We took the early morning boat from Isla Santa Cruz for a bumpy two and a half hour boat ride. We were greeted with blue skies and a sunny day as we left the port to check into our hotel at Puerto Villamil. Isla Isabela is the largest island in the Galápagos and consists of a chain of six volcanoes.
After a short rest we hired a taxi (US$10 per hour) to take us for a three hour drive along the southern coast towards Muro de las Lágrimas, the Wall of Tears, which bears witness to the cruelty of the penal colony, which existed for nearly 10 years. We stopped at Playa del Amor, a wonderful sandy beach and a good place to photograph the marine iguanas.
We then drove to Poza de las Diablas to see the flamingoes, Phoenicopterus ruber, which is an endandered species then we went to the Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza, the tortoise breeding centre.
The next day we wandered around the port and visited Concha y Perla, which is a small bay just to relax and enjoy the wildlife.
The Galápagos should be on everyone’s travel list. It really is one of the last upspoilt places on this planet.