Galapagos Information - Columbus TravelSanta Cruz Island

El Chato

El Chato is a reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you have the amazing opportunity to observe the magnificent giant tortoise in the wild. This area is vegetated with transition zone vegetation and is located in the humid zone of the highlands of Santa Cruz. The walk to the reserve is one of the best places to observe ground birds, tree and ground finches, the vermillion flycatcher, cattle egrets and occasionally Galápagos rails.


Highlights: Giant tortoises
Animals: Giant tortoises, short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galápagos rails, paint-billed crakes
Difficulty: Easy
Landing: Dry

*Note that the listed activites may differ depending of the time of the day of your visit, cruise itinerary and National Park regulations.

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