Santa Cruz

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Our hotel in Santa Cruz was called "El Castillo" (The Castle). It was really cute, built sort of like a castle. It had a bug problem though. It wasn't just that hotel. We heard that thousands of these black beetles come for just a week in the year. I guess we picked the lucky week. They were literally everywhere! We only stayed for 2 nights though, so it wasn't too bad. When we got into Santa Cruz, we went to lunch at the ice cream place and restaurant Franklin showed us during the yacht tour. They turned out to have good food too.
The next day of staying in the hotel, we walked to Tortuga Bay. It was a super long trail to get there, probably about 3 miles either way. The sand was pearly white, and the water a beautiful light turqoise blue color. Except for the brown. There was some type of chemical in the water that made the foam on the surface an ugly brown color. It was only in some spots, so we decided to swim but just avoid them. That was probably not a good idea. It got on our skin and made it feel super tight because it filled all the pores. We also got pretty sunburnt (did I mention we were out of sunscreen?) even though we only swam for around a half hour. The reason we burn so quickly there is because of the hot equatorial sun of course, and that there is hardly any pollution in the air. So I suppose that's a good thing. We went to town later to get dinner. It was the ice cream place again. We got some souvneirs from little shops around town. I got three t-shirts. Okay I admit it, I want everyone to know I went to the Galapagos. I'm proud to have gone there. But who wouldn't be? It's the Galapagos, one of the most amazing places to travel to!
We left at around 9:30 the next day to catch our flight out of the Galapagos. I was sad to leave. I think it is so beautiful and usnique, especially with all of the endemic species of animals. And most of the islands have no human construction, which I think is great. I will definitely remember my experiences here, and I hope that when I come back in the future (which I will) that it will still be un-modified and un-constructed by humans. It is beautiful nature with beautiful, unique wildlife, and I think we should have at least one place in the world like that.
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