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Cerro Mesa & El Trapiche Half Day Tour

Cerro Mesa Viewpoint Galapagos AlterNATIVE

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:

El Trapiche Galapagos El trapiche sugar cane press el trapiche sugar cane juice

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

el trapiche cafetero Cerro Mesa Crater cerro mesa Galapagos Tortoise
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

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