Iguana on the terrace, Red Mangrove Resort, Santa Cruz Islan (Steve Alcorn)
After breakfast we bused to the Peace Asylum where we encountered the giant Galapagos tortoises. These guys are impressive! And, like almost all of the wildlife in the Galapagos that we encountered they seemed to view humans as a harmless curiosity. From the corner of your eye they look almost like large stones or boulders so I could imagine sitting down on one accidentally. Continuing up the trail we came to the site used by pirates in times past. They had a great view of the valley and shore to facilitate their hobbies and apparently some of there gold was found in the area some decades ago. Isabella Island was a two hour boat trip away where we settled into another beautiful Red Mangrove resort right on the beach. The afternoon was spent touring some lava fields at Tintereros Park where there were zillions of marine iguanas of all sizes, blue footed boobies, crabs, and white tipped reef sharks. While snorkeling in e harbor I almost bumped I to a six foot sting ray which gracefully swam next to me for a few moments. In the evening I walked around the quiet town, took photos, and took Ina spectacular sunset.
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