August 2013

My favorite place to see giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands is on Floreana Island. There is a tortoise reserve in the highlands of Floreana where you can get close to the tortoises in their natural setting. The tortoise reserve is in a wooded area and there are a few feeding platforms where the tortoises [...]

On Santa Cruz Island, you can walk through lava tunnels. On our last hike to Volcan Chico (Isabela Island) we saw smaller versions of these tunnels: lava tubes. Our guide explained that while the lava flow begins to cool and harden on the outside, the lava remains hot and liquid inside. Eventually the hardened lava forms [...]