Little more than a thirty-minute stroll from town, Tortuga Bay
is the epitome of a picture-postcard perfect beach. Uncrowded,
talcum-powder sands are lapped by the clearest warm waters, dotted
here and there with dozing albatrosses. Splashing in the surf is
recommended but swimming requires care; Tortuga Bay's currents can
be challenging for the inexperienced and the beach is unmanned by
Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena
This breeding centre for Giant Tortoises is part of the
Galapagos National Park on Santa Cruz and is adjacent to the
Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, visitors can see these
magnificent creatures which are bred and raised in safety before
being released into the wild when they are ready.
El Mirador Lava Tube
Santa Cruz's volcanic heritage can be experienced at El Mirador
on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora where it is possible to walk
through a tunnel, approximately sixteen-feet high, that has been
naturally formed by molten lava.
A naturally-formed crevasse between two cliffs leads down to a
deep pool of cool, clear water that is perfect for swimming and
bathing. A hidden gem, Las Grietas is reached by boat from the pier
in Puerto Ayora, after which a stony lava field must be crossed
before steps descend to this stunning, secluded lagoon.