This was my last day in the Galápagos Islands, I’m so sad 😦 😦 😦 !
We said goodbye to the crew of the “Queen Beatriz”, which was an excellent vessel, with a fantastic crew & fabulous guide, Fabian.
Another early wakeup, back to civilization …..
And yet, these are our greeters on Santa Cruz Island
We did get to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where they study all the islands, enact strategies to combat the developed worlds effect on the Galapagos, as well as maintaining a captive breeding program for the islands tortoises, since man has introduce predators to their natural habitats that severely shrunk the population.
The Lone Iguana, too perfect next to that sign, ha!
Unfortunately didn’t get to see world famous lonesome George, he passed last year at an estimated age of 150 years. They can’t really tell the exact age because after a certain point, the ridges on the shell start to smooth, so there aren’t any lines to go by. George had two girlfriends in his pen, tortoises from a different island, but the fertilized eggs never took, so he was the last of his kind.
They do get pretty big…
And move quite interestingly. These type of tortoises can raise their necks as a sort of macho “What’s up, don’t mess with me, I have a longer neck” haha
After a bus ride, a ferry and another bus ride, we were at Baltra airport. And that was my trip to the Galapagos, I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend you consider it. My only regret is not taking the longer cruise, but it just means I can come back and see more things, come during a different season when the animals might be doing something different …:)
On to Quito, its “Old Town” one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites.