First blog from the ‘Enchanted Islands’, and what a welcome! Even the flight in was spectacular, flying in low over the Islands, seeing the white sandy beaches contrasted to the dry cactus-dotted landscape. Very impressive! After a brief panic about the tourist entry card, we were in! A brief stop off at some sunken lava caves, with tiny finches darting across the landscape, we headed off to the Tortoise Reserve with our guide, Marissa. Welcomed to the reserve by a chilled out tortoise munching by the roadside, we had a nice lunch, and then headed out into the reserve, where there we saw giant tortoises everywhere! I think we all got some fantastic photos, which will hopefully be uploaded to the blog, but what we didn’t manage to capture much of was the sounds – their movements; chewing, walking, breathing, all came with an ancient-sounding soundtrack. That was something I hadn’t expected, and really added to the experience. As did seeing two giant tortoises mating! Not something you see everyday! Really enjoyed our first trip in the Galapagos Islands, looking forward to Floreana tomorrow!


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