For some people, a dream trip is heading to the GE Olympics later this month. For me, it was my inaugural visit to a place thought to be the origin of many species—most specifically, the Galapagos tortoise.
You can’t help but laugh when you see these guys. Like the sloth, they’re just a bit silly-looking—albeit, a little scarier, particularly if you’re trying to steal their food!
As soon as our Enrichment Voyages crew arrived in Puerto Ayora, the main town on the island of Santa Cruz, it was off to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we took a guided tour of the facilities.
I couldn’t believe how big these guys were—particularly their feet, which looked like an elephant’s—and how far their necks extended from out beneath their shells.
Downtown Puerto Ayora was pretty bustling for being on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, while we were there, so was the Ecuadorian vice president; he was giving a speech in the town square, so there were crowds of thousands of people just beyond the quaint dock. Definitely not what I expected to see in the Galapagos Islands!
Heading on your own dream trip to London for the Olympics? Be sure and keep the Olympic Park map handy as you explore the sprawling city.