Drew Haines is a young Canadian expat living in Ecuador. She writes the Galapagos for Kids series on Red Mangrove Blog. Learn about the Galapagos from a kids perspective.
When you travel in the Galapagos, you’ll see amazing things every day! But as with all trips, some days are more exciting than others.
I love Isabela Island, the largest Island in the Galapagos. Here is what I did (and saw) in just one day:
That was amazing! It was a rare situation; all the flamingos had gotten together to mate. There must have been about 50!
But you shouldn’t expect to see this. Our guide said that this is very, very rare. But we were really happy to be there! Who knows, you might see it too!
Well this was pretty strange. They were about the size of a golf ball and green. Our guide said that they are they are one of the most dangerous plants in the world! The apples could kill you if they were eaten. The leaves have a white sap that looks like dandelion milk. But this sap can cause very bad, painful blisters.
These apples are called Manzanilla de la muerte, or little apples of death. The only animal that can eat these little apples is the Giant Tortoise. I wonder how they do it?!
Gigantic Marine Iguanas
These Marine Iguanas were the biggest ones I ever saw! They looked a little bigger that your fat house cat. It scared me when I saw it at first! It was stretched out so I thought it was dead. But it wasn’t there when we came back so I guess it wasn’t really dead.
Read more about marine iguanas. I love marine iguanas! So I can’t wait to see them again!
These ducks were very small and colorful. I really liked them. There isn’t really much to say about them… just that I like them!
Wall of Tears
Wall of tears was really interesting… it was even a little creepy! I was amazed that people just dumped all their criminals there! Our guide said that the prisoners dropped the wall on the guards. She also said that you shouldn’t be there after 6pm, but I don’t believe that. Our guide also said that it is the cemetery. The prisoners were buried in the wall. In Spanish, it is called “muro de las lagrimas”.
On the hike we also saw lots of lava lizards.
Well, there you have it! That was an unbelievable day! I hope you will have a good experience in the Galapagos too. If you already have, please share it in the comments! Read about another great day in the Galapagos.