Highlands Tour

Santa Cruz

1 day




5 years old


Tour details

This journey will take you through the stunning volcanic landscapes of the island, where you’ll have the chance to witness the unique biodiversity of the Galápagos and delve into the geological history of this region. From the mysterious craters of Los Gemelos to the encounter with the majestic giant tortoises at the El Chato Reserve, this tour will provide an unforgettable experience filled with natural wonders.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe


  • Lava Cactus Trees
  • Darwin’s Finches
  • Frigatebird
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoises
  • Stalactites
  • Bats
  • Lava Tunnels
  • Storm Petrels

Tour includes:


Not included:

Chato entrance: $10


Arrival and Meeting

Your exciting day begins with a pickup at your hotel at 8:00 a.m., where you’ll be greeted by our friendly driver, ready to take you to your first destination.

Exploration at Los Gemelos

Our first visit is the intriguing craters known as Los Gemelos. These two craters were formed during past volcanic eruptions and are home to the island’s endemic generation. Here, you’ll have the chance to observe lava cactus trees, the famous Darwin’s finches, the peculiar frigatebird, and the majestic storm petrels. After exploring Los Gemelos, we’ll continue our journey to the next destination.

Encounter with the Turtles at El Chato

Our next stop takes us to El Chato, a private reserve located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Here, you’ll marvel at the presence of numerous Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural environment. Accompanied by a Naturalist Guide, you’ll receive information about the rich flora and fauna of this area. After an enriching experience at El Chato, we’ll head towards our next destination.

Adventure in the Lava Tunnels

The Lava Tunnels are another fascinating attraction within the El Chato Reserve. These natural tunnels, created by past volcanic eruptions, extend for approximately 2000 meters and house impressive stalactites and the curious presence of bats. Exploring these tunnels is a unique experience that will take you to the depths of the geological history of the Galapagos Islands.


After a day full of discoveries and adventures, we will begin the return to the port, estimated around 12:00 p.m. This day will have been filled with amazing encounters with nature and an immersion in the wonderful history of the Galapagos.



Bring sunscreen, closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and personal items for your trip.


In light of the pandemic, we have implemented strict cleaning policies. Each piece of equipment is thoroughly disinfected between uses, the agency and the boat are cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer is available at all times.


Precio del tour

El Chato is a private reserve located in the upper part of Santa Cruz Island. In this site inhabit a number of specimens of giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat.



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