.@FinchBayHotel .@MetroTouring #Galapagos #Ecuador #Tortoise #Tortuga #Photo

A selection of Galapagos Giant Tortoise photos taken in the ‘Highlands’ of Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos Archipelago offshore Ecuador, South America. Something prehistoric about these ancient looking creatures and, without anthropomorphising too much, full of character.

We stayed at the excellent Finch Bay Eco-Hotel and had a variety of fantastic, well-organised trips to see the unusual wildlife and landscape. We had good guides, in particular Valentine, who was easy-going, yet knowledgeable and authoritative, plus a friendly team in the hotel led by yer man Carlos.

Muddy Pool, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Muddy Pool, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Cautious, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Cautious, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Saliva, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Saliva, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Venerable, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Venerable, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Eye, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Eye, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Eye, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.
Eye, Giant Tortoise, Galapagos.

And her’s a shot from the Tortoise breeding programme to conserve the species endemic to the various islands. As you can see, this wee fella is tiny compared to the fully grown adult above.

Baby Giant Tortoise, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Baby Giant Tortoise, Galapagos, Ecuador.

And finally, walking out of the picture…

On The Move, Giant Toroise, Galapagos.
On The Move, Giant Toroise, Galapagos.

More to follow as I work through what I shot. In the meantime, you may want to look at these previous posts on Ecuador.

Amazonian Rainforest.

Andean Cloudforest.

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