Santa Cruz

We stayed in a nice hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora, which was the biggest town on the islands with 12000 inhabitants.

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I never stayed in a hotel with cactus growing through the ceiling.

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and a bell on the roof

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or two domes on top of each other

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Santa Cruz is roughly circular and is of course an extinct vulcano with a collapsed crater. It’s highest point is 864 meters above sea level. This meant that the island had several climate zones with  constant clouds with drizzle and rain on the top while it was very dry just a relatively short distance further north.

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Here you can see the clouds on the top, and you can also see that the trees on the beach look barren and dry.

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