Galapagos – Day 4
Following another early morning wake up call of rattling anchor chain links, we found ourselves in the harbour of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. This is a big island and has the largest population of any island in the Galapagos. The town is a pretty one with cobble streets and lots of colourful shops and buildings. We were looking forward to doing some shopping particularly for wine. Wine sold on board the boats is outrageously expensive – and definitely not chosen by a sommelier.
Charles Darwin Research Station is located here, as well as the famous Lava tunnels We went ashore in the morning and visited the fish market in the town. The fishermen had just brought in tuna and we bought one to send back to the boat where the chef made sashimi for us as a pre-lunch treat. The fish market was a mix of pelicans, seals and customers. Everyone ate well and the scene made for some good photo ops.
A walk through the town was fascinating. We walked up the main street to the Darwin Research Station where Lonesome George lives. Met George and visited the tortoise breeding program and got a feel for the town. We called it our tortoise day. Following our time at the research station and in town the next stop was a visit to the one of the famous lava tunnels on the island and then on to the highlands on the island to a tortoise reserve where we got up close and personal with the giants. Good thing they don’t move very fast………. Another wonderful, once in lifetime day.