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El Garrapatero

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NE of Puerto Ayora 19 km, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hired a taxi driver for a half day to take us to El Chato reserve and then to this beach and wait for us which cost $60 total. The road to the beach is windy so if you get motion sick take some medication...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ketchuprequired
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a nice and quiet beach, but we got bored quite fast :-). We rented a kayak at 20USD but also on the water, there was not so much to see.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank gunterv2016
Reviewed February 16, 2019

I was surprised by surrounding as the road goes through the desert, but at the end there was a nice beach, where you can swim, snorkel, rent a sea kayak or just watch pelicans hunting fishes. There is also a pond where you can usually...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JaroslavNecas
Reviewed February 15, 2019

Not much shade to be found. Hot, at least in summer. Not an easy find, although people do ride bikes there. But as one young lady found out, getting there was only half the battle. She pleaded with our paid tour guide to give her...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bradrich
Reviewed February 14, 2019

You need a taxi, 20 dollars to go and 20 to come back, to reach the path to El garrapatero. A short walk to arrive in a beautiful and savage beach with iguanas, birds, and a resident sea lion. Amazing ancient mangroves all around, with...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Elisabetta B
Reviewed January 27, 2019

El Garrapatero is a beautiful beach which we visited on our second full day on Santa Cruz Island. There was no need to arrange a formal tour (at considerable additional cost) as our taxi driver was happy to take us to the Reserva El Chato...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TimWandMelG
Reviewed January 25, 2019

My family loved this beach. Yes, you have to pay for a taxi to hang out and wait while you enjoy it, but for $40 we had transportation guaranteed to and from the beach. The walk is much shorter than Tortuga Bay, and the beach...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sarahtoes
Reviewed January 21, 2019

White sand beach, much less crowded than Playa Mansa. Shorter walk as well. Only negative were big biting flies.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GomezFamilyMatriarch
Reviewed January 8, 2019

Nice beach, with some manglar to cover from the sun, white sands, you can find sea lions, iguanas, and sometimes flamingos, although we did not get the chance to see them. 40 $ return from puerto ayora. Easy access

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank fexba
Reviewed December 26, 2018

Garrapatero is a lovely beach and requires much less walking time (about 5-10 minutes or so) than Tortuga Bay (about an hour), though the drive is longer. It's also very beautiful and has a lot of wildlife - a sea lion swam 5 feet away...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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I regret I only speak English so I cannot anwser your question.
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You have to submit an application with at least 2 days prior to your camping date. Seems the charge is $10 per person. I found a contact online, try to e-mail for more information: Luis Fernando Caisaguano... More
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