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Travel Diary: Cycling the Galapagos Islands on the island of Santa Cruz

Travel Diary: Cycling the Galapagos Islands on the island of Santa Cruz

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Our final day in the Galapagos Islands was an active one. We hired bikes for $15 for the day complete with helmets and a tool kit (I’m still impressed with being given a tool kit!). Here’s where we wound up on our trip cycling the Galapagos Islands!

cycling santa cruz galapagos islands

Cycling the Galapagos Islands

Our destination was El Garrapatero beach on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz, 21km away. There were some steep hills in the mix too; a bit harsh for someone who hasn’t really done any exercise in three months!

cycling santa cruz galapagos islands

On the way we passed through Bellavista where we spotted a sign for some lava tunnels. We’d seen some lava tunnels in Santa Rosa, but these claimed to be the 2nd longest lava tunnels in South America. We decided to give them a go and for $3 we were provided with a torch and shown the way down.

cycling santa cruz galapagos islands

The whole tunnel is 2250m long, but visitors can only walk 800m of it. They’re far more impressive than the tunnels in Santa Rosa: taller, deeper and longer. It’s a shame more guide books and tours don’t mention these ones.

cycling santa cruz galapagos islands

cycling santa cruz galapagos islands
cycling santa cruz galapagos islands

Continuing on route with some more up and down cycling we eventually reached the downhill section we’d been waiting for. We wooshed down at speed. The enjoyment was ruined every so slightly by the thought that we’d beep climbing back up these steep hills in a few hours…

cycling santa cruz galapagos islands
cycling santa cruz galapagos islands

Our reward for two hours cycling was another beautiful beach. After a much needed dip to cool down we tucked into peanut butter sandwiches, and I fell asleep for the next few hours.

As expected the road back was not fun to start with. I felt like I was going nowhere on some of the hills! The only thing getting me through was the thought of the downhill once we reached Bellavista again (and some gummy bears!).

Kerri Heritage

Friday 15th of August 2014

I don't think I've ever been underground like that, there are some mines here in Belgium that you can go into, which we are planning to visit at some point. Nice reward for a good cycle! Looks like there was no one else there too.