Jan 03, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
As we pulled into Academy Bay, the town dotted the shoreline with boats in the harbor and…humans! Some of our guests on board were here in the islands many moons ago – in fact several decades ago. They are here with family members, grandchildren that were not even born back then. Their memories are very, very different from what they see today.
The town of Puerto Ayora has grown up as well. It was a small town with dirt roads and now boasts paved roads, hotels of several stories high, solar lampposts, and last year our first stoplights!
But outside the town, in National Park lands, great improvements have been accomplished, although new challenges have appeared as well.
Giant tortoises have been one of the truly great success stories, so they were our focus and joy of the day!
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