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The port at Isla Isabella

The port at Isla Isabella

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.

Iguana Crossing - that's the name of the place

Iguana Crossing – that’s the name of the place

Marine iguana making tracks

Marine iguana making tracks

Colours of Isabela

Colours of Isabela

Marine iguana, Playa del Amor

Marine iguana, Playa del Amor

Near Playa del AmorNear Playa del Amor

Sun bathing at Playa del Amor

Sun bathing at Playa del Amor

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Blue footed boobies

Blue footed boobies

Diving for lunch

Diving for lunch

Playa del Amor

Playa del Amor

Family gathering

Family gathering

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.

Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber, is an endangered species

Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber, is an endangered species

An unusal pose.

An unusal pose.

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.

"this is my seat, don't disturb me!"

“this is my seat, don’t disturb me!”

Frigate bird, Fregata minor, Concha Perla

Frigate bird, Fregata minor, Concha Perla

Yawning sealion

Yawning sealion

Canario María

Canario María

Sea lion enjoying the clear Galápagos waters

Sea lion enjoying the clear Galápagos waters

Brown pelican

Brown pelican

The Galápagos should be on everyone’s travel list. It really is one of the last upspoilt places on this planet.

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