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- Nice chilled walk around the enclosureThis a a good way to spend an hour or so. The enclosure is good, there is a path around (not wheel chair or much chair safe) the animals are everywhere and dont really move out of your way. The nursery its cool to see all the little ones too. Plus its FREEVisited July 2023Written August 3, 2023
- Cool Place to VisitDefinitely worth a visit while on San Cristobal! The trail through the facility was very nice and pretty. It was cool to see and learn a little about the young tortoises. We went to the breeding centers on Isabela and Santa Cruz as well. This was the only one that was free and did not require a guide. While having a guide in the other places was nice to learn a little more information, we appreciated being able to walk through at our own pace. They do feedings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and I would definitely recommend going during one of those times. It was very cool to see all of the tortoises gathered together to get to the greens.Visited October 2023Traveled as a coupleWritten October 29, 2023
- FascinatingThis is a must do. It's a nice quiet, little tortoise hatchery about a 30 min taxi ride from PBM. Taxi will cost about $25 and park entry is free. Lots of tortoises roaming around. Very worthwhile and interesting.Visited November 2023Traveled as a coupleWritten November 28, 2023
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Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a must do. It's a nice quiet, little tortoise hatchery about a 30 min taxi ride from PBM. Taxi will cost about $25 and park entry is free. Lots of tortoises roaming around. Very worthwhile and interesting.
Written November 28, 2023
It has always been a dream of mine to go and visit the Islands. I did both San Christobal and Santa Cruz. Both on hikes and not from the sea. Start early to see more animal life. Boat between the islands is 30$ one way. Love the colony of Sea Lions in the middle of the city in San Christobal. Prices for dinner starts at 10$ and up. Local lunch at the rigth places 5$. Prices are higher on SC than on the more local Santa Cruz. Both are well worth a visit. You can comfortable do both islands on land in a week without rush.
Written February 2, 2020
Jan 2022 • Family
This was our first giant tortoise interaction. We were blown away by them walking in front of us, their size, their long necks. We walked the path qnd enjoyed watching them eat, sit in their lagoon or walk around over rocks and wood. It was such a pleasure seeing the breeding center. Definitely a bucket list item.
Written January 1, 2022
This a a good way to spend an hour or so. The enclosure is good, there is a path around (not wheel chair or much chair safe) the animals are everywhere and dont really move out of your way. The nursery its cool to see all the little ones too. Plus its FREE
Written August 3, 2023
Wow! I saw giant tortoises on three different islands, and this is by far the best place I experienced. Although they have the breeding center and some tortoises behind barricades, most of them are roaming the property and will cross your path on their own terms. They have a large number of them, and the hike it short but lovely. This place is worth the journey outside of town.
Written July 20, 2022
Yes, you will see the San Cristobal tortoises and, yes, they are fascinating. The setting is a very large enclosure with thick natural vegetation and well-marked paths. There is also a breeding center where you can see baby and adolescent tortoises. But the overall feeling we got was of a zoo or wild animal park rather than a wild natural park. We would rather have seen fewer (or even no) tortoises in a truly natural environment. But we understand the tourism imperatives and this is a site where you are guaranteed to see tortoises up close. We visited with our 2 and 4 year old grandchildren and they had a great time.
Written November 17, 2019
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a turtle breeding station with all stages of turtles to observe. A wonderful way to see different sizes and watch turtle behavior. You need to hire a taxi to get there.
Written December 18, 2018
Aug 2017 • Family
We did this excursion on the last leg of our trip back to the airport in San Christobal, with Go Galapagos (Klein tours). This was one of the highlights of our trip! The sheer size of tortoises is impressive and the park is nicely maintained and our Naturalist was full of information and gave us so much of insight. There is a breeding station which has great information and you see several baby tortoises. The park is well kept. A great experience!
Written September 27, 2017
We almost skipped this place, as we thought it would be like a zoo. But it turned out to be one of our favorite places on San Cristobal. The cab ride to get here was $15, but there was no admission fee. When we arrived, our family was escorted on a tour by a highly-educated, knowledgeable man named Luis, who helped us understand so much about these beautiful tortoises and the efforts to protect them. He took us through the well-designed and informative interpretive center, then walked us along the trails to observe the many tortoises and answer all of our questions. It didn't feel anything like a zoo, because the tortoises were not in any kind of cage. There was a wooden fence we were asked to stay behind, but the tortoises were able to move all over the grounds. We were allowed to spend as much time as we wanted just watching them eat and interact with each other. It was a fascinating experience and we highly recommend you visit this place to learn about and support the efforts they are making to preserve these incredibly cool animals.
Written August 31, 2017
I so loved seeing the giant tortoises, especially the pens where they keep the babies and the adolescences.
Adorable. I'm so happy they are helping these species survive.
Adorable. I'm so happy they are helping these species survive.
Written September 4, 2019
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When does the bus from the main port town on San cristobal leave to the highlands in the morning? Does it go as far as the Galapagos? I heard 7am? And where do you catch it and how much does it cost? Anyone know? Thanks
I spent 3 days on San Cristobal and never saw or heard of a bus. It's all taxis. What you want to do is hail a taxi in town and for $30-40 the taxi will take you anywhere you want to go for 3-4 hours. That's enough to do the tortoise station, el Junco, and Playa Chino...pretty much all there is to see in the highlands. Back in town, don't miss the interpretive station/frigate bird hill/snorkeling in the lagoon there. Good luck!
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