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El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve - Santa Cruz

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El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve is located on Santa Cruz Island and it is home to hundreds of this iconic Galapagos species. A giant tortoise can grow up to a length of 5 ft and a weight of 550 pounds. El Chato Reserve offers them a perfect habitat of 12 hectares where they are free to meander. You can also spot Galapagos birds here, like Darwin finches, yellow warblers, vermilion flycatchers and short-eared owls. An interesting thing to explore here are the underground lava tubes, that give an insight to the way the island was created.

Difficulty: Easy

Disembarkation: Dry Landing

Interactions: Hiking

Highlights at El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve

  • Birdwatching
  • Giant Tortoises


Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Barn Owl, Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Galapagos Lava Lizard, Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Rail, Galapagos Red Bat, Galapagos Short-eared Owl, Vermilion Flycatcher

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Bird Photography Tour: Ecuador Andean Choco & East Slope

Scheduled Group Departure 2023

Max group: 6 photographers!

Price: $3,600 USD

per person sharing double room
* Single supplement: $720


Tour details:

Length: 12 Days
Start / End city: Quito
Pace: Easy
Physical difficulty: Easy
Focus: Bird photography
Max group size: 6 photographers