On our flight to the Galapagos Islands, one of us napped and the other crammed like a school exam would be given on arrival. So, the big question: what’s the difference between tortoises and turtles? Did we somehow miss this in grade school science? We had no idea what the answer was. How humiliating would it be to not know such a basic fact when we met our guide and fellow tour members?
We found a simple answer: tortoises live on land and turtles live in the water. Both are reptiles and have shells.
Tortoises roam wild on Santa Cruz Island, freely across the preserve but sometimes stray on nearby farmland. The farmers in the area have been given payment to offset any crop loss.
Other reptiles that we learned about were the iguanas and lizards.
We started the trip with little knowledge of reptiles (Galapagos or not) and enjoyed observing all the tortoises, turtles, iguanas, and lizards that we saw on the islands. We started with only a few basic facts as the trip began, like the difference between the tortoise and turtle. During our week in the Galapagos, we learned a lot more from our Ecoventura guides.