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El Chato Area, 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed December 6, 2018

The sanctuary is filled with giant turtles, it was so funny to see them walking around. They look very relaxed and used to tourists. That day there weren't too many other travelers which was good. Attentino here as feeding them is not allowed. For half...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nizlock
Reviewed November 16, 2018

We visited the range as a part of our Galapagos tour with Rebecca Adventure travels. Do they have tortoises? Well, you must be kidding - the tortoises are EVERYWHERE. Giant and smaller ones, sleeping, eating, taking a bath in the small lake, just enjoying their...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ivynz2016
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Our introduction to all the Islands wildlife started here at the ranch! Amazing to see dozens and dozens (lucky day) of tortoises in a natural environment. You can also have lunch here too. Going to and from the north port to Puerto Ayora, you can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Neal L
Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

Our guide, which we hired through our resort, was Duncan. He had encyclopedic knowledge about the tortoises and their behavior. He was also expert in the geology of the area so he expertly guided us through the lava tunnels and explained their formation. But you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steven N
Reviewed July 22, 2018

This is the prime place to experience Galapagos giant tortoises and they are majestic animals. You can take a tour around the Rancho and see a lot of them, from big to huge, while they slowly wander around eating. The Rancho is on the way...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank shatiel
Reviewed July 21, 2018

This is an incredible area where many tortoises roam freely within the boundaries of the ranch. They have plenty of space to roam and there is a wide variety of sizes. These giant creatures are absolutely remarkable. We also had a very nice lunch here.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BostonMarilyn
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The tortoises are amazing. This place is right next to a protected so the tortoises wander over the border to this ranch. The place had a restaurant and the food was quite good. You're able to walk around the main field and see the tortoises...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank axwtravels
Reviewed July 3, 2018

We visited the Tortoise Ranch after landing by panga from the Santa Cruz II, and taking the 40 minute bus ride up the hill into the fog and coolness, which was welcome after four days in the islands. The giant tortoises were fascinating to see,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

We booked online our airport transfer from Puerto Ayora to Itabaca on book-ec.com, and added to this, a visit to this ranch. It was a great way to say good bye to the Galapagos. Walking nearby this huge ancient creatures you realize how short our...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Tina6621
Reviewed June 8, 2018

Spent about an hour just walking around this ranch. Our hired taxi recommended this place over the nearby El Chapo (another tortoise farm). Saw plenty of very big tortoises around the place. Had a good time!

Date of experience: May 2018
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