Las Tintoreras
Las Tintoreras
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic7,237 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Very short compulsory guided tour just a stone throw from the dock priced from 40 USD with too option step on the rock and walk 1 hour and rest snorkeling or kayaking tour which is purely kayak and snorkel for 3 hours. Unfortunately I did not like the tour too much, my prime was to see penguins, unfortunately we did it see any. Also water was murky due to the high tide. Still we could spot turtles, eagle ray, shark and some tropical fishes. On the rock you can see laze some iguanas, crabs and birds flying above you such as blue footed boobies or frigates.
Written March 22, 2020
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oretro
oretro15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Took the Tintorreras 230PM tour on 8/16/21 procured through Rosedelco. Pablo was our guide.

Here's what was weak:

We pulled up close to see penguins and a few boobies, then we pulled away. It seemed more like a quick photo opp than a chance to actually see these birds do anything.

Next we went on a VERY slow "hike" (it was a saunter, really) to look at iguanas and tintorreras in some shallow water. There was another boat out on this island as well, and it seemed as though we were trying to avoid overlapping. We wound up overlapping, which wasn't a huge deal, it just really seemed like an unnatural experience to again, maximize photos.

We lastly went snorkeling. We saw one manta ray and numerous turtles, nothing extraordinary. By the end, it just seemed as though Pablo was trying to keep us in the water for a certain period of time. This was to the detriment of all the people who had seemed to book the tour through the Wooden House - they did NOT have wetsuits, unlike us and the guide. One woman was shaking from cold, and another guy had blue lips.

I'd do this tour again with 1) a different guide 2) a tour that involved multiple stops.
Written August 20, 2021
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-MyLifeOfTravel-
Steamboat Springs, CO79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Short boat ride over to an island. A stroll around to see wildlife. It was nice taking a walk and we were the only tour there at the time. Nice bay to see turtles, sea lions and a few sharks. Then folks changed on the deck of the small boat for the snorkel. The water was freezing, even with a shortie wet suit!! A few people stayed on the boat. Those who swam were shivering when out, but saw over 100 sharks in a narrow lava path/tube at the very end of the swim. It's really about that short section of the tour - seeing the shark. The rest was just ok.
Written November 29, 2021
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Richard S
Saint-Lazare, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
this place is fantastic to see all kinds of wildlife. We took a day trip out there and it was a definite highlight of our trip. Our guide was very eager to show us everything. Sea turtles, sharks, seahorses, blue footed boobies, octopus and giant manta rays on the way out and back. Don't hesitate, book this trip now!
Written March 21, 2022
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Stacy M
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
LOVED this quick and easy kayak trip. It was just 4 people (2 kayaks) and felt like we had the whole area all to ourselves. Saw so much wildlife and the snorkeling was wonderful, in crystal clear water. HIGHLY recommend this!! Oh, and DEFINITELY recommend the kayaking option over the walking tour. There's just not much to see (and you'll have seen it all before anyway) so the kayaks are the WAY TO GO!
Written February 5, 2021
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Steve S
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Went with the Pahoehoe tour agency who were excellent. Saw a ton of blue footed boobies, iguanas, sea lions and a group of white top sharks in a cavern. Easy trip - close to main harbor and reasonably priced.
Written April 7, 2023
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JosieH8
Horsham, UK258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We went on a tour as part of a larger G adventures tour. Luckily we got to the spot early and were the first boat. We saw rays, a penguin, reef sharks, white tipped sharks, turtles, fish and a seahorse. There was also a walk around the tunnels which was impressive. The water visibility was not amazing but good enough to see all the wildlife. Overall a great day out, I would recommend.
Written June 5, 2023
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champkis
Dublin, Ireland1,691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Las Tintoreras as part of a day trip to Isabella island from Santa Cruz. The day trip was good but if you're limited on time&trying to choose which day trips to do I would recommend maybe San Cristobal instead & Bartolome. I would recommend instead to spend maybe 2 nights at least on Isabella island instead of going on a day trip (if you have time) as the best things to see on Isabella can't be seen on the day trips from Santa Cruz... For example Los Tunnels is meant to be amazing and one of the best places to snorkel (sea horses!) but you can't get here on the Day trips from Santa Cruz as it just takes too long.
Unfortunately we didn't have the time to spend extra nights on Isabella which was why we decided on this day trip&we also found it difficult to get decent information on which day trips to choose/ which were best. It cost $110 for this one and we booked with Los Viagres de Darwin travel agency which was one street back off the front street on the water near the harbour in Puerto Ayora.

It took quite a while to get to Isabella from Santa Cruz- just over 2 hours I'd say. I'm not good with boats so I think we hit it lucky with the sea as I didn't feel sick although there was quite the swell in the waves. Firstly we had to pay $5 entrance to the island (they love the sneaky charges in the Galapagos!). Next we saw sea lions and marine iguanas just right off the pier all around the place. It's a beautiful little bay with the most beautifully clear water and a nice little beach too. The sea lions were everywhere! Next we got in a bus and went to the turtle reserve centre where we saw lots of giant turtles, baby ones, slightly older ones etc. Then we got in the bus and went to see flamingos. Then we went to a place where lunch was provided- I had chicken and rice. It was fine, nothing to write home about but I ate it. Fish soup was also provided and water. Afterwards we got some fruit in a bowl. Next it was back to the boat where we slowly made our way only a short distance to Los Tintereros. We saw blue footed boobies on the rocks, lots of penguins on the rocks too (15 maybe), some penguins swimming near the little beach, sea lions, a huge manta ray in the water. We got out of the boat and walked around a very barren, extremely harsh landscape. It was interesting to see and there were lots of marine iguanas nesting here. We saw some reef sharks in the water here too. It was so hot so as usual with the Galapagos you'll need plenty of sunscreen and water. Then next was the snorkelling which I was really disappointed with. We didn't see anything really... Barely any fish even... Maybe 5 or 6 I'd say. The water was so rough too and tidal. We were just being brought in and out with the tide/ waves and there was nothing you could do about it. The water was quite deep too and it was difficult to see anything. This was the worst snorkelling we did by far. Other reviews seem to say it was ok which I'm surprised by as it was really not good at all. I don't know if our guide maybe brought us to a particularly bad spot or what but it was disappointing. We saw so much more at the port area, we would have been better off just swimming off the little beach there I thought. Anyways after the snorkelling it was back to the boat and then transfer to the bigger boat to head back to Santa Cruz again.

