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“Worth the time and money”
Review of Reserva El Chato

Reserva El Chato
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8-Day Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure Tour Visiting Three Islands
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San Jose, California
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133 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Worth the time and money”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Open spaces with plenty of giant tortoises to see in their natural state: okay National Geographic status and a warning to those with young children - we actually saw a pair mating. I mean up close and personal. Which tells me the tortoises like it here. There is a walk through the grass on dirt tracks so if it is rainy take a poncho and good walking shoes. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and not just because of the mating pair! Also, the local coffee they sold was the cheapest we found anywhere in the Galapagos.

Visited January 2014
Thank Angela C
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Giant Tortoises in natural habitat”
Reviewed 26 January 2014

What a great place to see the large tortoises in their natural habitat. We got pretty close to them without touching them- be aware of THE POISONOUS MANZANILLO TREE (has little fruits that look like tiny apples) IT IS TOXIC!!!!! The ranch provides rubber boots, which we all wore and were delighted to trot around without worrying about getting our shoes dirty. The ranch also provides a really dark, strong brew of coffee and organic mini bananas. My 6 year old ate 6 of them!. Awesome opportunity for my girls to appreciate nature, and take care of our planet.

Visited January 2014
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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572 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Big Tortoises”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We went here because we were told it has the largest tortoises in the islands. It is in a jungle area so wear boots--we didn't! It is interesting and there is also a lava tube to explore which is still hot and humid inside.

Visited December 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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201 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2013

This place is a great alternative to the big turtle ranges around. It is privately owned,there are almost no tourists so you can take a lot of nice picture without anybody disturbing you or rushing you. They provide tea and coffee. There is also a laval tunnel on the property, worth visiting! Highly recommended.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Archimedesrules
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Giant tortoises and luncheon”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

This place is a great stop over to see and learn about the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz. Best is, if you drop in when you arrive at Baltra or on your way out. The detour is not much but a great opportunity to see these animals in a big open reserve space. $3 entrance fee. The Restuarant here serves good fresh food, the service is somewhat slow though and closes by 3:30 PM.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Rashmi B
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