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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Address: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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8 Day Galápagos & 5 Islands Land Tour

Spend eight days exploring five islands of the Galapagos on this adventurous tour. Arranging all of the transportation and activities on your own for this ambitious tour could be difficult and time-consuming; this excursion takes care of everything for you. With a naturalist guide to provide commentary on the islands' flora and fauna, visit Isabela, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola, and an uninhabited island.
  • Duration: 8 days
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US$2 289,00
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  • Duration: 8 days
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6-Day Galapagos All Inclusive Island Hopping Tour

See the best of the Galapagos Islands during a 6-day island hopping adventure with a naturalist guide. Travel by speedboat and visit highlights such as Flamingo Lagoon and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Observe Galapagos penguins, giant tortoises, white-tip sharks, and many other species of marine life at close range. No detail is overlooked: your tour includes meals, accommodations, and transfers.
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$1 573,00
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  • Duration: 6 days
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Active Travellers Economic 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.
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$856,00
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  • Duration: 6 days
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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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$219,00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$2 259,00
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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 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.
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$1 450,00
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  • Duration: 6 days
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