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Isabella


Day 12 - 5th August 2013

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Mud, Tortoises & Mangrove Snorkelling

 

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We broke camp and descended the 10km to get to the Sierra Negra park entrance before going to a Tortoise breeding centre and then having the afternoon free to snorkel and explore Puerto Villamil.   

Miche in the clear morning air outside the tent...



 


A rainbow on the outer volcano slope as we descended - it wasn't raining, so it may have been from the mist...





Navigating the muddy downhill path...





The horses had created a very pot-holed set of ladders on the steep sections and a few had arse-to-floor moments over the couple of days we were trekking...


 


Despite having to clear breakfast and take down and pack the tents - the cowboys arrived just a few minutes later, but they were on horses...
 




Miche at the entrance...







Tortoise Breeding Centre

The Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan Centre for Tortoises...



 


This was the slickest looking centre we'd seen.

Medium sized giants in their pool...






Tortoises seem to have a habit of just walking in the direction they want to go regardless of what is in the way...





A diminutive giant - giant tortoise at two and half months old and an egg...


 


Lava lizard on one of the pen walls...





They were largely quiet, but do make the odd hissing sound...





After leaving the centre we had a picnic lunch on a boardwalk and then made our way back to our hotel along the beach.

I'm sure this isn't what it looks like...



 


Iguana crossing...





Snorkelling

We went down to an area near the dock for what we thought would be a quiet snorkel - however it turned out to be a super popular spot to enter the water, but once away from the ladder it was easy to get away from the crowd.

Above surface view swimming through a flooded lava tube, corridored by mangroves...






Underwater views...


 






Cortez Rainbow Wrasse...







 

 




A young sea lion checking whether I was worth playing with (he decided 'no' on this occasion)...





An older sea lion taking a more relaxed view on life...


 


A couple of nice murals in Puerto Villamil...










Next day - Day 13 - Isabella - Wall of Tears

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D1 - Heathrow to Amsterdam D2 - Amsterdam to Quito D3 - Hummingbirds
D4 - Quito City Tour D5 - San Cristobal - Playa Baquerizo D6 - San Cristobal - Laguna el Junco
D7 - San Cristobal - Kicker Rock D8 - Floreana - Iguanas & Turtles D9 - Floreana & Isabella
D10 - Isabella - Trek - Volcan Chico D11 - Isabella - Trek - Sulphur & Sunsets D12 - Isabella - Mud, Mangroves & Tortoises
D13 - Isabella - Wall of Tears D14 - Santa Cruz - Market, CDRS & Tortuga D15 - Bartolome
D16 - Return to Quito D17 - Otavalo, Equator & Parc Condor D18 - Return to the UK