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Wildlife Reserve in Puerto Ayora

Charles Darwin Research Station

Just northeast of town is this iconic national park site, where more than 200 scientists and volunteers are involved with research and conservation efforts, the most well-known of which involves a captive breeding p…
Tunnel in Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

Lava Tunnels

These impressive underground tunnels southeast of the village of Santa Rosa are more than 1km in length and were formed when the outside skin of a molten-lava flow solidified. When the lava flow ceased, the molten l…
Wildlife Reserve in Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

El Chato Tortoise Reserve

South of Santa Rosa is El Chato Tortoise Reserve, where you can observe giant tortoises in the wild. When these virtually catatonic, prehistoric-looking beasts extend their accordionlike necks to feed, it’s an impre…
Wildlife Reserve in Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

Rancho Primicias

Next to El Chato is this private ranch, owned by the Devine family. There are dozens of giant tortoises, and you can wander around at will. The entrance is beyond Santa Rosa, off the main road – ask locals for direc…
Bistro in Puerto Ayora

Restaurant Ronald

Formerly a hole-in-the-wall, strictly almuerzo (set-lunch) place, Ronald’s has gone slightly upscale, at least in terms of décor. It’s still a mom-and-pop-run place but with nice tablecloths and a charming wood floo…
Barbecue in Puerto Ayora

Isla Grill

This buzzing grillhouse serves satisfying plates of grilled meat and seafood. Among the top picks: costillitas (pork ribs), mariscada (char-grilled shrimp, octopus and calamari) and churrasquito de mimi (a particula…
Deli in Puerto Ayora

Galápagos Deli

Tired of standard almuerzos (set lunches)? Head to this sleek and modern place for brick-oven pizza (small $5) and high-quality deli sandwiches, as well as fish and chips, espresso and delicious gelato. Because it’s…
Bar in Puerto Ayora

Bongo Bar

What nightlife there is in Puerto Ayora centers mainly on this bar, a trendy 2nd-floor spot replete with flat-screen TVs, music and a lubricated mix of hip locals, guides and tourists. Surprisingly, you'll also find…
Ecuadorian in Puerto Ayora

Rock

This lively restaurant on the main strip serves up seafood and grilled dishes, including peppery seared tuna, pork ribs with pineapple salsa, and linguini with coconut and lobster. For someting lighter (and cheaper)…
Italian in Puerto Ayora

La Dolce Italia

With its warm, nautically inspired decor and gregarious Sicilian owner, this upscale Italian bistro is popular with groups on break from boat buffets. A number of excellent pizzas and pastas are served and if you ju…