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3 places you can’t miss during your visit to Santa Cruz Island!

25Jan

Santa Cruz is the most populated island of the archipelago. For this reason it has the largest number of Galapagos hotels, restaurants and shops. It also serves as a starting point for the most important tours in the Galapagos Islands. To get to this island, you must take a flight from Quito or Guayaquil to the airport on Baltra Island. At the exit of the airport you must take a bus that will take you to the Itabaca channel, then a ferry that will take you through the channel that connects both islands.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers transfer and assistance from the airport to the hotel. Our guests have the option to request this service and be accompanied during this journey.

Once on Santa Cruz Island, these are the places you can’t miss:

Charles Darwin Research Station:

It was created in 1964 and is operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. It has a natural history interpretation center and executes educational tasks supporting the service of the Galapagos National Park. It is famous for the captive breeding of giant tortoises, called Galapagos. This station is also the center of operations of foreign scientists who come to the islands to deal with special research programs.

Here you can learn about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the expeditions he made and the species he studied to develop his theory.

Definitely you cannot leave the Galapagos Islands without knowing the importance of this place for the scientific community worldwide, and the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the conservation of species. For this reason, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge includes a guided tour of Charles Darwin Station in all its Unforgettable Galapagos, Island Hopping and diving programs.

Tortuga Bay:

The beach receives this name, because it is a nesting site for turtles in the Galapagos Islands. In this place, tourists can enjoy the white sand and there is a probability of observing species such as: marine iguanas, seagulls, crabs, among others. Even with luck you can get to see blue-footed boobies. Tortuga Bay occupies the tenth place in the top of the best beaches in the world by Trip Advisor.

Casa Natura Galapagos lodge offers excursions to Tortuga Bay in the company of a naturalist guide. If you prefer, you can also explore this paradisiacal beach on your own and we will take you there and return you to the hotel after an unforgettable day.

El Garrapatero:

El Garrapatero beach is a paradise away from the stress and noise of the city. It is the best option in Santa Cruz to disconnect from everyday life and relax in contact with nature. Behind the beach there is a lagoon where you can find flamingos, black-necked ducks, Galapagos finches and migratory birds. If you are an adventure lover, you will love knowing that you can reach the beach by bicycle and practice kayaking and snorkeling there.

Our hotel is very close to this beach! Do not forget to include this destination in your visit to Santa Cruz Island and we will gladly take you to meet this place.

If you liked these places and wish to include them in your next adventure to Santa Cruz Island, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the best option for you! If you are looking for Galapagos hotels or Galapagos tours, you can write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask about any of our programs or one day excursions to the most beautiful places in the islands. For us, it is a pleasure to be part of your experience!

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