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Exploring the Floreana Highlands
Spend a full day exploring the amazing views of the Floreana highlands.
After breakfast, you will jump on the open-air ‘Chiva’ bus to explore the Floreana highlands. On the way, your guide will share the colourful history of some of Floreana's first inhabitants, such as the Wittmers (whose descendants still live on the Island), the ‘Baroness,’ and the pirates that once visited here. They will also tell you about the ‘Enigma of Floreana’, involving the mysterious deaths of several of the Island´s inhabitants.
After driving into the highlands, you will reach Asilo de la Paz (Peace Haven) where your hike begins. Here you can explore the pirate caves and visit the freshwater spring that provides water for the entire Island. Along the way, you can expect to see giant tortoises lumbering around in the vegetation or even on the trail.
You will then wander through a rural area where the local people grow produce for their own consumption. This is a fascinating example of how the island people survived in this remote place and over the years were able to develop an understanding of the local environment and now work to preserve their unique agricultural knowledge. On your way back to the coast, you can stop at Claudio’s farm, ‘La Primavera’, where we you can see the extraordinary behaviour of the frigate birds who ‘dance’ as they wash their salty wings in the fresh water lake on the farm. With a little bit of luck, you may be able to see males puffing up the red pouches on their chests to try and attract females.
From La Primavera farm you will continue by chiva down to Las Palmas, where the Island’s first permanent inhabitant, the eccentric Dr. Ritter, lived and is buried. Making your way back to the lodge, you will be treated to views of Floreana’s incredible shoreline.
Back at the lodge a very special barbecue lunch will be prepared for you, featuring delicious family recipes, which you can enjoy in a family style.
After lunch, you will an afternoon at leisure to practice your kayak or SUP skills, snorkel in La Loberia or simply relax and take in the beautiful Galapagos views from the Lava Lodge.
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