I woke up on Day 4 super nervous for our boat ride back to Isla Santa Cruz. After my first boat ride experience, I wasn’t too excited to get on another one. While we headed to the dock to get our bags searched and board our boat taxi, we saw a few marine iguanas and sea lions!
We boarded our boat and had a nice, calm 1.5 hour ride to Isla Santa Cruz. Thank the Lord! We had some free time to check into our hotel, eat lunch, and walk around Puerto Ayora again. Kelsey and I did some souvenir shopping and hunted down ice cream!
Next, our group got together and hiked to Tortuga Bay, which is where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes. We walked along a path for about 45 minutes surrounded by different trees including cacti. I saw many different kinds of birds, lizards, and bugs during the hike as well.
Once we made it to the beach, we still had to hike to the bay. The tide was unusually high and didn’t leave us much room to walk. There was a lot of debris in the water and on the shore from the storm, which made it difficult to walk without stepping on something! We finally made it to the bay and enjoyed swimming in the warm water. It was a nice break from the heat and humidity!
Unfortunately, we had to leave the bay before dusk to avoid mosquitoes. After our long walk back to the hotel, we had a free night for dinner and more island exploring. The next morning, we woke up bright and early and headed to the Charles Darwin Research Center, which I’ll talk about in my next post!
Here’s a short video from Day 4!