Day 6 |
Apr 24, 2014

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

By James Barreno, Naturalist
Weather: Fair, Partly cloudy
Air Temperature: 24ºC
Pressure: 961 hPa
Wind: 6 knots

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the political capital of Galapagos Islands with a population of some 8000 people and an interesting historical background. The first settlers colonized this important island and established a small town.

This morning we were heading into the highlands with our guests. During the 30 minute ride to La Galapaguera we saw farm areas and small villages along the way.
When we arrived, the Galapagos National Park breeding center gates were open. There, right at the entrance, were huge land tortoises: males and females of all sizes; but most importantly and amazingly, there were little hatchlings in small, protected cages. They looked like miniature pieces of artwork.

I was pleased to see how much interest my audience showed during the entire visit while I explained the behavior of these reptiles and many other interesting things. As a matter of fact, we stopped and had time to take pictures of almost everything: the flowers, the land birds and even insects. This is what I love about interpretation –an enthusiastic audience.

By the afternoon, at the most pristine beach of San Cristobal -known as Cerro Brujo- our guests disembarked onto a beautiful sandy beach.
Where else in the world could they find sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs together?
We had ample time to take photos of the sea lions and to walk along the beach.

Some of our guest took the kayak-option along the coast, where they could see the impressive and amazing landscape of Cerro Brujo.

At the end of the day many of our guests came back excited, and for me it was the end of another beautiful day in our paradise.