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Rancho Primicias

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A Santa Rosa area MUST SEE!

Our introduction to all the Islands wildlife started here at the ranch! Amazing to see dozens and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Neal L
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Tortoise Mania

Our guide, which we hired through our resort, was Duncan. He had encyclopedic knowledge about the... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Steven N
Columbus, Ohio
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“lava tunnels”(11 reviews)
El Chato Area, 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our introduction to all the Islands wildlife started here at the ranch! Amazing to see dozens and dozens (lucky day) of tortoises in a natural environment. You can also have lunch here too. Going to and from the north port to Puerto Ayora, you can...More

Thank Neal L
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Our guide, which we hired through our resort, was Duncan. He had encyclopedic knowledge about the tortoises and their behavior. He was also expert in the geology of the area so he expertly guided us through the lava tunnels and explained their formation. But you...More

Thank Steven N
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This is the prime place to experience Galapagos giant tortoises and they are majestic animals. You can take a tour around the Rancho and see a lot of them, from big to huge, while they slowly wander around eating. The Rancho is on the way...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 21 July 2018

This is an incredible area where many tortoises roam freely within the boundaries of the ranch. They have plenty of space to roam and there is a wide variety of sizes. These giant creatures are absolutely remarkable. We also had a very nice lunch here.

Thank BostonMarilyn
Reviewed 9 July 2018

The tortoises are amazing. This place is right next to a protected so the tortoises wander over the border to this ranch. The place had a restaurant and the food was quite good. You're able to walk around the main field and see the tortoises...More

Thank axwtravels
Reviewed 3 July 2018

We visited the Tortoise Ranch after landing by panga from the Santa Cruz II, and taking the 40 minute bus ride up the hill into the fog and coolness, which was welcome after four days in the islands. The giant tortoises were fascinating to see,...More

Thank RebelVirginia
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

We booked online our airport transfer from Puerto Ayora to Itabaca on book-ec.com, and added to this, a visit to this ranch. It was a great way to say good bye to the Galapagos. Walking nearby this huge ancient creatures you realize how short our...More

1  Thank Tina6621
Reviewed 8 June 2018

Spent about an hour just walking around this ranch. Our hired taxi recommended this place over the nearby El Chapo (another tortoise farm). Saw plenty of very big tortoises around the place. Had a good time!

1  Thank stephjac711
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Part of my Galapagos tour and def a fun outing! See their actual size, up close and personal! We saw two males exchange a shell crash and some grunts, took videos of them getting around (quite agile for their size), eating guavas that've fallen from...More

1  Thank StorkRN1
Reviewed 6 May 2018

A relaxing and joyous time. You must see these tortoises to enjoy all that Galapagos has to offer. We just hired a taxi from Puerta Ayora for $40 and had such a wonderful time.

1  Thank MaryO0626
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