ROSA .... LotA
trip into the highlands is so different from the coast. The towns
are smaller, quieter, and slower. All that is great, unless you are
stranded there during a tsunami.
Then, you kind of miss the fact that you can't find a hotel. As soon
as you arrive in the highlands, you also appreciate a much cooler
you do make it to Santa Rosa, it probably isn't to see the tiny little
town. More than likely, you pass through it on your way to Rancho
Premicias. That's your destination if you want to see the Santa Cruz
tortoises in their natural environment.
arranged a taxi to take me there. I expected the driver to wait
in the car while I explored. That wasn't the case. This man
gave me more than I expected. When we arrived at Rancho Premicies,
my driver was also my guide. I really didn't think I needed
a guide, but I was wrong. No matter how big those tortoises
were, and they were really big, it was easy for me to walk past them.
But, my guide didn't seem to miss anything.
time we left the trail. It was bramble, blackberry bushes (who
knew they were in the Galapagos Islands?), vines and branches.
To be very honest, I didn’t enjoy the moment. Clothes
and skin were caught by the stickers. But, my guide was a man
on a mission and I followed the best I could. He heard a tortoise
beyond the bramble, and we just had to find it.
were other tourists Rancho Premicias. Some were in packs of
sixteen, following their guide in all in a single file row.
I would have hated that. I much preferred my hike with a personal
guide, except for the thorns.