On our fourth day, we went on a tour of Isla Isabela (aka Albemarle). Isabela, the largest island in the archipalego, is actually a chain of five young, active volcanoes. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the Galapagos at just over 5,600 feet. Isabela is also home to the second largest volcanic crater in the world, Santo Tomas. Caleta Tagus is a trail surrounding the salt-lake crater. This beautiful region is also known as the "land of marine iguanas."
|Our friends, Dale & Joan Lance|
Then we took a taxi to the area known as Los Tintores. We saw beautiful scenery along a path through lava fields that lichen has grown on. Over the years, different types of lichens have been able to colonize the southern face of the lava rocks. They receive moisture during drizzles when prevailing winds are from the south.
|Marine Iguanas (do you see at least 8?)|
|Tintoreras (White-Tip Sharks)|
These reef sharks feed mainly at night, in total darkness. They eat reef fish which they detect using electromagnetic pulses. Unlike most other sharks, tintoreras sleep during the day, living on the ocean floor, alongside rocks or in caves.
After leaving the lava fields, we see flamingos in a lagoon, and then we head out to go snorkeling. As we sail off to go snorkeling, we see blue-footed boobies and penguins.
|Snorkeling with sea lions and green sea turtles|
On our fifth day (our last day), we didn't have anything planned. We just walked around Puerto Ayora, and then took the water taxi to the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn for lunch. It was a nice relaxing day before getting ready to travel back home the next day.
Here are pictures of the wildlife we saw in Puerto Ayora
|Warming up in the sun|
|Mother and Baby|
Here we came across a Sea Lion Resting Lounge!
This sign says "This area has been taken over by the original inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands. We are adapting to their manners. We truly appreciate your understanding."
Then we took a water taxi to lunch.
The building that is now the reception area of the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn was once the home of Gus Angermeyer. Gus was one of four German brothers who arrived to Santa Cruz in 1933. He took it upon himself to construct this unique building of lava rock which resembles a cave and through the years has been referred to as the "cave". Thus, the name of the cafe bar is "La Cueva de Gus".
We ate at the outdoor dining area with a view of the pelicans, iguanas, sea lions, and local birds while enjoying the fresh sea air.
We had a wonderful time on our vacation, but it's time to go home. It's not easy to get back to Cuenca, but after taking taxis, buses, planes, ferry boats, etc., we arrive home safely!