Rancho Primicias

Rancho Primicias, Santa Cruz: Address, Rancho Primicias Reviews: 4.5/5

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Oztotl
Corvallis, OR193 contributions
So many Giant tortoises in the jungle
Mar. 2020
Giant tortoises seem to welcome you as you drive down the road to the finca. Some of the paths are a little overgrown, but that adds to the adventure of finding the tortoises in their natural habitat - because that is where they are - their home. On occasion we would come upon one close to the trail and stop. It would pull its head in, then slowly re-emerge and continue doing whatever. Sometimes that was heading towards us. Once it realized we weren't a threat - after all, humans are an unusual shape for a wild giant tortoise - it often just walked right towards us and we would have to keep adjusting our position off trail to get around it, maintaining our 2 meter distance. Just amazing!

Plus birds nesting, some with babies... Wonderful location with a restaurant and gift store.
Written March 10, 2020
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Zuzana
Europe281 contributions
Great place to see the giant tortoises in natural habitat
Nov. 2019 • Couples
As I have written already in previous review for El Chato 2, Rancho Primicias is a natural reserve where you can meet and walk amount giant tortoises. Mostly, it doesn’t have designed paths as El Chato 2, so you walk in the grass same as the tortoises. They offer you boots for free. The admission is 5$/person and it includes the entry to really huge lava tunnel which is not in the park, but taxi drivers usually knows exactly where to take you. As I said before, we visited both ranches and both are really nice and next to each other. I totally recommend to visit both. Do not forget to keep the correct distance from tortoises (min. 2min). Taxi cost is about 50$.
Written January 30, 2020
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Trainee80
Quincy, WA22 contributions
WOW!
Oct. 2019
If you want to see the gigantic (and smaller) land tortoises this is the place to go. They provide muck boots to wear and then you wander around the many acres and there are protected "free range" tortoises everywhere. No fences just wide open ground for the tortoises to come and go as they like. GREAT excursion.
Written January 16, 2020
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Jacob L
Aarhus, Denmark118 contributions
Comparison with El Chato
Oct. 2019 • Family
We rented bikes in the city and brought them on the bus to Santa Rosa, the price for the bus is 1$ (yes, one). We then biked around the highland which is really cool.
On the way we visited both places.
El Chato is much more organized. There are paths you must follow, and the good part about that is that you don't get lost and you easily get to see the whole area.
When you get there you are met by staff, you can use rubber boots free off charge, and you can charge your electric bike if you're on such a thing, which we weren't.
Rancho Primicias is more just an open area where you can go as you please. The good thing about that is, that you can just go anywhere.
There is a restaurant and a souvenir shop, the shop takes credit cards, there restaurant weirdly, doesn't.
The tortoises migrate from one to the other, so it's possible that at some times there's more in one than the other. When we were there there were plenty in both.
Which one you prefer is a matter of taste. You come to see the big animals, and there's plenty in both locations.
Written October 21, 2019
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nevillcanada
139 contributions
Tortoises everywhere!
Jul. 2019
This private farm is a great place to see many tortoises roaming freely through the area. $5 admission gets you rubber boots (highly recommended since there's a lot of mud and "poop") and a coffee or tea. The facility is spotlessly clean and the staff very friendly. An added bonus is walking through a long lava tunnel -- cool! When visiting Santa Cruz, it is a must to come to the highlands to see the tortoises up close and in person. The Charles Darwin research center in town is a let down (more like a little zoo with everything fenced off). So, the trip to El Chato highlands is strongly recommended.
Written August 9, 2019
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WhereintheWorldRwe
Brisbane, Australia116 contributions
Giant Galapagos Tortioses Galore
Jul. 2019
We spend a good hour walking around the acrerage admiring these magnificant creatures in their natural habitat. I'm not one for visiting animals in captivity so this was a nice experience. There is a nice restaurant with good coffee, snacks and meals.There is also a sourvenir shop. Entry is $5 per person. If you're on a budget, you don't need to take a tour, you can do this easily on your own. We caught the local bus to Santa Rosa for $1 then walked the 3kms to the location. It's an easy scenic walk on a dirt road. We then walked to the Lava Tunnels which is on the same road to the ranch.
Written July 4, 2019
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cdndave1951
Calgary, Canada79 contributions
Tortoises everywhere
Jun. 2019 • Couples
We went to see tortoises and see them we did. We walked around the pathway and saw at least two dozen, some were far away from the path but some were right on the path. The walk was easy and the rewards were many. They have a very nice place to eat as well.
Written June 15, 2019
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,377 contributions
Giant Tortoise Reserve and More
May 2019 • Friends
Primicias is a long drive from the airport. I don’t believe a public transportation (bus) is available to get here. But of course there is taxi.
It is privately owned and there are about 60 or o giant tortoises across the land freely roaming.
They also serve lunch here. Yeah, the first restaurant we were in that uses cloth napkins. The meal is rice, potatoes, chicken, fish (trout), veg and one of the best vegetable soup we had so far. They also have a small souvenir shop with magnets, shirts, Galapagos related art and coffee.
I am not sure if there is a fee to visit the pasture. I would imagine there is but our guide took us to visit after our lunch. Basic rules, stay two meters away from all the animals.
Our guide casually mentioned that her extended family owns the place. It is very relaxing and informational.
Written June 10, 2019
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Cramers
Elsenham, UK237 contributions
Great way to see Giant Tortoise and nice lunch
May 2019 • Friends
Lovely place to go and see and get close up to giant tortoise in a natural environment, there are so many. Also access to now defunct lava tubes that you can walk through which is quite an experience. We had lunch here which was absolutely fantastic and far better than we expected. Take sturdy shoes and socks, lots of ants about!
Written June 3, 2019
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RaviRavishanker
Higganum, CT124 contributions
FANTASTIC! Must See!
May 2019 • Couples
What a treat it was! On the way to Baltra Island to get back to Guayaquil, we took a chance to stop here. The lava tunnels were underwhelming, but the Tortoises in the "wild" was worth ALL the effort! It was a fabulous treat. You can get very close to them and many of them. You can also see their fresh poop :)
Written June 2, 2019
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