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Highlands Santa Cruz Tour

  • Duration: 3 hours (aprox.)

  • Track: El Chato, Lava Tunnels and Los Gemelos

  • Schedule: 2 shifts, morning anfd afternoon, from Puerto Ayora. We also offer this tour from the airport for $75. According to your plane arrival. We will pick you up from the airport, and leave you in Puerto Ayora at the end of it.

  • Certified bilingual National Park Guide

The Tour covers the main spotlights of the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island: El Chato Reserve, the Lava Tunnels and Los Gemelos.

We offer various schedules for this tour:

From Puerto Ayora the tour has 2 shifts, one in the morning and one in the  afternoon.

But the best option to do this tour, is from the airport right after your arrival. To take the most of your time, we can schedule Highlands Tour right after leaving the airport, since the places we are going to visit are halfway from the Itabaca Canal to Puerto Ayora, where the Santa Cruz Island activity is concentrated. It has an extra cost $75, but you save money of the transfer from Canal the Itabaca to your accomodation in Puerto Ayora.

By taking the Pick up airport and Highlands tour combined, you will be saving $15 per person, and will spend less time in transfers. We can adapt to the schedules and preferences of tourists and organize the day or at the time that best suits them.

If you take the Pick up airport option, we will be waiting for you outside the airport. From there, we will escort you in the bus to Canal the Itabaca and in the boat that cross the Itabaca channel. The bus from the airport to Itabaca Channel has a price of $1 and the boat to cross Itabaca Channel has a cost of $5. We cannot offer a better price for these services, so we do not include it in the price of the tour.

As a policy, Galapagos Low Cost just offer services that can offer better prices than if you look for the service yourself. The cost of the tour covers the authorasd National Park guide that will escort you during the tour, and the pick-up van that will get you through all the stops of the tour.

These are the main points that are covered in the Upper Part tour of Santa Cruz Island.

Highlands Santa Cruz Tour Track

The Tour covers the main spotlights of the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island: El Chato Reserve, the Lava Tunnels and Los Gemelos.

We offer various schedules for this tour:

From Puerto Ayora the tour has 2 shifts, one in the morning and one in the  afternoon.

But the best option to do this tour, is from the airport right after your arrival. To take the most of your time, we can schedule Highlands Tour right after leaving the airport, since the places we are going to visit are halfway from the Itabaca Canal to Puerto Ayora, where the Santa Cruz Island activity is concentrated. It has an extra cost $75, but you save money of the transfer from Canal the Itabaca to your accomodation in Puerto Ayora.

By taking the Pick up airport and Highlands tour combined, you will be saving $15 per person, and will spend less time in transfers. We can adapt to the schedules and preferences of tourists and organize the day or at the time that best suits them.

If you take the Pick up airport option, we will be waiting for you outside the airport. From there, we will escort you in the bus to Canal the Itabaca and in the boat that cross the Itabaca channel. The bus from the airport to Itabaca Channel has a price of $1 and the boat to cross Itabaca Channel has a cost of $5. We cannot offer a better price for these services, so we do not include it in the price of the tour.

As a policy, Galapagos Low Cost just offer services that can offer better prices than if you look for the service yourself. The cost of the tour covers the authorasd National Park guide that will escort you during the tour, and the pick-up van that will get you through all the stops of the tour.

These are the main points that are covered in the Upper Part tour of Santa Cruz Island.

El Chato Reserve and Rancho Primicias

El Chato is a private reserve on Santa Cruz Island where there is a large population of Galápagos giant tortoises in their natural and free state. Within the reserve, there are very green trails that can be traveled and on the way to find the giant tortoises. Inside the reserve you can also enjoy a delicious lunch of typical Ecuadorian food and take pictures with the shell of a giant tortoise.

The entrance fee to El Chato reserve and Rancho Primicias is $5. Galapagos Low Cost just offer services that we can offer better prices than if you get the services by yourself. As this entrance fee is set by the Galapagos National Park and we will charge you the same price, we do not include it in the cost of the tour. It will have to be paid at the entrance of El Chato reserve when we get there.

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Lava Tunnels

Santa Cruz lava tunnels are also part of the attraction of the Reserva el Chato. These tunnels are natural formations of past volcanic eruptions. It is an impressive path created by nature of approximately 2000 meters, but it can only be accessed until a height of 250 meters due to security measures.

Lava Tunnels visit is one of the reasons why Highlands tour is totally worth it. The natural cavern is impressive on the inside. It is humid, so it is recommended to wear sports shoes and walk with care since it can be a bit dark despite the lighting that has been placed.

Los Gemelos Santa Cruz

Los Gemelos in Santa Cruz are two craters that were formed when the islands were active and had a lot of volcanic activity that generated several eruptions. Los Gemelos are two large subsidence with very green areas. It is not allowed to eat in this area since the seeds can fall in the crater and germinate, as well as it is not recommended to get close to the edges of the crater.

The view from this point is impressive and you can admire the great dimension of these craters where at some point millions of years ago there was lava.

Here you can see endemic birds flying freely and observe the forest and vegetation as well.

After this tour we will take you to your hotel in Puerto Ayora so you can continue enjoying Santa Cruz Island.

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Payment methods

  • Credit Card (7% extra charge)

  • Azimo  (free of charges. EU countries)

  • Bank Transfer

  • Cash in our offices

  • Paypal (10% extra charge)

  • TransferWise  ($15 charge)

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Highlands Santa Cruz Tour Track

Do you have any questions?

Contact us! galapagoslowcost@gmail.com

Tour details & recommendations

  • It is recommended to take this tour just after leaving airport as it is on the road to Puerto Ayora. The upper part of the island is far from Puerto Ayora and  takes time to get there.
  • Important to wear sports shoes, sun cap, water and sunscreen.
  • It is not allowed to touch the turtles and you have to maintain the required distance. Do not alter your ecosystem!
  • Tour availability: all year, every day.

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