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Isabella


Day 13 - 6th August 2013

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Part 1 - Wall of Tears & Túnel del Estero

 

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Wall of Tears

Righteous Ruler - an interesting hood transfer and Bellavista sign on our pick-up...


 


Water container and asbestos pipes from WW2 when this area was used as a US base...





The Wall of Tears - constructed for punishment by prisoners held here up until 1959...





Sad face...


 


Looking down the other side...





Even on the largest most-populated islands work is progressing to clear them of damaging, invasive species...





The wall serves some good however, this lava lizard seemed happy enough on the Wall of Tears - plenty of nooks and crannies in the volcanic rocks...


 


Large Ground Finch(?)...





San Cristóbal Mocking Bird...





Our first truly wild Giant Tortoise - a bit bashful...


 


Another more extrovert wildy...





A warning not to eat the cherry tomato sized, little apples that dotted the ground - the tortoises love them...





Moss hanging from the trees...





More moss...


 



Walking to a mangrove inlet...





Miche in the mangroves...


 


Ghost crab burrows and balls...






We swam from this inlet, where the water was fresh and out into the surf zone of the sea beyond and were treated to close views of Pelicans and Blue Footed Boobies perching on rocks or scudding over the water.

Resident Sea Lion...






This large guy was just relaxing by the side of the road...


 

 





Túnel del Estero

Lava once flowed here reaching the sea, but once the lava stopped flowing through them only the tubes remained where the outer lava had cooled and solidified...






The tube was flooded at the bottom...


 


Looking out - Fabian and an opuntia cactus...





Me with a large Opuntia (prickly pear). Their trunks begin to take on an beautiful reddy, brown colour when they get to this size...





Opuntia fruits...


 


Forming an orderly queue - this lady on her scooter was selling Corviche - tuna surrounded by a rugby ball shaped mashed plantain mix and then deep fried (often eaten with a hot chili sauce)...






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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