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Volcano in The Galápagos Islands

Puerto Egas

Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galápagos - a long, flat, black lava shoreline where eroded shapes form lava pools, caves and inlets that house a great variety of wildlife. It's a great plac…
Wildlife Reserve in Puerto Villamil

Villamil Lagoon

Behind and to the west of the village is this lagoon, known for its marine iguanas and migrant birds, especially waders – more than 20 species have been reported here. A trail a little over 1km long begins just pas…
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…
Museum in The Galápagos Islands

Charles Darwin Research Institute

This research station contains a national park information center, an informative museum, a baby tortoise house with incubators where you can see hatchlings and young tortoises, and a walk-in adult tortoise enclosur…
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…
in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Miramar Restaurant

The only place in town with gastronomic ambitions, the Miramar does relatively virtuosic versions of Ecuadorian meat and seafood specialties (fish in coconut sauce $9) and better-than-average pasta dishes. The large…
Museum in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Interpretation Center

This modern and easily digestable center explains the history and significance of the Galápagos better than anywhere else in the country. Exhibits deal with the biology, geology and human history of the islands - it…
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…
Seafood in Puerto Villamil

Oasis

Esmeraldas native Geanny Bennett Valencia cooks up some of the best dishes in town. Mouth-watering encocados (coconut stews) are the favorite, served in versions like camarones (shrimp), langosta (lobster) or pescad…