AM Arrival to Baltra Airport + Highlands visit (Giant Tortoises + Lava Tunnels)
The Highlands of Santa Cruz offer a verdant contrast to the beaches and arid lowlands that can be found elsewhere on the island. Embark on a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable Naturalist Guides to discover the highlights of the ‘Parte Alta’.
Next, immerse yourself in the enchanting natural habitat of the celebrated Giant Galapagos Tortoise at the Moreno family farm, Las Primicias. Witness these magnificent creatures as they roam freely, and marvel at their grandeur up close.
Additionally, delve into the depths of a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel, an extraordinary geological wonder that showcases the unique features of our volcanic islands. This fascinating excursion will leave you in awe of the forces that shape our natural world.
As you make your way to Puerto Ayora, take the opportunity to venture along the captivating “backroads” of Santa Cruz, unveiling hidden treasures and experiencing the charm of the island beyond its well-known attractions.
PM Charles Darwin Foundation and Giant Turtle Breeding Center
A visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station is an opportunity to learn about Galapagos conservation in action. Today the principal attraction for visitors to the Charles Darwin Research Station are the baby tortoises that they raise in captivity. You can also see giant tortoises & land iguanas, as well as checking out interesting exhibits.
The main attraction at the Charles Darwin station is the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. Here the stars of the show are the giant tortoises, reared in captivity until they reach an age where they can be introduced into the wild. Adult tortoises from various subspecies roam in large corrals.
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