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“Zoo type feel - very much like Darwin Station Puerto Ayora” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Highland Village, Texas
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“Zoo type feel - very much like Darwin Station Puerto Ayora”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

If you have been to Darwin Station in Puerto Ayora, then this attraction really does not provide much more interest. The main difference that I understood was a different type of large land tortoise, i.e., Cerro has saddle back and Darwin has dome but larger tortoises. I am sure to the purest there are more differences. Darwin had a few land iguanas and Cerro Colorado is more of a nature trail that provides some plaques about the certain trees. Both places have about the same amount of turtles and both bread tortoises for eventual release in the wild. These are not park guided tours or interactive, so if you do not have a guide, it could be very limited about what you learn.

From the main land you can fly to either San Christobal (Cerro) or Santa Cruz (Darwin) so if not part of your boat agenda it is worth the time for what ever island you come in on. If you fly into Santa Cruz, you should seriously consider a short drive away, about 20 minutes or $12 per hour for a taxi, the Reserva El Chato and for $3 USD per person see many many tortoises in a natural setting and get as close as two meters to them (there is no barrier you are just supposed to stay two meters away. On the way you should see turtles along the road that are just roaming in the wild The lava tunnels are close by and so are the craters. But in my opinion if you want to see the larger tortoises in a natural setting, El Chato is the place to go.

Visited September 2013
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“Giant Tortoises!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Everybody wants to see the famous giant tortoises when going to the Galapagos and this is where we went to see them! It was excellent! There are paths going through the reserve and you get to see tortoises in their natural habitat while learning the efforts being made to boost the tortoise population. You will get to see tortoises of all sizes as there are babies, "teenagers," and older ones that are very large! You really can't be disappointed when getting to see giant tortoises while at the Galapagos!

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

My girlfriend and I visited Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado during our stay on San Cristobal, we done the tour through the hostel we stayed at, Casa Mabel, the tour was not with an operator but with a taxi driver, we had no problem doing this, it was $25 per person, we had been quoted $35 per person elsewhere, this day out also included a visit to Laguna El Junco and Puerto Chino beach

Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado was definitely the highlight of the day, to see the giant tortoises so close is amazing, the tortoises are free to roam about within the centre grounds, when we visited the Charles Darwin Centre in Puerto Ayora my girlfriend and I thought the tortoises there didn’t have as much room as those in Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

There is a room at the centre that gives you information about the tortoises, I never realised there are different species of tortoise’s on the different Galapagos Islands, the tortoises in Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado all came from an area in the far north of San Cristobal, the centre grounds are well maintained, we saw one of the tortoise feeding the day we were there which was excellent to see

We were told its best to go in the morning, we were there between 9-10am, we had the place to ourselves

Well worth a visit, most tours that go to Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado include Puerto Chino beach and the Lagoon El Junco as well

Visited June 2013
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“Know when to go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

We lucked out not only with our taxi driver, who turned out to be very knowledgeable about the whole island, became our tour guide at the Galapaguera, but also with the timing of our visit to Galapaguera.

The rangers feed the turtles 3x a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8am. This means that the large turtles are congregated in the feeding area and you can just stand there watch them eat for as long as you like. Sometimes the males get into the power struggle where they need to show who is stronger and then quickly go back to the snacking on large leaves.
To get this close and be able to watch them is something very unique, you get the chance to look at the details of their shells, their long necks, hear a bit of hissing when they move.

We had this whole experience just for ourselves, not disturbed by anyone else.

The weekends are the worst as the whole families come here and there is nowhere to escape the noise.

Visited February 2013
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Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador
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“Amazing prehistoric animal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

I think that to see this giant turtles brings you to caveman time. This is one of the most prehistoric creatures I've ever seen, they are also very pacific and you an get close for pictures. My daughter loved this visit

Visited March 2013
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