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My first encounter with a Galápagos tortoise

My first encounter with a Galápagos tortoise

We arrived at Baltra Island from Quito by plane, took the bus from the airport to the ferry to take us to Isla Santa Cruz and then a 45-minute taxi ride to Puerto Ayora. As we drove towards the town of Puerto Ayora we were lucky to see our first Galápagos tortoise. The taxi driver stopped so that we could take a few photos then dropped us off at our hotel. After checking in we wandered into the town and had a late lunch and visited the fish market. This was as amusing as it was interesting as the pelicans and sea lions were all looking for a free meal.

Looking for a free meal, Fish Market

Looking for a free meal, Fish Market, Puerto Ayora

Brown pelican, fish market

Brown pelican, fish market, Puerto Ayora

Galápagos lobsters - they taste better than they look

Galápagos lobsters – they taste better than they look

The next morning we took a guide, compulsory when one enters a National Park, to Los Gemelos and El Chato.

Los Gemelos

Los Gemelos

Los Gemelos

Los Gemelos

Working hard at El Chato

Working hard at El Chato

Looking at you, El Chato

Looking at you, El Chato

Galápagos flora

Galápagos flora

After we returned to Puerto Ayora and had lunch we took a water taxi to the eastern side of the harbour and walked to Playa de los Alemanes (German Beach).

The Port, Puerto Ayora

The Port, Puerto Ayora

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My first encounter with a Galápagos marine iguana, German Beach

My first encounter with a Galápagos marine iguana, German Beach

So ended another eventful day. The following day we visited the Darwin Centre

Entrance to National Park, Farida and two new friends

Entrance to National Park, Farida and two new friends

Darwin Centre

Darwin Centre

Pelicans, one having its daily shower, near the Darwin Centre

Pelicans, one having its daily shower, near the Darwin Centre

A local visitor to the Red Mango Pub

A local visitor to the Red Mango Pub

Blue Footed Booby, main street, Puerto Ayora

Blue Footed Booby, main street, Puerto Ayora

The road to Isla Baltra and palo santo flora

The road to Isla Baltra and palo santo flora

Blue Footed Booby

Blue Footed Booby

Next morning it was an early departure from the port for our 2.5 hour boat journey to Isla Isabela. Coming soon

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