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Sara: Galapagos Islands!

November 7, 2011

I got back yesterday from the Galapagos Islands, it was so surreal being there and knowing all the history and theories of evolution behind it! I even got a picture with a statue of Charles Darwin. The first day we got there we went to the Charles Darwin Research Station and saw tons of animals from lizards and iguanas to finches and turtles. The iguanas were everywhere though, all over the beaches and in the streets. I am not a fan of them at all.

The second day we took a 1.5 hour boat ride to an island named Floreana. Here we hiked for awhile and then went snorkeling, I got to see tons of exotic tropical fish and we even swam with sea turtles. After we had lunch on the island and then took a truck ride (where we rode on the roof) to the inner part of the island to see some HUGE turtles and also to look at the pirate caves.  It was pretty amazing.

The third day we were there we walked to Tortuga Bay in the morning (a 45 minute walk) and then relaxed and swam at the beach, on the way there were iguanas everywhere bathing in the sun, we had to watch where we were walking. The beach was beautiful, white and sandy! Then in the afternoon we on another boat ride, a little shorter this time about 45 minutes to another island named Santa Fe. We couldn’t go on the island but we circled it in the boat and then jumped off for awhile and snorkeled.  It was so cool, a seal swam right underneath me and I could almost touch it, then the guide grabbed a starfish from the bottom of the ocean and we all got to hold it!

Finally on our way back we saw tons of manta-rays jumping out of the water and even a few sharks. We also saw the National Geographic Boat that was stationed off of one of the islands. The last day we went to these twin craters that were formed from the volcanoes near the islands, they were huge but really awesome to see!

It was an awesome trip overall, tons of wildlife and tons of beaches! I would love to go back anytime!

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