El Chato Tortoise Reserve
Giant tortoise at El Chato, Santa Cruz

El Chato Tortoise Reserve

The El Chato reserve is divided into two areas: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

Highlights: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails
Possible Activities: Walking, bird watching
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy / medium
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