We had heard that for just $40 per car (only $10 a head when split between 4) we could get a taxi driver that would take us to the 3 destinations and wait whilst we explored! Excellent!
After another tasty lunch for just $4 each in Charles Binford Avenue we headed down to the main pier, met the couple and jumped in a cab.
The first stop was Los Gemelos, or in english “The Twins”. Los Gemelos are 2 huge craters formed by now extinct volcanoes. The craters are now overgrown with greenery, and it was nice to walk around the edge in the cooler "highland" region of the island. This was only a short stop to check them out. They’re huge and cool to look at however you don’t need more than 10 minutes.
The reserve is a large area of grassland where the tortoises roam free and you can walk about and have a look at them. You are requested to not touch the tortoises (obviously) and to keep a distance of 2 metres. The tortoises are good at letting you know when you get to close by hissing.
We were lucky enough to have chosen a taxi driver who came into the reserve with us and told us information about the tortoises, including their ages (some over 80 years old!).
There are at least 14 subspecies of tortoises in the Galapagos, and they can live to be 160 years old! You really have to see these guys in real life to understand how huge they are.
Whilst at the farm we observed a couple of tortoises making their own population conservation efforts. Bom chicka wow wow.
That evening we got dinner at the local fish markets. For $12 we each got a BIG, whole fish, rice, salad and some plantains. Delicious.
We still can't believe how much wildlife there is on these islands. It's incredible!