Cerro Mesa & El Trapiche Half Day Tour
Private guided tour
The El Trapiche and Cerro Mesa half-day tour is a great option if you want to experience more of the terrestrial aspects of the Galapagos. This tour allows you to learn more about the lifestyles of the human residents of the Galapagos. Travelling by taxi to a lesser visited area of the highlands, your first stop is at "el trapiche". Here you can see how this rustic, mule-driven sugar cane press operates. You will also learn about different cane alcohol distilling techniques as well as some traditional coffee roasting tricks. After the opportunity to sample some of these home-made products, you will ascend further up into the Santa Cruz highlands. Cerro Mesa is a restoration project started by a local family on land that is habitat to Galapagos Tortoises. The largest crater on Santa Cruz is located on the property as well as the 'cerro' which has an extraordinary viewpoint where you can see almost the entire island of Santa Cruz. This tour can be combined with a trip to Garapaterro Beach to make a full day excursion.
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Visit a local farming family that lives in a rustic wooden home.
- View "el trapiche" in action - a traditional mule-pulled sugar cane press.
- Learn about traditional coffee and alcohol production techniques.
- Support a highlands restoration project and find Tortoises roaming freely.
- Enjoy a 360 degree view from one of the highest points on Santa Cruz
Spanish Name: El Trapiche and Cerro Mesa
Location & Geography: Highlands of Santa Cruz. Cerro Mesa is a 1592ft/490m volcanic peak located in the Northeast center of Santa Cruz. It is habitat to various bird species and endemic plants.
Terrestrial Wildlife: Seven Species of Finch, Vermillion Flycatcher, Galapagos Tortoise.
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate: Light hiking on unpaved trails and some stairs.
You will need: water, hat, sunscreen, and walking shoes
|Start time: 9am or 3pm hotel||Duration: half day||Origin: Santa Cruz||Embarcation Point: Puerto Ayora|
|Group Size: private||Vessel Type: Taxi||Activity level: leisurely||Total Travel Time: ~3 hours|