Galapagos is a destination to live experiences that will last in the memory of those who live them throughout life. Will last in the memory of those who live them throughout life.Scenarios of white sand and turquoise waters, trails next to flora and fauna that adapt themselves to evolve in unique landscapes that seem out of this world.


Santa Cruz Island is located in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, it is the second largest island after Isabela. This island is a large dormant volcano, it is estimated that there were eruptions about a million and a half years ago.

The central offices of the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station are located in Santa Cruz.

You can enjoy beautiful beaches and bays with turtles, sea lions and sea birds.


In the highlands of Santa Cruz Island you can visit reserves where you could find giant tortoises more than 100 years old. These specimens are an icon of the islands. You are able to get 6 feet (2 meters) away from them, watch them graze wild vegetation or rest in mud ponds.

How to get?

  • Request a reservation at the hotel reception.

Visiting time: 2 – 3 hours


  • Bring comfortable shoes for the walk.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Snacks and lots of water.
  • The area is not populated, for this reason, it is recommended to arrange in advance the transfer back to the hotel.
  • It is necessary to have a tour guide.

Admission: USD 5 approx

Hours: 06h00 – 18h00

Going through lava tunnels is an activity that transports us back in time, millions of years between wonderful geological formations. Explore the paths, be dazzled by the dimensions of these tunnels, the result of when the surface layer of the lava flow cools when it comes into contact with the coldest atmospheric air.

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Request reservation at reception.

Los Gemelos are fascinating geological formations, considered as crater holes, their formation was not directly due to volcanic actions, they were created as a result of the collapse or subsidence of surface materials within fissures or underground chambers. The Twins are surrounded by the Scalesia Pedunculata forest, unique in the world.

Visiting time:

3 hours approximately.

How to get?

-Request a reservation at the hotel reception.


  • In the rainy season, it is recommended that visitors bring a rain jacket or a windbreaker with them. (january to may)
  • In the season of the garúa it can be cloudy early in the morning, but then it clears and the weather can be very pleasant. (june – december)

Garrapatero Cove and beach, located on the eastern side of Santa Cruz Island, are considered to have the finest sand in all Galapagos! Enjoy a soothing dip in the waters; take a small trip on a tandem, sit-on-top of a kayak; lie down on the beach.; or walk a short distance to a brackish lagoon, home of stilts, plovers, pintails and flamingos.

Visiting time:

3 hours approximately.

How to get?

-Request a reservation at the hotel reception

Galapagos is a destination to enjoy with the family, this is an activity for all ages. Explore pristine areas, swim with sea lions, colorful fishes, sharks and get up close to marlins, birds and cetaceans, depending on the season, it is an unforgettable experience with nature.

-Request a reservation at the hotel reception

Diving in Galapagos is one of the most rewarding aquatic experiences. Considered one of the best diving destinations in South America and in the world. Here you can find a huge number and variety of animals that will not be found anywhere else, where you can observe them so closely without interrupting your lifestyle and tranquility to these unique animal species.

Visiting time

It takes up a big part of the day.


  • If you are interested in diving, it is important to request a reservation in advance.
  • Must have a diving license

Embark on the adventure of visiting the highlands of Santa Cruz, visiting by bike the giant tortoises reserves, the lava tunnels or riding the bike path.

Paddling surrounded by birds and sharks while kayaking is an adventure reserved for those who want to feel the richness of the Galapagos marine reserve.

Walking the trails amidst the fauna, vegetation and volcanic geology of thousands of years, is an activity for explorers.


A town located to the south of Santa Cruz Island, this town has some tourist attractions that can be easily explored.by foot

For more than 60 years, the Charles Darwin Foundation has provided unique scientific solutions for the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.

In this place you will find the “Fausto Llerena” Breeding Center where you can observe giant tortoises of different sizes, ages and from different islands of the Galapagos archipelago.

How to get?

It is walking distance from Hotel Cucuve, approximate walking time 15-20 minutes.

Visiting time: 1-2 hours

Free entrance

Hours: 08:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00

This is a site located on the west side of Academia Bay, which, as its name implies, this place is a natural crevice where sea water seeps forming pools of crystal clear water. Ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling

How to get?

You can walk from Hotel Cucuve to the passenger dock located on the boardwalk, from where you must take an aqua taxi and cross to Punta Estrada, once there, you will walk approximately 30 minutes on a path of volcanic stones and salt flats until you reach the cracks.

Estimated visit time: 2-3 hours.


  • Wear comfortable and closed shoes.
  • Swimsuit and snorkeling equipment.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Towel.
  • Take into account: There is no storage place, open public space.

