Back to Santa Cruz

We anchored in Puerto Ayora (Academic Bay) on the North of Santa Cruz. In the morning we went on a quick tour of the village and then to the Darwin Research Centre where we saw how they were trying to restore the population of giant tortoises on the various islands. This included seeing the famous George who, somewhat eerily, has been mummified and is on show in a tortoise mauseleum, and a very much alive Diego who has a reputation as a prolific father.

Relief Map of Galapagos
Relief Map of Galapagos
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoises
Giant Tortoises
White flower
White flower
Darwin Finch Poster
Darwin Finch Poster
Diego
Diego
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch


After lunch we went up to the highlands in search of giant tortoises in the wild. On the way we stopped at Los Gemerlos, where there are dramatic sink holes. We then went to a farm where many wild giant tortoises were happily wandering around, some of them providing perches for Darwin finches.

Pelican
Pelican
Los Gemerlos
Los Gemerlos
Giant Tortoises
Giant Tortoises
White-cheeked Pintail
White-cheeked Pintail
Darwin Finch on Giant Tortoise
Darwin Finch on Giant Tortoise
Camilla with Giant Tortoise
Camilla with Giant Tortoise
Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilts
Black-winged Stilts
Giant Tortoises
Giant Tortoises
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
David and Giant Tortoise
David and Giant Tortoise
Darwin Finch on Giant Tortoise
Darwin Finch on Giant Tortoise
Egret
Egret

In the evening we had a restaurant meal in Puertu Ayora and then packed for the next day.

Going Home

The next morning we woke up at San Cristobal. We first went to the interpretation centre where we read about the way people have interacted with Galapagos. We then checked in at the airport before returning to the town to buy and have coffee before boarding the first flight.