ALWAYS CARRY SUNSCREEN AND INSECT REPELLANT
When travelling here on the Equator there were a few things that I found that were neccesary to Carry. The sun can be really unforgiving here and it is a must to use a strong sunscreen when in the strong sunshine. I found that most Islands that I visited had very little foliage with little or no shade. There were certain items I found I needed ,and used most days..they were..
A good strong sunscreen of 15+
A small tube of moisturiser.
A small tube of lip balm.
A packet of wet ones , good not only for the heat but good for wiping small injuries clean.
A small packet of tissues, in case you have to go.
A good insect and mosquito repellant.
Acouple of band aid strips..
These are small items and take up little room. Dont forget your hat!!
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
The Black-neck Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) is a graceful wader which can be seen in shallow pools of saline water or freshwater. It can be found on several of the Galapagos islands, in the lowlands near the coasts. The Black-necked stilt is also found in many other parts of America, from California and Florida in the north to Peru in the south.
The male and female look very much alike. The length is around 35-40 cm. The wings and back are black as well as the crown and the back of the neck. There is a white patch above the eyes and the underparts and tails are also white. The bill is black, long and thin. The pink/red legs are very long. I wish I had seen one flying as it looks beautiful with the long legs stretched out behind it.
The Black-necked Stilt feeds in shallow water where it finds aquatic insects, small fish, crustaceans and molluscs to eat.
The Black-necked Stilt in the photo is walking around in a lagoon beside the path to Cerro Dragón, Isla Santa Cruz.
- National/State Park
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) can be seen on most big islands of the Galapagos (you can also see them in the West Indies and North- and Central America). The Great Blue Heron is a wader and when you see one it will probably be near shallow water, where they are often seen standing still waiting for prey. They feed on fish, crabs, young marine iguanas, lava lizards, small birds and insects.
With their tall legs and neck the Great Blue Heron looks majestic. The feathers are blue-grey and the head is white with a black strip. The beak is long, sharp and yellow. An adult Great Blue Heron can have a wingspan of over 2 metres and it can be over 1.30 metres tall. They are beautiful birds.
I saw Great Blue Herons on Floreana, Isla Isabela and on Isla Santa Cruz. The one on the photos is from Tortuga Bay, just outside Puerto Ayora.
- National/State Park
Los Gemelos/ The twins
These are also refered to as the craters. They are two sunken volcanic craters that you can see on the road that takes you from the ferry and the town of Puerto Ayora.
It is pretty interesting to see these but most of the time you will have to go with a guide or you wont be able to get too close. I asked the taxi driver why do we need a guide and he wasnt sure.
Bus loads of people come to see the craters.
Lava tunnels/ Los Tuneles
After we went to Rancho Primisias to look at the turtles in the wild or taxi driver took us to The tunnels. They are tunnels formed from the lava. It was pretty interesting but I was alittle nervous at first. Our taxi driver Aureliano told us that there was a small section of the tunnels that we had to crawl through to get through. I wasnt too excited about that but after we did it, I realized that me and the kids had alot of fun. The crawling part wasnt too bad and it was only a very small section of the cave.
The hike throught the tunnels was only about 15 to 20 minutes so it wasnt too long at all.
Galapagos National Park/Charles Darwin Center
The Park is free and its a short walk from the center of town. Here you will get to see the Giant turtles. Like Lonesome George who is about 130 years old now or more. There are baby turtles and iguanas. Marine Iguanas and land iguanas.
You can also get a tour in English or Spanish. You will also get to see what they eat, how they live and how the islands were discovered. This is a great place to start if you are on this island.
Tortuga Bay is on the Southern part of the island. You can get to the entrance by taxi or walk like we did. Then you get to an area where you can only get to by foot. From there on it is a 2kilometer walk. It is a pretty long walk, especially in the heat of the islands. The hike is also not exactly a straight walk. It is alittle hilly and by the time you get to the beach, which is your final distination you will probably be exhausted.
Tortuga bay is beautiful. The sand is fine and white. The water is a beautiful clear blue. There is surfing on this part of the island and you can also see tons of crabs, iguanas and lizards.
For maor pictures of Tortuga Bay check out the traveloge
Rancho Primisias is located on the high part of the island. People come here to check out the giant turtles that live in their natural habitat. There are thousands of turtles up in the high part of the island where it rains alot and the temperature is alot cooler.
If you are interested in looking at the Giant turtles this place is for you. You can see how the interact with eachother and how they eat and play in their pond.