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El Garrapatero Beach (Playa El Garrapatero) Tours

El Garrapatero Beach (Playa El Garrapatero)
One of Santa Cruz’s most peaceful and tranquil settings, the 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) of sand that compose El Garrapatero Beach (Playa El Garrapatero) 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.
Address: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience El Garrapatero Beach (Playa El Garrapatero)

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Day Trip to Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero from Puerto AyoraDay Trips

Day Trip to Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero from Puerto Ayora

Enjoy a day at beautiful Garrapatero Beach on this eco day trip from Puerto Ayora. Bike across a lovely stretch of Santa Cruz Island to the protected Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve, where you can enjoy a guided nature walk and fantastic island views from a lookout. At Garrapatero, relax with a waterfront picnic on the pristine white sand, venture into the crystalline waters on an optional kayak ride and soak up the serene, unspoiled landscape populated by birds like flamingos and mallards.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$219,00 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

6 Day Land-Base Trip Isabela and 2 IslandsMulti-day Tours

6 Day Land-Base Trip Isabela and 2 Islands

With so much to see in the Galapagos, it can be hard to know where to begin. This guided tour removes the guesswork and takes you to the best the islands have to offer. Over the course of six days, visit top attractions on Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Baltra—all accommodation in your chosen class is included, plus all transportation and activities as per itinerary. This tour also includes most meals so you have one less thing to plan for.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1 638,47 
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures

6-Day Galapagos Tour: Santa Cruz and Isabela IslandsMulti-day Tours

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 and North Seymour then stay 2 days in Isabela choose to snorkel in: Cape Rose, Turtle island and 4 hermanos. Also hike to Sierra Negra and Chico Volcanoes.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days

5-Day Trip in Santa Cruz Galápagos Land-based/Low budget Nature and Wildlife

5-Day Trip in Santa Cruz Galápagos Land-based/Low budget

The 5-day  program you will experience the highlights of the Galapagos Islands, you can choose from tourist  to luxury Class hotels.  Transportation, accommodation in double or single rooms, some meals included (Ecuadorian menu), and a bilingual naturalist guide, who will accompany you during the tours. If you are a single traveler it is possible to join the group tour and to stay in a private room upon a single charge. The highlights of this program are: in Santa Cruz   , El Chato, Twin Craters, Tortuga Bay, Cracks, Charles Darwin Station and  uninhabited island ( North Seymour or Pinzon or South Plazas or Floreana)
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures

6 Days Active Travellers Island HoppingNature and Wildlife

6 Days Active Travellers Island Hopping

Experience the best of three of the Galapagos Islands on a 6-day tour. Beginning with airport pickup, both land and water transportation are provided for the duration of the tour, saving you money and stress. Five nights of included accommodation is conveniently split between Santa Cruz and Isabela Island to maximize your limited vacation time. Start each day with a complimentary breakfast, then join your guide for animal sightings and adventure.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures

6-Day Darwin's Footprints Land-Based Tour of the Galapagos Islands in EcuadorMulti-day Tours

6-Day Darwin's Footprints Land-Based Tour of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

Hike, snorkel, kayak, and observe wildlife in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador without the cost or commitment of spending a week on a boat during this 6-day all-inclusive land-based tour. From your hotel on Santa Cruz Island, walk among giant tortoises, visit natural lava tubes, take boat trips to explore neighboring islands, and snorkel and kayak with sea lions, turtles, and more.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days

5-day Multisport Tour in Santa Cruz Galapagos Island Hopping Mountain Bike Tours

5-day Multisport Tour in Santa Cruz Galapagos Island Hopping

Experience this 5-day Multisport Tour including kayac, bikes, horses. Enjoy Santa Cruz Island in a different way
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1 537,44 
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

5 Day Galapagos BudgetNature and Wildlife

5 Day Galapagos Budget

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Make the most of your time in the Galapagos on a 5-day all-inclusive tour. Skip the crowded public buses in airport pickup.  This fully planned tour with organized accommodation takes you to Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, and Isabela Islands. Explore the islands’ wonders with your guide on hand.  With some meals and snacks included, you don’t have to fuss over finding restaurants every time you get a hunger pang.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1 270,77 
Price varies by group size
From  
US$1 270,77 
Price varies by group size
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures

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