Santa Cruz Highland Tour

Walk with Galapagos giant tortoises, see big craters and lava tunnels.

Fun Fact: The fastest tortoise can roam at 800 meters per day. . . On tour, you will learn more about the biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands.

The Twins: These two large pit craters along the road from Puerto Ayora to Baltra were caused by the collapse of empty magma chambers. We can stop along the side of the road and visit both craters, walking around their rims.

A circular trail to the larger crater passes through the beautiful Scalesia forest, which is an excellent place to observe terrestrial birds, including Vermilion Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, the Galapagos Dove, and several finch species.

Giant Galapagos Tortoises: a walk less than 1 mile with big tortoises in their natural habitat.

Lava Tunnel: 0. 5 mile walk inside the tunnel as a kind of Indiana Jones movie. Formed by the solidified molten lava flow, the lava tunnels on Santa Cruz Island are abound. In some point we must cross on our knees as wild cats in one of those tunnels, we can avoid that one, but if you want to try it is fun!

- Pick up at your hotel or at the Itabaca Channel cruise peer/dock.

Visit to the Twins (Pit Craters):

- Private transportation to the Santa Cruz Twins - around 35 min.

- Arriving to the point of interest, walk and explanation about the two big natural rock craters - around 30 min.

Giant Tortoises:

- Arriving to one of the Private Farms and start to walk the path to find Giant Tortoises, explanation about the seasonal behaviour and keep exploring for 45 to 60 minutes.

Lava Tunnels:

- Just a few minutes from the Silverstone race track for tortoises, full of fun walk inside the Lava Tunnel for about 30 minutes.

- Back to the hotel.

* This tour can be customised upon request; it's possible to have lunch if the activity starts in the morning or time for a coffee break, etc.

Walk with Galapagos giant tortoises, see big craters and lava tunnels.


Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port (Itabaca Channel cruise peer/dock.), Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 4 hours

If you want, we can add an easy 22 kilometers bike riding downhill from the highlands to the town, using a safe bike path (For and additional cost per person).


Mid size Pick up truck private transportation with air conditioner.

*If your group is more than 3, we need to hire a Van for up to 6 persons at a higher cost. Please, contact me for a quote and a customised tour.


Guiding Services, Private Transportation, Admission Tickets

Other: Most of the activities have action in private farms like the Rancho Primicias or The Chato Farm, which requires entrance fee for each person.

Optional: Short and fast visit to the Highland View and try the "Columpio Mágico" for an additional cost per person.


Personal Expenses, Souvenirs, Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: It's a great idea to have the last ride back to Puerto Ayora Town using bikes at a proper track just for bikes.

The entire ride is almost going downhill for up to 18 Km and we need to push a bit going up hill less than 4 o 5 tiny hills without too much effort. Please, contact me to discuss the option.

What´s Extra:

Tour to Daphne & Bahía Borrero

Daphne and Borrero Bay Tour
Tour Includes: Transfers from hotel, wetsuits, mask and snorkel, fins, guide, qualified personnel, towels, snack and hot drink, lunch on board, demonstration fishing in navigation.

Tour does not include: Alcoholic beverages, tips, extrasec

Pick up from the Hotel.
Departure and general instructions on safety, navigation, ship facilities.
Navigation to Bahía Borrero and demonstration fishing along the way.
Disembarkation and recreation time in Bahía Borrero.
Embarkation, lunch on board the ship and navigation towards Daphne Mayor.
Bird watching and snorkeling in Daphne Mayor.
Refreshment on board to start the navigation towards Piedra Ahogada.
Snorkeling in Piedra Ahogada.
Navigation to the Itabaca channel.
Transfer to Puerto Ayora and end of the tour.

What to take with yourself? (recommended):
• Water shoes.
Hat, cap and Sunglases (polarized)
Confortable Clothes, long sleeves tshirt, rash guard and Bottle of Water.

The Daphne Islands (Daphne Major and Minor) are two small volcanic islands in the Galapagos Islands archipelago. Although easily accessible to most visitors to the Galapagos Islands, the National Park Service keeps visits to the islands very restricted and it is used primarily for scientific research. Biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant carried out an intensive study of Darwin's finches over a period of 20 years. They examined the behavior and life cycles of the finches, and the results strongly supported Darwin's theory of evolution.

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Highland Tour



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Limited spaces available.
Special Prices for Private Charters.

Prices varies according with the number of participants in your group, up to 50% discount for each additional participant.