Location: Central Island
Facilities: Puerto Ayora has hotels (first class to economic), restaurants, bars, internet cafes, shops, dive centers, travel agencies and most services.
Visitor Sites: Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Station, Highlands and The Twins Craters.
CHARLES DARWIN STATION
It makes a great introduction to see how the programs of conservation are; here you will find the giant tortoises that give the name to the archipelago and also the famous Lonesome George, the last survivor of the Pinta Island. You will also see the Galapagos land iguanas.
Highlights: Giant tortoises, Lonesome George, Darwin Station exhibits, Opuntia Cactus, souvenirs shopping.
SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS
The green landscape of this area gives you a good contrast with the blue of the sea and the small islands that you can see in the horizon.
This area is dominated by Scalesia Trees, and Giant tortoises could be encountered almost anywhere on the trail inside or outside of the second biggest Giant Tortoise Reserve.
The road that connect with Puerto Ayora to Baltra passes between Los Gemelos (Twins) two large craters formed by the collapse of empty magma chamber
Highlights: Scalesia Trees, Giant tortoises, Galapagos and vermilion flycatchers, owls
CALETA TORTUGA NEGRA (Black Turtle Cove)
It stands out as one of Santa Cruz best costal sites, this is one of the best sites to see schools of spotted eagle and golden rays, red white and black mangroves, herons and pelicans are also there. The place is accessible only by panga. LANDING IS NOT ALLOWED.