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El Garrapatero Beach

Garrapatero Beach - Galapagos AlterNATIVE

The beach is accessed by a short walk along an improved trail through diverse flora such as Poison Apple trees and Mangroves. A small lagoon near the beach is often frequented by Flamingos and the white sand beach is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. You can choose to add kayaking in the protected bay to this private guided tour or make it a taxi supported self-guided mountain bike tour if you're so inclined. One of our itinerary specialists will be happy to organize this half-day excursion to suit your needs.

Tour Highlights and Inclusions:

English Name: Garrapatero Beach         Spanish Name: Playa El Garrapatero

Location & Geography: Garrapatero Beach is located in a protected cove on the south-eastern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The white sand beach is surrounded by Mangrove trees and accentuated by black volcanic rock formations.

Marine Life: Reef and Pelagic Fish, Sea Turtles, Rays, Sally Light-foot crabs and more.

Terrestrial Wildlife: Marine Iguanas, Flamingos, Frigate Birds, Pelicans, Blue-Footed Boobies and other bird life.


Private Tour - Easy - Short walk on an improved paved trail. Swimming/snorkeling from shore.

Kayaking - Moderate to Difficult (due to heat and exposure) - openwater kayaking in the protected bay from shore.

Mountain Biking - Moderate to Difficult - Mostly downhill biking on paved and gravel backroads with traffic. Enjoy a scenic bike ride from the highlands (Bellavista or El Camote) down to Garrapatero Beach. Your taxi driver will ensure that you arrive safely to the beach and will bring you back to town after your visit to the beach. (biking distance 7+ miles one way depending on starting point)

You will need: water, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, closed shoes, swimming and snorkel gear

Garraptero Beach Sign-Galapagos AlterNATIVE Garrapatero Beach Flamingo - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Galapagos AlterNATIVE Tortuga Bay Galapagos AlterNATIVE - marine iguana
Start time: open 6am - 5pm Duration: Half-Day Origin: Santa Cruz Embarcation Point: Puerto Ayora
Group Size: private Vessel Type: taxi/bike/kayak Activity level: Easy+ Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles round trip

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