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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Ecuador and Galapagos

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz is the island with the highest population, mostly living in the main town of the archipelago, Puerto Ayora. When visitng this island, you must visit Los Gemelos (the twins), which are two pit craters just off the main road from Puerto Ayora to the airport at Baltra.
Los Gemelos are two pit craters: at one time there was a layer of lava at the surface, but volcanic action underneath it produced an underground 'bubble', then the surface collapsed into itself, creating several pit craters, of which Los Gemelos are the largest. Another attraction is the Tortoise Reserve, where a number of the endemic Santa Cruz subspecies of Giant Tortoise, Geochelone elephantopus porteri, wander free.