Need to book with a tour operator

Hours: 06H00 – 17H00.

Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sandy beach, named for being a nesting site for the green sea turttle, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the islands. It’s the perfect place to swim, relax, kayak, snorkel, and even surf.

How to get?


You can walk from Hotel Cucuve to the passenger dock located on the boardwalk, from where you must buy tickets for the departure by boats to Tortuga Bay.

Boat hours:

09H00 * and 14H00 * to Tortuga Bay
12H00 * and 17H00 * to Puerto Ayora
* Hours may vary according to demand.

Travel time by boat: 25 min.

Cost: USD 10 per person

The hotel is located on the street that leads to the entrance of the trail that will take you to Tortuga Bay, you must exit and walk straight to the left.

Before arriving at the control booth, there is a bicycle parking lot, once in the booth, you must proceed to register with the park ranger present in that place.

You will find vegetation from the lower part of the transition zone, the dry zone and the coastal zone. An endemic plant (Sesuvium portulacastrum) grows in the dunes in the upper part of the beach that helps stabilize the sandy areas. please stay away from the dunes, these are sea turtle nesting sites.

Walking time: 50 min.

General recommendations:

  • Wear comfortable and closed shoes.
  • Swimsuit and snorkeling equipment.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Towel.

Please consider: There is no place to buy food or drinks, all food remains must be taken back, since there is no place to deposit food remains or other waste

Hours: 06H00 – 17H00.

Free entrance


Nos alojamos en este hotel encantador donde nos trataron con mucho cariño, llenos de delicias. Hotel bien ubicado, cerca de la estación Charles Darwin y de restaurantes y tiendas. En la calle del hotel, de noche, decenas de restaurantes ponen mesas en la calle que se convierte en patio de comidas, ofreciendo platos típicos, pescados, langostas, a un precio asequible, llenos de turistas, nos encantó. Grandioso desayuno, Wi-Fi funciona bien, ofrecen toallas de playa, albornoz, botellas de agua, zapatillas, bolsas de compras y otras delicias. Recepcionistas muy amables y atentos. Excelente servicio, recomiendo mucho este hotel.

DINACIR MANCERA / Florianópolis, Brasil

Un hotel encantador en las Islas Galápagos

Pasamos 5 noches en este encantador hotel boutique en el corazón de Puerto Ayora, la ciudad principal de las Islas Galápagos. ¡Disfrutamos mucho de nuestra estancia! El hotel es pequeño, solo tiene 7 habitaciones, y es realmente muy cómodo. Las habitaciones están limpias y bien equipadas, el aire acondicionado es eficiente y silencioso. El servicio es más que impecable: los empleados son muy amables, amables, eficientes y siempre dispuestos a ayudar a sus huéspedes. La ubicación es perfecta: a pocos pasos del puerto y muy cerca de los restaurantes, tiendas y atracciones más populares. ¡Una verdadera joya!

PAOLO DE ROSA / Lutry, Suiza

¡Ni siquiera una estafa! ¡Todo perfecto!

Elegí quedarme con mi esposa en Cucuve por 3 noches según las críticas de TD y fue nuestra mejor decisión.
Durante el registro, estaba bromeando con Ana diciendo que el listón estaba muy alto en Trip Advisor y que tendría un gran desafío para mantenerlo así de bueno. Ella amablemente me dijo que harían todo lo posible para cumplir con nuestras expectativas.
Bueno, todo lo que puedo decir es que lo hicieron!!



¡Muy satisfecho con todo! Desayuno diferente cada mañana; fresco y variado! Cerca, a poca distancia de todo. Toque personal en la habitación. Personal extremadamente servicial. Muy recomendable también para familias.

SYLVIE PILON / Toronto, Canadá


Todo ha sido genial en este hotel: personal siempre atento, desayuno de alto nivel. El concepto del número reducido de habitaciones, la distribución gratuita de galletas, bebidas, toallas de playa es genial... El hotel también está muy bien ubicado... No dudes en pasar hermosas noches allí.

MAXIME ROUX / Vendeuil, Francia

Lo mejor que Puerto Ayora tiene para ofrecer

Nos alojamos en Cucuve Suites según las críticas de TripAdvisor. Este fue mi segundo viaje a Puerto Ayora. Claramente estoy agradecido con el personal de Cucuve. La atención al detalle está más allá de lo que cabría esperar. La estructura es moderna y los muebles son de alta calidad. Por qué comprometerse cuando lo mejor está disponible en Cucuve.

DENIS FELDMAN / Coral Springs, Florida