Would I recommend a day trip to Isabella from Santa Cruz? No. Do Bartolome (beautiful views,great snorkelling turtle,penguins&loads of fish), San Cristobal (didn't go but apparently excellent) or North Seymour (again didn't go but heard good reports). I think Isabella is a fantastic island but much of what we saw could be seen on Santa Cruz anyways so really you'd be better off with a few nights on Isabella to see the more interesting parts and if you don't have the few nights to spend then don't bother with the day trip as one of the other ones would be a better option.
Written March 12, 2015
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PSchicke
Livermore, CA344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
Las Tintoreras is a visitor site on Isabela Island, just 10 minutes away from the main town of Puerto Villamil. A zodiac was needed to access this site and tours were offered daily from town. Access was easy and people can land during high or low tide.

The islet Las Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters, where we saw plenty of sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water, that is somewhat shallow and when the tide is low, the entrance of water closes. In this crevice, you can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions!

Most of the trail at Las Tintorears is AA lava, except for a white sand beach and a black stone beach. At the first beach we saw colonies of sea lions & was told that its also a nesting site for marine iguanas, during the nesting season.

On the first beach you can see some Nolana galapageia plants, a rare endemic plant in the area. What's more, Nolana is not common in Ecuador, since this species is typical of the coastal zone and belongs to a genus whose distribution is restricted to Chile and Peru.

The second beach is entirely surrounded by mangroves, button mangrove (Conocarpus erecta) and white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa).

Throughout the trail we saw many marine iguanas in the rocks or under the mangroves. Las Tintoreras is one of the few places where the iguanas breed successfully because of the absence of non-native animals that could kill their youth.

I recommend to be careful with the following:

Various parts of Las Tintoreras are ideal for nesting of marine iguanas, so during the nesting season be very careful with the nests and their eggs.

Reef sharks have nocturnal feeding habits; certain animals during the day remain inside the crevice and marine ponds to rest. For this reason you are not allowed to swim in this place. Another reason is that disrupting the colonies of sea lions could alter their natural behavior.
Written May 14, 2014
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Simon W
Grenoble, France135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
Exhausted and suffering a devilish case of pinkeye following a week attending ScatCon 2016, I knew a day trip with my partner to Tintoreras would be the perfect tonic.

I hadn't set foot on a boat since my discharge from Her Majesty's Royal Navy at Port Stanley. As such, it was reassuring to sail with such an excellent crew, and - as good fortune would have it - several buxom tarts for me to stare at for the duration of the voyage.

I had not seen seas this choppy since the sinking of the Bellgrano and the violent bucking and rolling of the boat was enough to stir my member. Indeed soon enough I found myself in possession of a raging speedhorn.

On arrival at Isabella we were greeted by a menagerie of wretchedly lazy creatures - sealions and iguanas just lounging about on benches or simply in the middle of the road - the locals not much better!

Later we went snorkeling with sea turtles at Tintoreras, a delightful experience were it not for an unfortunate altercation with - quel surprise - a belligerent Argentine.

As I swam to gain a closer inspection of the wonderous, bikini-clad rump of a young wench, he attempted to cut me up in the water whilst waving one of those blasted "selfie sticks" that this pathetic generation seem to take everywhere.

Enraged by his typical Latin rudeness, I tapped him on the shoulder and loudly informed him that the Falkland Islands were ours and that the 200 mile exclusion zone around the islands extended to my personal space.

As this ellicited nothing but a blank stare and some jibberish in his native tongue, I tried a different tactic, pointing to my medals (which I insist on having on my person at all times and had pinned to my wetsuit).

"I was at Goose Green young man, you don't frighten me".

The blank expression on his face said it all and he was soon raising the white flag, swimming off in a huff. The shocked looks of the other passengers no doubt equally appalled at his lack of the most rudimentary manners as I.

That afternoon we had lunch as part of the tour - verilly a cornocopia of delights! Chicken as succulent as babe's flesh (and just as tasty) and huge mounds of white rice to conceal my dandruff, which was particularly chronic following the snorkling. All of this followed by a selection of ices, pies and truffles.

Indeed the food was so good it almost rivalled that of my favourite restaurant - Sir Lancelot's in Budapest, though the meats were less rancid.

The harem of waitresses - a sullen, but saucy  bunch, attended my every need - although my request for a 'cream pie' accompanied by several winks and nudges was met with blank stares. No matter. "More wine!", I bellowed as the juices ran down my beard.

Following lunch, and with a tear in the old nipponese, it was time to return to Santa Cruz and say goodbye to all the new friends I'd made. I would highly recommend a trip to Tintoreras.
Written September 4, 2016
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