Farewell to Galapagos

Farewell to Galapagos

On our last day in Galapagos we got a quick tour of some attractions in the highlands, accompanied by Maria Elena, a local guide. We visited a farm in the highlands where giant tortoises come and go to feed and hang out. Here they co-exist with humans and domestic animals. They are not in captivity but rather able to roam freely as they have for thousands of years before the humans arrived. They can live over hundred years and weigh over 400 lbs. The oldest tortoise known was alive for at least 180 years. Later we saw a lava tube, a remnant of flowing lava and the testament to a violent birth and geological processes on the islands. Our last stop was to see the Twins, a couple of holes in the earth where it collapsed most likely due to a thinner crust.
Finally we reached the airport on the small island of Baltra where we took our flight back to mainland.

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