Thursday, October 29, 2009

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the most populated of the Galapagos Islands. It is also the most visited, being the place where most tourists start and end their cruises. For this reason, it has a well-established tourist infrastructure. Despite this it is still possible to see many endemic and native species even in and around the town of Puerto Ayora.

Lava Tunnels
These tunnels form when the top of a lava flow cools and hardens while inside the molten lava continues to flow, eventually leaving a empty tube. There are several of these throughout the Galapagos, but at 800m long, Santa Cruz's "Tunnels of Love" are some of the largest in the world.

Inside of a giant tortoise shell

Fish Market

Tortuga Bay Beach

Las Grietas

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