Galapagos – 8

This was the final morning of our Galapagos Cruise on the MV Daphne.

We had an early start with breakfast at 5.00 am and then we and our bags went ashore in zodiacs at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. This is the biggest town in the Galapagos with a population of about 12,000 people.

IMG 2878

From the town, we were taken by bus across the centre of the island to the Ferry Terminal at the north of the island. On the way, we stopped at a cattle farm in the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild.

This farm borders the National Park and the NPS have done a deal with the farmers. If the farmers don’t put up fences, the tortoises will roam onto their land and the farmers can make some additional income from tourism.

As we drove along the road to the farm, from the highway, we could see an occasional tortoise in a paddock – a bit like seeing a slow moving rock in a sheep paddock. At the farm where we stopped, there were many of them. Most were lazing in shallow wallows. It wasn’t very warm and they were not moving at all. Tortoises are reptiles and cold blooded so they need warmth for energy. We were fitted out with gum boots (mine were a bright yellow) and then we went for a walk around the area to see the tortoises.




Afterwards, we were back on board the bus for the last part of the trip where we clambered aboard a small ferry bot to travel over to Baltra Island. We then waited a few minutes for a bus to the airport and then onto our two-hour flight back to Quito.

IMG 2140

I am leaving Quito today, stopping over in Lima for a night and then returning home from Santiago after a spending  a day there.

One thought on “Galapagos – 8”

  1. Seems like a really enjoyable (though active) trip and the photos are wonderful.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Galapagos Islands

Back to the Silo Art Trail

The Covid-19 virus is impacting the lives of everyone in Victoria and Australia. We had planned a trip to Tasmania this week but we weren’t quite comfortable enough to head off to an island state where if anything serious happened, we could be stuck for a few weeks and unable to get home. We don’t […]

Read More
Galapagos Islands

A Review of My Time on the MV Daphne – Galapagos Islands

The Daphne is a mid-range Motor Yacht. She is owned by an Ecuadorian family and leased to Intrepid Tours who market cruises of various lengths around the Galapagos Archipelago.The trip on which I travelled was the ‘Ultimate Galapagos Cruise. The boat’s schedule is regulated and agreed with the National Parks Service so as to avoid […]

Read More
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos – 7

It’s been a very easy today physically.  We again, had a rough night of sailing so that we were in position at Dragon Bay on Santa Cruz Island in the morning. Travelling around each of the islands is generally quite smooth. However, It can get rather rough when cruising between the islands. Fortunately, our trip […]

Read More