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Top Attractions in Puerto Ayora

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  • Adomvatik
    Tel Aviv, Israel375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing place. after the reserve and the museum, this place completes the experience of watching the giant turtles. How they live in a free habitat. Simply amazing.
    Also, the Lava tunnels are extraordinary. Go with an expert and have the full explanation how they were formed.
    Don't miss it!
    Written June 6, 2024
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  • Robert M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The snorkeling in this spot brings otherwise unseen marine life. It’s a must-do while visiting the island. The water temperature was perfect for the hot weather.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Adomvatik
    Tel Aviv, Israel375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good place to understand on a nutshell the formation and the dynamics of the Galapagos, having the giant turtles as an example. Remarkable conservation of the turtle's population from eggs to maturity. We enjoy also the giant cactus trees some of them 60- 80 years old. It is amazing to watch how trees adapt to survive the animals eating them.
    Written June 6, 2024
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  • Chemtrailer
    Canada404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun free show of sea lions and pelicans trying to get free fish from the market. Hilarious to watch and it's in the town center. Good photo op.
    Written December 1, 2023
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  • Anne H
    Toronto, Canada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited this beach as part of a day tour we organized through our hotel the Royal Palms, to visit Los Gemelos (twin volcano craters), tortoise ranch and this beach. Gorgeous expanse of white sand, shared with only a few other families, super warm water and very shallow entry.

    We hired taxi driver for the day (waited at beach entrance for us), is about 10 min easy walk from entrance. Totally worth the drive esp if you plan to visit the highlands on Santa Cruz Island.
    Written August 26, 2023
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  • dan w
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    George and his family are incredible. We told him what we wanted to see and where we wanted to go, and he set up an incredible 8 day island hopping experience for us. With great accommodation and all good included. We saw every animal that we wanted to and the operation was seem less. What a friendly guy, you should definitely book through this company.
    Written June 2, 2024
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  • Jordan B
    Stuart, FL43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amongst the numerous souvenir shops selling T shirts and socks is this impressive fine art gallery. They have a great selection of art in a variety of mediums. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive which is so important while trying to browse and take it all in. Like I imagine most of the customers are, we were there on a short shopping break from our Galapagos cruise. We are not impulse buyers. The staff was happy to let us take pictures of what we liked and they have a great website so we were able to browse more and contact them when we got home. Martin and Paola were so helpful with multiple emails and we are now the happy owners of a pair of blue footed boobie sculptures by Jorge Espana. Definitely stop by when visiting the island!
    Written September 4, 2023
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  • duhoz
    Beroun, Czech Republic7,168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice sandy beach with clear water and beautiful views but lacks of shade. There are many birds to watch and also some see life such as turtles, sharks, rays but little bit far away from the beach. This is a small beach without many shade. Easy to get but you need to take a water taxi 0,80$ and then walk about 5 minutes, it is same direction as to Las Grietas which is further along,
    Written March 25, 2020
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  • Gwynneth Z
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous shop with wide variety of original Ecuadorean work from the most talented individuals and of the highest quality. We absolutely loved it!
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • shalini_rao
    Boston, MA39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most of the boardwalk is closed and doesn’t seem like there is any maintenance or upkeep of the place. We did see green turtles, plenty of fish and birds in the area though. Could be beautiful if repaired and maintained
    Written January 11, 2024
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  • slbrenn
    Manchester, UK22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful little shop with some unique and local products. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for something local made. Bought a lovely picture of the birds
    Written July 3, 2023
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  • Heather
    Las Vegas, NV1,149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Santa Cruz sign is near by, and there are a few benches where you can sit and watch the boats and the wildlife. There are also several shops and restaurants near by.
    Written October 3, 2022
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