Day 5, in the morning we took a zodiac, then bus ride to La Galapaguera, a breeding center/sanctuary for the island tortoise.
Here’s a tortoise egg. Marked with an X so that the folks who run the center can tell which side of the egg was up in the nest. (If you rotate the egg, apparently it dies)
The view of San Cristobal when we arrived.
The rare (not at all) sea lion. They’re everywhere.
In the afternoon, we went for a “less talk, more walk” hike at Punta Pitt. There was still lots of talking, but also scenery unlike anything else we’d seen so far.
We seemed to be hiking around a bunch of mountains.
We could see goats on the ridge line. Goats are an introduced species and the park is trying to eradicate them.
Parts of the hike were a little steep… But not scary.
There were a couple nests in the middle of the trail. These birds are fearless.
A view of the ocean at the edge of the island.
I thought this hike was the most “fun” of all the hikes we did. Not the most wildlife, but pretty awesome landscapes. The rock is super, super soft though. Not at all climbable.