is a wet landing onto a, literally, green beach so coloured
because it is made from olivine crystals (volcanic silicates
of magnesium and iron). Pencil sea urchins may be found on
A short walk inland and the trail comes to a brackish lagoon.
This is home to one of the biggest populations of flamingos
in the archipelago. Also present are pintail ducks and stilts.
The trail crosses a narrow neck of land and comes to a white
beach on the eastern side of the island. Ghost crabs inhabit
the beach, and rays and turtles can be seen in the sea.
To the west is "Devil's Crown" - a small islet of
jumbled rocks. It is an old spatter cone that has been eroded
by the sea. It is one of the best places in Galapagos to snorkel
with: sea turtles, Galapagos Sharks, Moray Eels, and sea lions.
Outside of the crown it is possible to see Hammerhead Sharks,
not to worry, they are not aggressive and do not enter the
the late 18th Century, whaling ships started to leave letters
for home in a barrel. The idea was that ships on their outward
voyage would leave letters for ships on the homeward voyage
to collect. The tradition has continued and it is possible
to leave postcards which will be collected by other tourists
from the same part of the world and posted by them. In the
same way, one is expected to collect any cards that it is
possible to post. Walking through this vegetation one comes
to an abandoned site where there was a short lived Norwegian
fish drying and canning operation. This lasted for about two
years from 1928.