A protected Galapagos National Park reserve where giant tortoises are observable in the wild.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • The highlands of Santa Cruz are wetter than the lowlands. Even if it's sunny in Puerto Ayora, it may be raining at El Chato, so bring a rain jacket.
  • Meeting up with these giants is an amazing treat, and because they're so slow-moving—in fact, often standing still—they're a photo-op dream. Take pictures of each other with the tortoises, or ask a passing tourist to take one of both of you.
  • There's a small cafe here.
The island of Santa Cruz has the most to offer land-based visitors in terms of hotels, restaurants, shops—and Galapagos tortoises. Although tourists can go almost nowhere on their own—that is, without an authorized guide—El Chato

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Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

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