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Best of Santa Cruz Guide

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Santa Cruz
How often do you get the chance to walk through a tunnel of lava? Created by the flowing and cooling process of liquid magma, the underground lava tubes of Santa Cruz are simply breathtaking. The most popular is the Tunnel of Love, so named for the heart-shaped hole in the ceiling. Cool down with a splash in the fresh waters of Puerto Ayora, snorkel at Tortuga Bay or the mangrove-lined Garrapatero Beach and get friendly with the giant natives at the El Chato Tortoise Reserve.

All things to do » Things to do

Nearby recommended attractions:

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay(Puerto Ayora)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Reserva El Chato
Reserva El Chato(Puerto Ayora)
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
Las Grietas
Las Grietas(Puerto Ayora)
Attraction type: Geologic Formations
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Santa Cruz Fish Market
Santa Cruz Fish Market(Puerto Ayora)
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
El Garrapatero
El Garrapatero(Puerto Ayora)
Attraction type: Parks; Beaches
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Galapagos Deli
Galapagos Deli
Ranked #1 of 43 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Price: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Pizza, Cafe, Diner
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
La Garrapata
La Garrapata
Ranked #2 of 43 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Price: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Ecuadorean, South American, Gluten Free
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
IslaGrill
IslaGrill
Ranked #3 of 43 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Price: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Pizza, Seafood, Barbecue, Argentinean, South American
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Il Giardino
Il Giardino
Ranked #4 of 43 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Price:
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Ecuadorean, Seafood, International, Gluten Free
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Rock
The Rock
Ranked #5 of 43 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Price: $5 - $14
Cuisines: Seafood, Fusion, Gastropub
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Galapagos Best Hostel
Galapagos Best Hostel
$40 - $63
Ranked #3 of 53 Puerto Ayora B&B and Inns
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Morning Glory Lodge
Morning Glory Lodge
$44 - $56
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La K-leta de Dona Yoly  Guest House
La K-leta de Dona Yoly Guest House
$53 - $119
Ranked #4 of 53 Puerto Ayora B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

La Fortaleza de Haro
2.5 of 5
La Fortaleza de Haro
$95 - $146
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Hotel  La Casa de Judy
2.5 of 5 Hotel La Casa de Judy
$111 - $185
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Lava House Hostal
Lava House Hostal
$79 - $160
Ranked #5 of 53 Puerto Ayora B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Pikaia Lodge
5.0 of 5 Pikaia Lodge
$2,023 - $2,914
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Cucuve Suites
4.0 of 5
Cucuve Suites
$186 - $246
Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
4.0 of 5
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
$324 - $912
Ranked #12 of 23 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.