El Chato, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - The Galapagos Islands

El Chato is a reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you have the amazing opportunity to observe the magnificent giant tortoise in the wild. This area is vegetated with transition zone vegetation and is located in the humid zone of the highlands of Santa Cruz. The walk to the reserve is one of the best places to observe ground birds, tree and ground finches, the vermillion flycatcher, cattle egrets and occasionally Galápagos rails...

The Galapagos Islands


About El Chato


  • Highlights & animals: Giant tortoises, Galapagos rails, short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches yellow warblers, paint-billed crakes
  • Activities: Walking, horseriding, bird watching
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Easy / medium