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Rancho Primicias

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Rancho Primicias

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Embark on a virtual trip to the Galapagos Islands, without leaving the comfort of your own home, on a guided tour that focuses on the island’s giant tortoises. While traveling all the way to the Galapagos is out of the question for many, by joining this tour (hosted on Zoom) you can discover the dynamic destination without any of the regularly associated costs.
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Oztotl wrote a review Mar 2020
Corvallis, Oregon196 contributions47 helpful votes
Giant tortoises seem to welcome you as you drive down the road to the finca. Some of the paths are a little overgrown, but that adds to the adventure of finding the tortoises in their natural habitat - because that is where they are - their home. On occasion we would come upon one close to the trail and stop. It would pull its head in, then slowly re-emerge and continue doing whatever. Sometimes that was heading towards us. Once it realized we weren't a threat - after all, humans are an unusual shape for a wild giant tortoise - it often just walked right towards us and we would have to keep adjusting our position off trail to get around it, maintaining our 2 meter distance. Just amazing! Plus birds nesting, some with babies... Wonderful location with a restaurant and gift store.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Zuzana wrote a review Jan 2020
Europe268 contributions36 helpful votes
As I have written already in previous review for El Chato 2, Rancho Primicias is a natural reserve where you can meet and walk amount giant tortoises. Mostly, it doesn’t have designed paths as El Chato 2, so you walk in the grass same as the tortoises. They offer you boots for free. The admission is 5$/person and it includes the entry to really huge lava tunnel which is not in the park, but taxi drivers usually knows exactly where to take you. As I said before, we visited both ranches and both are really nice and next to each other. I totally recommend to visit both. Do not forget to keep the correct distance from tortoises (min. 2min). Taxi cost is about 50$.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Trainee80 wrote a review Jan 2020
Quincy, Washington22 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want to see the gigantic (and smaller) land tortoises this is the place to go. They provide muck boots to wear and then you wander around the many acres and there are protected "free range" tortoises everywhere. No fences just wide open ground for the tortoises to come and go as they like. GREAT excursion.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jacob L wrote a review Oct 2019
Aarhus, Denmark111 contributions15 helpful votes
We rented bikes in the city and brought them on the bus to Santa Rosa, the price for the bus is 1$ (yes, one). We then biked around the highland which is really cool. On the way we visited both places. El Chato is much more organized. There are paths you must follow, and the good part about that is that you don't get lost and you easily get to see the whole area. When you get there you are met by staff, you can use rubber boots free off charge, and you can charge your electric bike if you're on such a thing, which we weren't. Rancho Primicias is more just an open area where you can go as you please. The good thing about that is, that you can just go anywhere. There is a restaurant and a souvenir shop, the shop takes credit cards, there restaurant weirdly, doesn't. The tortoises migrate from one to the other, so it's possible that at some times there's more in one than the other. When we were there there were plenty in both. Which one you prefer is a matter of taste. You come to see the big animals, and there's plenty in both locations.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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nevillcanada wrote a review Aug 2019
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This private farm is a great place to see many tortoises roaming freely through the area. $5 admission gets you rubber boots (highly recommended since there's a lot of mud and "poop") and a coffee or tea. The facility is spotlessly clean and the staff very friendly. An added bonus is walking through a long lava tunnel -- cool! When visiting Santa Cruz, it is a must to come to the highlands to see the tortoises up close and in person. The Charles Darwin research center in town is a let down (more like a little zoo with everything fenced off). So, the trip to El Chato highlands is strongly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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