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  • Address: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

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Garrapatero Beach Tours

One of Santa Cruz’s most peaceful and tranquil settings, the 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) of sand that compose El Garrapatero Beach is a tropical paradise. It is about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) northeast of Puerto Ayora, and is well worth the trip. Surrounded by beautiful mangrove trees, the beach is home to an incredible array of birds, most notably, flamingos and mockingbirds. You can also find marine iguanas, shrimp, Galapagos penguins, oystercatchers, and patillos amongst the white sands and clear blue water. There’s also a freshwater lake nearby that is home to even more tropical animals, such as herons, grebes, and many of shore birds.

Enjoy the wonderful swimming and snorkeling opportunities, and take advantage of the lovely picnic area, complete with grills. If you find yourself wanting more of this beautiful beach, look into a campsite.

Practical Info

Sitting on the north side of Santa Cruz, El Garrapatero is most easily accessed from Puetro Ayora. After a 30-minute taxi ride from the city, a 15-minute walk (about 1 kilometer, or about 2/3 of a mile) will get you from the parking area to the beach.

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Day Trip to Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero from Puerto Ayora, Quito, null
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Day Trip to Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero from Puerto Ayora

Enjoy a picnic on the seashore in Playa Garrapatero.

Location: Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.00
6-Day Galapagos All Inclusive Island Hopping Tour, Galapagos Islands, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

6-Day Galapagos All Inclusive Island Hopping Tour

The first step in your itinerary will be the arrival at Baltra Island, where you will be welcome and transported to Puerto Ayora. Then, travel by speedboat ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,263.00
8 Day Galápagos & 5 Islands Land Tour, Galapagos Islands, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

8 Day Galápagos & 5 Islands Land Tour

This 8-day  program you will experience the highlights of the Galapagos Islands, you can choose from Standard to Luxury class hotels.  ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,999.00
9-Day Tour Including Hacienda La Danesa and Galapagos, Guayaquil, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

9-Day Tour Including Hacienda La Danesa and Galapagos

This exclusive offer is tailored for travelers interested in visiting the Galápagos Islands and the Ecuadorean tropical countryside. Great for travelers ...  Read more

Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $4,920.00
5-Day Cuyabeno Reserve Amazon Rainforest Trip, Amazon, Multi-day Tours
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5-Day Cuyabeno Reserve Amazon Rainforest Trip

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Ecuador designated the 603.380 square kilometres (2,329.7 sq mi) a protected wildlife zone since July 26th, 1979. This positive ...  Read more

Location: Nueva Loja, Ecuador
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $450.00
6 Day Galápagos Islands Land Tour, Quito, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

6 Day Galápagos Islands Land Tour

This 6-day  program you will experience the highlights of the Galapagos Islands, you can choose from Tourist to First class hotels.  Transportation, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,698.00
5 Days Galapagos All Inclusive Island Hopping Tour, Quito, Multi-day Tours
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5 Days Galapagos All Inclusive Island Hopping Tour

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You will be welcomed at your arrival at Baltra airport and transported to the harbor of Puerto Ayora. A speedboat will take you to Isabela Island, where you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,207.00
6-Day Darwin's Footprints Land-Based Tour of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, ... 
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6-Day Darwin's Footprints Land-Based Tour of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

Designed to get the most of the Galapagos in a deeper and more adventurous exploration of the Enchanted Islands, which have the very best Galápagos has to ...  Read more

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $2,259.00
6-Day Galapagos Tour: Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands, Galapagos Islands, Multi-day Tours
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6-Day Galapagos Tour: Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands

Combine 3 days minicruise around Santa Cruz main islets with snorkeling and hiking in Isabela island. Take a minicruise by Santa Fe, South Plazas, Bartholomew ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,450.00
8-Day Ecuador Multi-Sport Once in a Life, Quito, Multi-day Tours
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8-Day Ecuador Multi-Sport Once in a Life

Challenge yourself and join this magical adventure in the Ecuadorian mainland, where the largest biodiversity on earth and the richest geography are located ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,075.00

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