I spent some time roaming around Port Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos and there is lots you can see in one or two days .
Charles Darwin Research Center
About a 20 min walk from the port on Charles Darwin Ave, you can go see giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Center. You can also see baby turtles and walk around the trails amongst the large cactus trees.
On your way to the Charles Darwin center from the port, you will come across a large ceramic dragon on your right hand side. Enter and you will see a long wall decorated with ceramic tile of sealife. At the end of the short walk, you will come to the sea where you will most likely see Sally Lightfoot Crabs hanging out on top of the black volcanic rocks.
Probably my most amusing time here was at the small fish market on Charles Darwin Ave. In the afternoon when the fishermen come back with their catch, they clean and filet the fish to sell. What’s entertaining about the experience are the seals and pelicans waiting to hopefully get some leftovers.
About a 45 min walk from the port you can get to Tortuga Bay. There is a dirt path that you take and then you have to climb some stairs. When you get to the top, you will have to sign in at the small station entrance and they won’t let you get on the paved trail past 6pm. I also recommend going early in the morning because it gets very hot. Its a long trek but the view is beautiful. The waves are strong there but at the end of the beach, there is a calmer area where you can rent snorkels or kayaks. Also the station sells popsicles which are a nice cool treat in the hot and humid climate.
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