated. What a success story. I loved watching the tortoises at feeding time as I had no idea they could move so quickly. There is also a nice path back to the town through wetlands. I highly recommend visiting this center.
Written March 16, 2014
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Mary K
Grand Junction, CO491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is an easy walk from the edge of town and is close to the flamingo lakes. If you are going to the Wall of Tears, the center is on the way. You can see the different types of giant tortoises which are found on Isabela's volcanoes. They are in enclosures and easy to see. It's not large - an hour is less is sufficient time. There is a larger facility on Santa Cruz, but this place is more laid-back.
Written December 21, 2019
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G W
CLT116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
This was tucked away just a bit. It was interesting to see the turtles of different ages. Glad to know there is a place trying to ensure they prosper. It wasn't big, and didn't take very long to see. Gift shop said they only took cash, so be prepared. Also, ask you hotel about a tour. We walked, and it was a long ways. We saw tours though.
Written August 17, 2017
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WeylandFamily
Toronto, Canada250 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
It is worth a visit to the breeding center. Not only is the walk scenic (and you see flamingos and other interesting waterfowl), but the breeding center is a unique opportunity to see tortoises at every stage of development/growth. There were recent hatchlings all the way to very old adults, many close so you can have a good look. We saw a mating pair, which was cool, and there was a short exhibit explaining the tortoises and more about the threats on Isabela that have put these tortoises in danger and continue to limit their population from growing. Although limited, the information was helpful and more interesting than in the Darwin Research Facility, in my view.
Written July 2, 2017
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