"Tortuga Crossing" Ecological Reserve The Giant Tortuise is the symbol of the Galapagos Islands. This 12 hectar ranch was part of the much larger farm which was dedcated to livestock farming. The Arias Family who own the "El Chato" ranch have dedicated over 20 years to promoting tourism in this area of Santa Cruz. They have worked to turn the environment from farm land to a natural habitat that favors to Giant Tortoises.

Featured in:Nature Walk
4 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

What to Bring

It is recommended to wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, Also it is recommended to have a camera to take pictures and a bottle with water to drink (it will be provided by the driver). Please just drink bottled water.

What's included

Transfer, entrance tickets and assitance. Also includes the visit to the craters "Los Gemelos" and lava tube.


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.

Traveler Comments

We had a great time at the El Chato ranch. We explored the Los Gemelos pit craters on way to El Chato and also explored the small Lava Tube on their premises. Our guide was Paula and she was wonderful. The ranch was a great introduction to Galapagos giant turtles. The ranch also had a good restaurant on-site and the food was great.


Karla made it a fun learning experience, stopping first at the craters, then the lava tubes and ranch. The food at the ranch was delicious

- ELLEN R, JAN 2020

Their vegetarian lunch was delicious. It was really nice of them to make a cake for one of our group members whose birthday it was. We loved El Chato.

- SAMTA V, DEC 2019
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