Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz Highlands

A journey from Puerto Ayora into the mist-covered forests of the highlands reveals the island’s diversity of landscapes and vegetation. Lush scalesia forests, wild tortoises, and half-mile long lava tubes create an otherworldly atmosphere here. Several farms allow visitors to go in search of the tortoises, which can also be seen at the nearby Tortoise Reserve.

Possible Activities: Hiking – 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers)
Wildlife Highlights: Tortoises, short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, vermilion flycatchers, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails, paint-billed crakes
Landing: Dry/None
Difficulty: Moderate

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