GALAPAGOS TURTLES AND MORE

When we decided to visit Galapagos, there were several things on our agenda. We were ready for some tropical sun and humidity, ready to be a beach bum but above it all we went to Galapagos to see animals. When we reached Galapagos we were in quest of the National Galapagos Park but quickly learned the entire protected area was called the National Park. Charles Darwin put Galapagos on the world stage by creating his theory of natural selection at Galapagos. We began our quest for animals at the Charles Darwin Research Institute where we saw several turtles behind cages. We saw small turtles as young as few weeks old and big turtles just chilling and enjoying the ambience. Turtles from all over the world are brought to the Charles Darwin Institute to be protected. When they are little, they have numbers written on your shell and each of their cages have the country of origin and the year of birth on them. Besides turtles they had iguanas. My favorite was the posing supermodel Iguana who gave us different angle shots. He was the Tyra Banks of the Iguana world!
We did not go to Galapagos to see turtles in cages. We were hungry for more and made our way to the Moreno Family Ranch per our hotel’s suggestion. We had no idea what the turtle watching would include. We were asked to change into our rubber shoes from our regular ones and off we went through slush and mud, sinking in deeper that I had hoped in anticipation of the turtles. We saw them under trees, chilling on the grass and just walking beside us. The highlight for me included touching one of them only to see the Do not touch the animals sign few feet away. We got growled at by one big guy but all in all it was a spectacular day in Galapagos.

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