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Puerto Ayora Things to See and Do

There are lots of things to see and do in Puerto Ayora. There are a handful of semi-regulated visitor sites in and around the town and it’s possible to visit them without a naturalist guide.

There are some good beaches in town and nearby. The most convenient is the Station beach, not far from the Charles Darwin Research Station, but the ones at Garrapatero and Tortuga Bay are much nicer.

In the highlands, there are giant tortoises to view as well as lava tubes to explore. Hikers may want to visit Cerro Crocker, the highest point on Santa Cruz. Los Gemelos is a pair of sinkholes which are popular with birdwatchers.

If these sites aren’t enough, it’s possible to arrange day tours to nearby islands like Santa Fe or Floreana.










By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
18 May 2011

 
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Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay is a pristine, gorgeous white sand beach located within walking distance from Puerto Ayora. It’s part of the park system, but...

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
The Charles Darwin Research Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station

Most tours visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. In 1959, the same year the National Park was established, the Charles Darwin Foundation—an...

Museum
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
La Playa de los Alemanes, Las Grietas

La Playa de los Alemanes, Las Grietas

La Playa de los Alemanes, another beautiful white-sand beach, and Las Grietas, a series of rock crevices filled with water, are...

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Academy Bay Boat Tour

Academy Bay Boat Tour

If you’re staying in Puerto Ayora for a while, a day tour of Academy Bay is a great way to spend the time. The city is located right on the bay,...

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Laguna Las Ninfas

Laguna Las Ninfas

Las Ninfas was a gorgeous, postcard-perfect place once, with emerald mangroves above a sapphire pool. Now…not so much. The mangroves are still...

Beach
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The Miguel Cifuentes Arias Community Center

Located a short walk from the main road and at the head of the trail that goes to Tortuga Bay, the Miguel Cifuentes Arias community center is a small...

Museum
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Garrapatero Beach

Located outside of Puerto Ayora, Garrapatero Beach is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It’s a gorgeous white sand beach perfect for...

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Lava Tunnels

Lava Tunnels are natural volcanic rock formations left behind when a stream of lava flows out of a volcano. The outer magma cools while the inner...

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Playa De Los Alemanes/german Beach

Playa De Los Alemanes/german Beach

The Playa de los Alemanes (German Beach) is an easy visit from Puerto Ayora and one of the better easily accessible beaches. Simply take a water taxi...

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Playa De Los Perros

The “Beach of the Dogs” is a quick, 10 minute boat ride from Puerto Ayora. It’s a pleasant enough white sand beach, with a nearby pool where...

Beach
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Cerro Crocker

Cerro CrockerCrocker Hill is the highest point on Santa Cruz Island, which isn’t saying much (860m). It’s fairly easy to hike, and you’ll...

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El Chato Reserve

Located in the green, hilly highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the EL Chato Reserve is one of the best places in the islands to see the giant...

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Playa De La EstaciĂłn / Station Beach

The Station beach is a small, rocky beach located off of the road that leads to the Charles Darwin Research Station. It’s the closest beach to...

Beach
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Laguna Las Ninfas

Las Ninfas was a gorgeous, postcard-perfect place once, with emerald mangroves above a sapphire pool. Now…not so much. The mangroves are still...

Beach
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Diving In Puerto Ayora

Puerto Ayora is by far the best of the three towns for divers. There are several dive shops to choose from, all of which go to the same sites....

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