Highlands Santa Cruz Tour

  • Duration: 3 hours (aprox.)

  • Track: El Chato, Lava Tunnels and Los Gemelos

  • Schedule: According to your plane arrival. We will pick you up from the airport, and leave you in Puerto Ayora at the end of it.

Highlands Santa Cruz Tour Track

The Tour covers the main attractions of the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. To take better advantage of the time, this tour is usually done 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. However, we can adapt to the schedules and preferences of tourists and organize the day or at the time that best suits them. These are the main points that are covered in the Upper Part tour of Santa Cruz Island.

El Chato Reserve

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

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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 by security approximately 250. However, this tour is totally worth it. The natural cavern is impressive on the inside and a little 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.


Payment methods

  • Paypal (10% extra charge)

  • Bank Transfer

  • Azimo  (free of charges. EU countries)

  • TransferWise  ($15 charge)

  • Credit Card (7% extra charge)

  • Cash in our offices



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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