Rancho Primicias

Rancho Primicias, Santa Cruz: Address, Rancho Primicias Reviews: 4.5/5

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Kevin K
Dublin, Ireland47 contributions
Loved this place, arrived in a taxi and used the services of one of the resident guides who was engaging, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour.

Getting there is a little tricky as it is a good 3kms/2 miles from the public bus at Santa Rosa ot a taxi from Bellavista return cost us $40 including the 45 minutes waiting time.

Definitely a worth half a day.
Written April 28, 2022
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Polly E
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Couples
We visited here while staying in Puerto Ayora. It was an easy taxi ride and since we were early (it opens at 9) our driver dropped us at the lava tunnel first. That is well worth visiting but be aware that there is one really low area to duck under so might be difficult if you find it hard to get down really low. The ranch was easy to navigate and was dry when we visited so no need for boots. Our guide was welcoming and had lots of information to share. There were lots of large male and smaller females roaming and it was easy to approach slowly for some great shots. Followed our visit with a trip to the Charles Darwin centre but feel that we learned more from our guide at Rancho Promicias. The whole trip took around 3 hours including the lava tunnel and taxi ride.
Written May 26, 2022
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Zuzana
Europe298 contributions
Couples
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$/person and it includes the entry to really huge lava tunnel which is not in the park, but taxi drivers usually knows exactly where to take you. As I said before, we visited both ranches and both are really nice and next to each other. I totally recommend to visit both. Do not forget to keep the correct distance from tortoises (min. 2min). Taxi cost is about 50$.
Written January 30, 2020
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mich31
Lindale, UK124 contributions
Couples
Came here as part of the trip we were on.
The guide was really knowledgeable and really enjoyed the walk around through the lava caves and seeing so many tortoises. It was quite wet but they provide you with boots to wear.
They have small gift shop and cafe and clean toilets.
Written June 21, 2022
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Kyle_P1
Boston, MA357 contributions
Wonderful chance to see these rare and unique Giant tortoises while free to roam. You wear the rubber boots which are provided to walk around the property where there are hundreds of giant tortoises of all ages and sizes doing numerous activities like eating, walking, sleeping, and sunning. There is a small gift shop and there is a restaurant and bar. We did not eat or drink there so we cannot rate that area.
Also walked through the lava tubes area which was interesting.
Written November 22, 2021
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jonathanhe19
Guayaquil, Ecuador60 contributions
Couples
You have to get here by taxi, but take it easy, in Puerto Ayora there are a lot of them. You can pay a round trip taxi or a one way to Santa Rosa, if u stay in santa Rosa town u will pay 10 dollars, after this u must walk straight then turn left on a sideway. Walk an average of 10 minutes and then u get to the "y" division, where u choose to walk to "El Chato" or to "Rancho Primicias" I Chose Primicias, here i watched a lot of giant turtoises, and at the return to the town way i entered the lava tunnels. Here is an important tip. if u go to El Chato u got a Lava CAve, if u go to primicias u get a LAVE TUNNEL, i preferred the idea of crossing trough a tunnel so i chose Primicias.
Written March 13, 2017
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lazydays77
Chicago, IL413 contributions
Solo
You do not need to do a tour for this, just get a taxi. The taxi from PA will cost $40 round trip (they wait), and its $5 to get into the reserve.

TAKE SOCKS! You have to put on these knee high rubber boots and I was in sandals. My feet sweat so every step sounded like my feet were farting and the tortoises hear you coming.

There are monster tortoises everywhere...eating, shading, chilling in water, and its kind of fun to watch them go across the field.

Same rules apply, 2 meters but just be chill, let them be, and they act like you're not there. It is so cool.

After, do the lava tunnel (its nothing crazy but you're right there so why not).
Written February 5, 2019
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AshleeTC
Eugene, OR133 contributions
Couples
This is a private ranch where you can see the giant Galápagos Tortoises roaming freely throughout the ranch. The admission is $5 per person. We spent about 45 minutes walking around the ranch and enjoying watching the Tortoises walk around and swim several small ponds.

We hired a taxi from Puerto Aroya and he charged $40 for the round trip and waiting for us as we toured the ranch. It is about a 35-40 minute ride one way from Puerto Aroya.

After walking around the ranch our driver took us to the lava tunnel. You can go through the tunnel near Primicias for free. The lava tunnel is well lit. There are a few areas where the footing is difficult and there is one part of the tunnel where you have to slide on your belly over a wood plank to get through. See one of the pictures for an idea about this. It could be very uncomfortable for some people. Our driver dropped us off at one end of the tunnel and picked us up at the other end. It took about 20 minutes to go through the lava tunnel. I recommend bringing a flashlight and bottled water just in case there is an issue!
Written February 15, 2018
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difelidi
Panama City, Panama1,103 contributions
Family
When we looked over the ground, the grass and saw these giant heaps walking slowly around, we felt like being in Jurassic Park! these tortoises are huge! Some of them are up to 150 years old.
We took a cab from town up here. The driver was waiting for us while we explored the grounds. Then he drove us to the Lava tunnels, where he led us to the netrance, told us what to do, and then he waited for us on the other side, and brought us back to our hotel. 40$
Written February 21, 2018
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Robert P
Evans, CO377 contributions
Couples
Grab a cab. Offer $40 for a round trip tour--three hours. The tour will include a trip to los Gemelos as well as to the Ranch. On the ranch you will see what everyone hopes to see in the Galapagos--the Giant Tortoises! It is amazing to see such large animals so close. I recommend getting engaged there--trust me, she'll say yes. At least she did for me!
Written June 4, 2017
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