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Tortoise at the swampy highlands of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Highlands

Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green, contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia trees, creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.

Highlights: Lava tunnels, wild tortoises, tortoise breeding center.
Activities: Hike (1.5 mi/ 2 ½ km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate (Long)