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... of the island, Santa Cruz. Puerto Ayora is the largest town in the Galapagos, with a population of about 20,000. Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and the most visited.
Viewing the giant tortoises was unbelievable. Our naturalist and fearless leader, Pedro, walked us through grasslands and forests that were dotted by giant tortoises - dozens of them - telling us all about them ...
... and some giant mantas from a distance. I arrived around 930am and grabbed a taxi to my hostel, which was nice with a/c, but more than i wanted to spend, seem the prices have all gone up in the last couple of months. After settling in i headed off down the road to the centre town. Many tour agencies, diving centers, a few restaurants and many hostels. I spoke with a few agencies and got some good information, as well as two maps of the area. I found a little breakfast place and ate as ...
... I ran into Gaby, a Galapagueña girl I met on the bus from the airport a week earlier. We made plans to meet up at 8, so I finished my empanadas and headed back to wait. When Gaby and I met up she was with a couple friends, a guy and a girl (don't remember the names). We had a really fun time drinking rum and coke and talking in Spanish. It was interesting to hear their perspectives; they have never left the islands, are very religious, and ...
... until he fell off the side into the water and then hopped up on the dock and waddled his way up the dock. My friends had the idea of playing music for him so I played a song, until he got aggressive and I decided it wasn't worth it. Vidala, a veterinarian, was sure that the sea lion liked it. I'm not convinced. The sea lions are so much like dogs, it's incredible. After the sea lion made it clear he wanted me to stop playing, he hopped up on a bench, scratched himself just like a dog ...
... on this trip. I am glad I went, I saw green turtles about 2 feet away eating on the ocean floor, sting ray trying to bury himself in the sand and fish were trying to eat things off his body,and when he disturbs the sand the fish were trying eat there. That was very cool.
Also saw Bluechin Parrot fish, Pacific Sierra, Black Stripped Salema, Mexican goatfish,Panama Sergeant Banderita. Just when I was leaving a Mexican hogfish was ...