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“Tortoises in their natural habitat”
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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NY, NY
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“Tortoises in their natural habitat”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We visited the Reserve with the naturalist on the Floriana yacht prior to our cruise. There was a storm that caused one of the trees to fall onto the road but our group all helped out and cleared the tree.

We saw several male and female tortoises, a short-eared owl (rare sighting as they normally come out at dusk and at night), fruit trees, caterpillars and visited one of the lava tunnels (bring a flashlight - very dark and slippery). You definitely need a guide because signage is very scarce. At the end of the lava tunnel, there is a building that houses restrooms, a small restaurant and a parking lot.

Visited May 2014
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Jacksonville, FL
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“Best place in our week in the Galapagos for viewing tortoises”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Our only other sighting of giant tortoises was of two young ones (maybe 20 yrs old) on Isabella island so we were thrilled to see several at this location. There were 4 or 5 in and around a muddy pond bed, one pair was breeding. They ranged in age from apx. 30 yrs to over 100 yrs. and there was plenty of opportunity for photos. We were also able to go into a lava tube which was fascinating. They also had local coffee for sale and fantastic bananas for snacking.

Visited April 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“A great place to see tortoises ...”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Definitely worth the trip to go see these giant reptiles in the wild. We saw quite a few and it was interesting to learn more about their habitat.

Visited March 2014
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Long Beach, California
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“Taxi ride to tortoises then airport”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

On the way to airport got Taxi to stop and see tortoises. For $3 each we got boots and guide of the place to see tortoises. Note that the tortoises were on the road to the reserve. Good time had by all.

Visited May 2014
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

This trip was cool. We hired a local taxi driver to take the three of us. It cost us $40. He took us to the craters on the way that have formed from lava tunnels collapsing. Then he took us to the ranch and we got to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. We got right alongside a massive tortoise who posed for a picture with us. We saw 6 wallowing in a mud pitthat we could get next to as well. The trick is to approach slowly and get down low. This reduces them getting spooked and drawing their heads back in. We were followed by a rowdy group who were complaining that they posed for us and hide from them. What did they expect, they were stomping up to them making a racket.

There is also a cool lava tunnel to explore. There is also coffee and drinks available. The highlands are beautiful, lush and green as well.

All up it was about a 3 hour tour.

Visited April 2014
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