Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
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Travel Blogs from Puerto Villamil
... few even saw a penguin swim past, the remainder of us had to settle for seeing them on the rocks as we motored back to the boat.
In the afternoon we visited Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the striking lava field which was the result of the 1903 eruption. Very few plants had managed to survive the harsh environment of this relatively new lava floe and only the occasional lava cactus peaked through the cracks, though amusingly we ...
... food. The tortoises were easy to catch because they are so big and slow. The breeding center is helping to increase the tortoise population. Baby tortoises are given a head start here and then released into the wild. Some of the full-grown tortoises can weigh as much as 400 lbs! After the tortoise center I had a light hike (ha ha 6 miles, mostly uphill, on a trail full of mud and ...
... an empty, rubbery iguana eggshell.
Just after we passed the pool with the sea lion in it we stopped by a crevice in the rocks which was filled with very clear, still water and had some white-tip sharks lying on the bottom. Last of all on land, we stopped at the mangrove and our guide told us a little bit about them. One or two leaves on each branch were yellow, apparently due to the way that they 'sacrifice' themselves by absorbing all the salt in the ...
... Lava Tunnels and some of what the Galápagos Isands are most famous for, their Giant Tortoises. After a quick walk through the lava tunnels, it was time to go and see our first lot of giant tortoise. I don't think I've ever been so excited. To see them in their natural environment is just amazing. We saw both male and female tortoises and the males are 2-3 times the size of the females. After seeing our first lot of tortoise and having some lunch, ...
... was pretty bad, but the hotel had some lotion that was rather soothing.
- Hiking and Snorkeling
○ Brown Noddy
○ Sea turtle
○ Blue footed booby
○ White-tip shark
○ Galapagos Penguin
○ White-tail damsel fish
○ Razor Surgeon Fish
- Ride there & back
○ Nazca Booby
○ Manta ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet