Sunday, November 3, 2013

Santa Cruz... Back to Civilization



Our last day in the Galapagos was spent on the island of Santa Cruz. We visited the giant tortoises in the Highlands (they're very shy), explored a lava tube, and went to the Charles Darwin Research Station to see Lonesome George.





Vince took some great close-ups of the tortoises!






It rained a lot in the morning and the steps down to the lava tube were scary looking but they were actually less slippery than I though they would be. :)




Fortunately, the rainy weather was just passing through and we were left with a beautiful sunny afternoon.





More tortoise portraits courtesy of Vince!







Lonesome George had two lady tortoises in the habitat with him. I can't remember which one he is, but he is off in the distance (under the trees). We're glad we had the opportunity to see him before he crossed over the rainbow bridge on June 24, 2012.



I'm not sure if this was Lonesome George or one of his lady friends.



Baby tortoises!! So cute!!



This is a screenshot from one of my videos so the quality is not the best, but I wanted to show how teeny tiny these little tortoises are.



The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the town.




Pelicans are so bold... trying to steal from the fish monger!






After one more night on the cruise ship, we flew back to Baltra and had a nice dinner... we flew back to Toronto late that night and our trip was in the books! Galapagos was definitely the trip of a lifetime and so different from any place we have ever visited. We took over 6,000 photos so it was a little time consuming to go through... but finally, after 1.75 years of returning to Toronto, our vacation blog posts are complete! :)



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