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30 Jan 2013

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

We left the ship this morning to take a three-day Galapagos Island excursion with five other couples.

Half of the day was consumed by taking a bus to an airplane, to a bus, to a ferry, to a private minibus for our group. Phew.

We saw two big sinkholes. Also we saw a scalesia forest. (It’s important for the ecosystem)

Moving on we saw a lava tunnel. These are formed when the under water volcanoes erupt and form islands.  That is different than when the cone-type land volcanoes erupt and the lava flows down the hill.

Then we saw more giant tortoises than I could count. They, alone, made the trip worth taking.

These tortoises take three hours to mate.