Linked to Baltra airport via a short ferry ride, the island of Santa Cruz is home to Puerto Ayora, the Galapagos’ largest town and bustling tourist haven that brims with bars, hotels and restaurants.
A short walk away, the Charles Darwin Research Station is a fascinating breeding and information centre for the islands’ giant tortoises and is an integral part of any cruise itinerary. In the steamy highlands, farms provide sanctuary to giant tortoises and reveal sunken volcanic chambers such as at Los Gemelos. Other visitor sites include Bachas Beach, a beautiful beach whose lagoons harbour flamingos, waders and herons, and Black Turtle Cove, a peaceful mangrove haven for turtles and rays.
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