Today we visit “El Junco”, the only permanent freshwater lakes in the Galapagos. This crater lake is home to frigate birds, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks and more. With some luck we’ll witness the unique ritual of frigate birds washing the salt from their feathers in the lake’s fresh water.
After a short drive we stop at a wonderful breeding center where tortoises roam free. We walk for an hour among these wild giant tortoises and learn about conservation efforts to preserve these endangered, endemic species.
We continue to Hacienda Tranquila where we stop for lunch. This is a fantastic opportunity to share in the local lifestyle of the Galapagos Highlands. We´ll walk through native fruit trails and taste oranges, passion fruit, guavas, Pomarrosa (rose apple), ovos and other exotic varieties. We can help feed the farm animals and learn about coffee harvesting methods.
We spend the afternoon there and catch a beautiful sunset behind Kicker Rock from the viewpoint. Giant swing optional! (B, L)