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Reserva El Chato

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Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago

So fun to walk among the giant tortoises that live here pretty much in the wild. Piles of them in muddy ponds and scattered around the grassy areas. We also saw an owl and went through some caves that are on the property.

Thank ginsbergmeryl
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice setting, which provdes a refuge for many of the Giant Tortoises on Sata Cruz. Take your passport and they will stamp it for you with a Galapagos stamp.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see big turtles. It’s like a turtle ranch! Very set up to Se turtles in their native habitat. They just naturally migrate to this area and these people have set up a perfect venue.

Thank MerleAsper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought that the El Chato reserve was our best individual wildlife experience during our entire time in the Galapagos. The tortoises are extremely numerous and have a large space to roam free, certainly compared to facilities we saw elsewhere. The location is helpfully signposted...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible experience to view giant tortoises in their natural habitat - up close and personal. The lava tunnels were also very interesting and the restaurant was great. Highly recommend this spot.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The facility is very nice. It's amazing that it is free. If you take your time it is very educational.

Thank Mtnwalk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we visited, we were the only ones at the farm. We walked around with the tortises while they enjoyed eating the grass. Took many photos and learned a lot from our private guide. The facility is very nice and clean. My only piece of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Any visit to Galapagos would be incomplete without seeing the giant tortoises. You will see a great many here in their natural habitat.

Thank Potomac_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were tortoises everywhere and were not kept from going anywhere! Completely wild! Never seen such huge tortoises in my life. 5 bucks to see this place is well worth it.

Thank Anushk G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to see these gentle giants. In a pasture. Eating grass. Looking at visitors with lazy eyes.

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March 21, 2018|
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Response from Ankan2015 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about their openinghours! I suggest you Google this! They have open during daytime!!! It is a very nice place to stroll around and they also have a nice restaurant for lunch!!!
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August 5, 2017|
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Response from coasttraveller2015 | Reviewed this property |
We visited the farm in the afternoon on our way from the airport to our accommodation in town. We walked around the farm and photographed many tortoises eating and stretching their necks. There is a large cafe where we had... More
August 5, 2017|
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Response from rubster5 | Reviewed this property |
In all honesty, the site is pretty big and it's not like you would bump into people all the time. We were there late in the afternoon around 3pm and it wasn't THAT busy. Some of the tortoises were sleeping and some were... More