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Santa Cruz

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World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
The second largest in the Galapagos archipelago, the island of Santa Cruz is actually a volcano dormant for more than a million years. Home to the Galapagos' largest city, the island is a great base for exploring the archipelago, while offering attractions of its own. A Santa Cruz vacation provides access to quality snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming, as well as exploring the rugged volcanic landscape. Hiking in the mountainous interior, you can discover a variety of wildlife, including numerous birds and giant tortoises, while the picturesque seaside is home to turtles, flamingos, pelicans, and whitetip sharks. Plan your holiday in Santa Cruz and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Ecuador trip itinerary planner.
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Places to visit in Santa Cruz

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Nature / Park
Charles Darwin Research Station Puerto Ayora
3.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve Puerto Ayora
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Geologic Formation
Las Grietas Puerto Ayora
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Beaches in Santa Cruz

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Beach
El Garrapatero Puerto Ayora
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa de los Alemanes Puerto Ayora
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa las Bachas
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa de los Perros Puerto Ayora
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Santa Cruz

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Water Body
Laguna las Ninfas Puerto Ayora
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cave
Lava Tunnel
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Island
Santa Cruz Island
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Water Body
Canal del Amor
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Santa Cruz

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Puerto Ayora
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Shark Diving
Shark Diving Puerto Ayora
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours Puerto Ayora
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Galapagos Deep
4.0
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Santa Cruz

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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours Puerto Ayora
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Pier / Boardwalk
Malecon de Puerto Ayora Puerto Ayora
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Ranch
Rancho Primicias
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Santa Cruz

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Beach
Playa de La Estacion Puerto Ayora
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min