Los Gemelos or twin craters are located in the beautiful Scalesia forest. Although called craters,they are actually sinkholes that were created as a result of surface material collapsing.
El Chato Reserve
Apart from the lodge's very own tortoise reserve, one of the best ways to see Giant Tortoises is to v isit a private estate located in the highlands. These ancient reptiles roam around free in their natural habitat searching for water and vegetation.
As the outer skin of volcanic molten lava solidified, the liquid magma inside continued flowing,leaving behind a series of impressive empty tubes. Visitors can wa lk more than a kilometre through these underground channels.
Tortuga Bay Beach
This spectacular beach famous for surfing and bodyboarding is situated at the end of a 30-minute paved trail through a dry forest from Puerto Ayora . After an impressive walk,guests will emerge into this gorgeous scenery of white sand and a beautiful blue ocean. Here guests will encounter pelicans,large marine iguanas, herons,ver million flycatchers,frigates and occasionally blue-footed boobies.
A gorgeous sandy beach surrounded by mangroves is located on the northern side of Santa Cruz and approx. 25 minutes away from the hotel. A fresh water lake behind the beach is home to flamingos,stilts and other shore birds.The beautiful turquoise water is a great for swimming and snorkelling. Guests can also use one of the lodge's mountain bikes to ride to Garrapatero.
Charles Darwin Research Station
"This renowned scientific station is the best place to observe the different development stages of the giant tortoise. While enjoying a close encounter with these impressive creatures, which can live for over a century,listen to the fascinating story of their lives, in particular of the world-fa mous Lonesome George, who died in 2012.
Puerto Ayora is the economic centre of the Galapagos lslands with many restaurants,bars, souvenir shops as wellas internet coffee shops. A busy harbour located along the shores of Academy Bay. Guests can also visit the small fish market, where fishermen unload their daily catch while sea lions and pelicans try to stealthe fish or wa it for scraps.