Galápagos Day 5: San Cristobal to Isabela

A busy day in Galápagoss. We started with a two hour power boat trip across very rolling seas from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz Island. Once on Santa Cruz we took a 30 minute boat ride to El Manzanillo to see the Giant Galápagos tortoises …

Galápagos Giant Tortoise at Rancho El Manzanillo in Santa Cruz
Ecuador • 0°41’50.41″ S 90°24’11.19″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 300 mm • ISO 720 • 1/250 sec at f/5.6

… And to view lava tunnels – a geologic feature resulting from the volcanic activity that formed the Galápagos.

The Lava Caves near Rancho El Manzanillo in Santa Cruz
Ecuador • 0°41’24.23″ S 90°24’0.41″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 32 mm • ISO 6400 • 1/3 sec at f/3.5

After lunch at El Chocolate (known for their bananas in chocolate dessert) we were back on the boat again for another two hour ride to transfer to Isabela Island. We checked into the Hotel Sandrita, where it seems the street out front has a fresh layer of volcanic gravel in honor of our arrival. Dinner was Octopus in Garlic Sauce at La Fogata.

Dinner at La Fogato in Puerto Villamil on Isabel Island
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador • 0°57’23.4″ S 90°57’57.6″ W
Apple iPhone 4S • ISO 800 • 1/15 sec at f/2.4

Tomorrow we hike to the top of Sierra Negra Volcano.

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