Immerse yourself in the natural paradise of Santa Cruz Island on this unmissable tour: enjoy mountain biking through Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve and relaxing on the beautiful Garrapatero Beach.
Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero Bike & Beach Tour
Having been picked up from your hotel in Puerto Ayora, you'll head to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Surrounded by lush green trees, you'll climb onto your mountain bike and set off to discover the incredible biodiversity of the Galapagos.
Cruising along the mountain trails on two wheels, you'll delve deep into the Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve, marvelling at the vibrant plants and flowers and spotting the wildlife as you pedal. Its hilly location at over 1200 feet (390 metres) above sea level means you'll get to enjoy unparalleled views over the islands of the Galapagos archipelago.
After making the most of your mountain biking tour, you'll get back into the car for the journey to Playa de Garrapatero, a virgin beach where you'll find one of the island's largest stretches of sand. Having settled on the beautiful beach, you'll take a well-earned break to enjoy your delicious picnic lunch. Can you imagine anything better than grilled fish with a sea view?
Then, after lunch, you'll have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Garrapatero Beach at your leisure. Discover the various animals native to the region, take part in some water sports (not included), or simply sunbathe on the beach! Not far from the seafront, you'll be able to visit a lagoon where you're likely to see flamingos and ducks in their natural habitat.
Following a full day of nature in one of the most beautiful areas of the Galapagos Islands, you'll make the return journey to Puerto Ayora, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.
- The mountain biking route is suitable for most people regardless of physical fitness. However, if you'd prefer to do the entire route by car, just tell the guide on the day of the excursion.
- Throughout the year, there is usually light rain in this area of Cerro Mesa.
Hotel pick up
This tour includes a pick up and drop off service at around 7:45 am from the main hotels in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island: Flamingo, Red Booby, Mainao, Galapagos Suites, Fernandina, Villa Laguna, Isla Sol, SolyMar, Angermeyer and Royal Palm. The local tour provider will contact you to confirm the exact pick up time.
If your hotel is not in the above pick up area, please make your way to the meeting point at Hotel Maidith White Cove (Cucuve and Floreana Streets) for 8 am.
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The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
Mountain biking in Cerro Mesa (or car tour if preferred).
Picnic lunch including grilled fish and a drink.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Santa Cruz Island).
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.