In Santa Cruz, we did a bunch of snorkeling and went to the beach. It was all really beautiful and we saw some sharks, pelicans, and a couple of penguins. My favorite place in Santa Cruz is called Las Grietas, or the cracks. It is a place where two cliffs border a "crack" full of brackish water. The best part is you can climb the rocks and jump into the water. It was pretty terrifying but so much fun when I finally got myself to jump.
When we went to Bartolome we swam with a penguin! The Galapagos penguin is the only penguin that lives north of the equator, and it is adorable. At Bartolome, we snorkeled around this beautiful beach that ended in this gorgeous projection called Pinnacle Rock. We also hiked up one of the hills to see an amazing view. Like a lot of what we saw, there was mostly lava rock with sparse vegetation. The Galapagos was made completely from a hot spot in the ocean, and as the tectonic plate below them moves, so will the islands, with new ones being made. The islands move to the east about 7 cm every year.
|Inside the cave|