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Santa Cruz Fish Market

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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All reviews sea lions and pelicans fresh fish lobster fun to watch catch of the day for sale hanging around daily catch great spectacle hanging out free entertainment filet local animals fish head the main street santa cruz scraps
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were in Santa Cruz and we could not help it, but see the fishermen bring in their daily catch. Simple, yet so fresh.

Thank 327maggie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A daily event, this is a great place to see the sealion and many pelicans along with a few frigates and a heron compete for the occasional piece of fish skin or guts. Go before noon, earlier is better, but they mostly fold up by...More

Thank Sunsequitur
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed watching a sea lion, a heron, and some pelicans hoping for a snack. There were also a lot of iguanas hanging out in the area.

Thank 135jbb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Much like the rest of the Galapagos, humans have to live in close proximity to different wildlife, which is no more apparent than the Fish Market. Sea lions, pelicans, gulls, herons, finches and marine iguanas surround the fishmongers, who have to fillet fish and swat...More

Thank Yarnietings
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth an early AM visit. Say 8 am. Take your camera as you will have very memorable moments to save. Having spent hours taking photos of Pelicans , Frigates, and Sea Lions throughout the islands, you have it all in close up here. Very...More

Thank jonathannicholls
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the market after 4 pm when fresh seafood was brought by fishermen, and pelicans, a sea lion, and different birds performed a show trying to catch pieces of fish.

Thank Eugenia B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is a sea lion (pictured) who appears here every day when the boats are unloading their fresh fish. The rumor was that this sea lion appeared here as a pup and was being fed by the fisherman, and the conservationists thought that was a...More

Thank ginsbergmeryl
Reviewed 13 September 2018

The fish market in the heart of Puerto Ayora provides a great spectacle of animals, birds, reptiles and local people interacting with each other. The market is active all day, so make sure you drop by as you pass through the town toward the harbour.

Reviewed 10 September 2018

Great spot to view fish cleaning and the very hungry sea lions, pelicans and other local birds. The women who work there were happy to explain the available fish and to share the scraps with the locals (sea lions, birds, etc.). Worth the stop.

Reviewed 29 August 2018

This fish market is tiny, but you don't go to see the fish. You go to see the non-paying customers: the sea lion, pelicans and frigate birds who hang around to help themselves to scraps and don't mind your company at all.

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Keiko T
21 October 2018|
Response from Sunsequitur | Reviewed this property |
Usually open every day. Go in the morning 8 AM. Often by lunch (12-1 PM) they are done for the day.
14 January 2018|
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Response from Alice W | Reviewed this property |
La Garrapata restaurant cooked it for us, but our tour guide made the arrangements. Could ask the restaurant, maybe.
Herb E
31 January 2017|
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Response from GetLostAndBefound | Reviewed this property |
Midday to late afternoon seemed to be when it was busiest, and when the sea lions came to play!