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El Trapiche

Highlands Culture & History

The El Trapiche is a great option if you want to experience more of the cultural aspects of the Galapagos. This tour allows you to learn more about the lifestyles of the human residents of the Galapagos. Travel by taxi to a less visited area of the highlands to learn the analog technics of distillery at El Trapiche.

Working the sugar cane with el Trapiche in the Santa Cruz highlands.
Working the sugar cane with el Trapiche in the Santa Cruz highlands.

Here you can see how this rustic, mule-driven sugar cane press operates. You will also learn about different cane alcohol distilling techniques as well as some traditional coffee roasting tricks.

Learning about the tricks of growing coffee in the Galapagos.
Learning about the tricks of growing coffee in the Galapagos.

This tour can be combined with a trip to Cerro Mesa Reserve and Garrapatero Beach to make it a full day excursion.

"We are so happy we decided to do a land based tour with Galapagos Alternative. It's the best way to go! They make the process of traveling to the islands simple and don't overcharge. Their use of local tour companies stimulates the local economy and gets you right in the middle of all the action on the islands."
- Sarah P.
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