Visiting Isla Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Archipelago

Inland Tour (continued)

 
We are walking through the mixed woodland/grassland to get to the next tourist sight on the farm.   Here's Marcie talking to a couple of other tourists. Check out the two babes and their hats—pretty cool!

 
I'm descending through a nearly obscured hole in the ground to enter a lava tunnel. (Photo by Marcie Connelly-Lynn.)   Looking back up at the entrance to the lava tunnel.

 
Marcie and David standing in the lava tunnel where it was quite large.  


 
Marcie passing through a portion of the tunnel where the ceiling dropped and decreased the headroom.  


 
I'm passing through the same part of the tunnel. (Photo by Marcie Connelly-Lynn.)  

José drove us to another part of the ranch where we could walk through an underground lava tunnel. Eons ago, the entire island had been formed by lava flowing downslope from the high central volcano. In many places, the flowing lava cooled and hardened on the surface while molten lava continued to flow underground. When the eruption ceased, the molten lava drained out and left behind an underground tunnel.

To enter the tunnel we descended a steep man-made stairway then walked along the rough floor. The tunnel was quite large and in some places fairly uniform in size, reminding me of a tunnel for a subway train. We walked through a length of dank irregular tunnel to an exit some distance away; they had strung up lights so we could see where we were going. At one point, the tunnel roof descended but the floor remained level, so the headroom steadily decreased until we were crawling on our hands and knees to squeeze through the small passageway. At the other end of the tunnel we climbed a steep rocky path through an opening to bright daylight where José awaited us.


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