Laguna de los Flamingos + Reserva de las Tortugas

-pleasant walk (approx. 30-45 minutes each way) to the lake of pink flamingos and the tortoise breeding centre, chance to see a variety of birds.

– FREE!

Laguna de los Flamingos, Isabela, Galápagos Islands
Laguna de los Flamingos, Isabela, Galápagos Islands

To the west of the main plaza, there are a series of salt lakes. Running through them, you will find a boardwalk which continues for a mile or so past the lakes and through a wooded reserve of mangrove trees and then further on cacti. It’s a pleasant place to seek shade and sit down at one of the bench spots along the way.

It’s not the most picturesque of views, but there is a lot of wildlife to see in this nature reserve. On the salt floor by the edge of the water, we saw hundreds of fascinating small crabs, very unique with one pincer much larger than the other. As well as the striking elegant pink flamingos, there were many other species of birds to watch out for too. This little guy came wandering up to us along the path:

Galápagos Bird, Isabela Island
Galápagos Bird, Isabela Island

After a mile or so, you’ll reach the giant tortoise reserve. It’s perhaps not as attractive or big as the Darwin Centre on Santa Cruz, but there are lots more tortoises to see and you are able to get closer to them. They really are fascinating to watch!

Giant tortoises, Breeding Centre, Isabela, Galápagos Islands
Giant tortoises, Breeding Centre, Isabela, Galápagos Islands

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