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Santa Cruz Highlands

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Information about Santa Cruz Highlands




Santa Cruz is the only island on the Galápagos that allows you to travel through every habitat type that exists in the archipelago. This makes the journey north from the coast up into the highlands a fantastic opportunity to experience the breadth of life that exists on these islands.

Your bus journey starts from Puerto Ayora on the coast and you slowly start to climb through the agricultural zone where open fields begin to give way to lush, green, mist-covered forests. This is a marked contrast to many of the islands which are at much lower elevation and much more arid. This rich verdant landscape is predominantly made up of dense Scalesia forest.

Your expert Galapatours guide will stop several times along the route to allow you to explore various different sites. Among the stops will be a Giant Tortoise reserve, and also a visit to the famous lava tubes. Over half a mile long, a walk through these natural volcanic features is eerie and unforgettable.

Also along the way you will stop for refreshments, and you'll be able to try locally-grown Galápagos coffee - we think it's among the best we've ever tasted!

Interesting facts about Santa Cruz Highlands

Walk through lava tubes

Travel through dense Scalesia forest

See giant tortoises

Pictures of Santa Cruz Highlands

El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve
Puerto Ayora - Magic Swing in the Highlands  - seaman journey - gal0176

Possible Activities in Santa Cruz Highlands



Highlights Close to Santa Cruz Highlands

Animals in Santa Cruz Highlands

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