I made it to the Galapagos Islands!

I arrived on the Galápagos Islands three days ago. It has been my dream to visit the islands ever since I learned about Charles Darwin when I was 11-years-old.

I was surprised to learn that there is a population of about 40,000 people living here, but was happy in a way because it means I there are Couchsurfers here. Yay!

The thing that makes me sad it the evil capitalism that it abundant here. Everything is super expensive and so it's very difficult to keep to budget. For the last few days I've been desperately searching for a cheap cruise - which is the only way to get a decent idea of the animal life on the islands. Usually it's cheaper if you wait until the last minute but unfortunately that only saved me US$20.

Anyway, my 6-night cruise leaves in 2-hours so this will be my last live-post for a week. But I've written a few posts in advance and have scheduled them to be published over the next few days. Enjoy, and as always, comments are much appreciated. :)

[Below] There are several places you can go for free on the islands - not considering the national park's mandatory US$100 fee, paid upon arrival at the airport . The following photos are from these free places.

[Above and Below] Giant turtles in the wild. There are several ranches in the highlands to which the giant turtles migrate in the dry season - as it's a lot wetter there.

[Below] I can see up your nose!

[Above and Below] The beach at Tortuga Bay ("Turtle Bay").

[Below] By the port.

[Above and Below] There are many land iguanas and marine iguanas...

[Above and Below] ...and many, many species of birds.

[Below] In the highlands there are many lava tubes - created when the surface of flowing lava solidified while the lava beneath kept flowing.

[Above and Below] The fishermen and their friends.

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