Los Tú­ne­les / The Tun­nels

Nan Magazine - - VIAJE ÑAN / ÑAN JOURNEY -

Una de las aven­tu­ras más emo­cio­nan­tes del área de Puer­to Villamil es la vi­si­ta a Los Tú­ne­les. Es lo más cer­cano a al­can­zar el mun­do ais­la­do de Ga­lá­pa­gos que se vi­si­ta en cru­ce­ro des­de una es­ta­día en ho­tel. Pa­ra lle­gar, hay que con­fiar cie­ga­men­te en el ca­pi­tán, quien na­ve­ga­rá so­bre una ola te­me­ra­ria pa­ra al­can­zar la plá­ci­da en­se­na­da don­de des­can­san los la­be­rín­ti­cos ar­cos de la­va. Es la Ve­ne­cia de tor­tu­gas ma­ri­nas ex­ce­si­va­men­te gran­des y pre­cio­sas ra­yas águi­la que se es­con­den en pis­ci­nas que­das y cris­ta­li­nas, mo­vi­li­zán­do­se en el agua co­mo si vo­la­ran, ele­gan­tes, den­tro y fue­ra de la zo­na de man­gla­res que bor­dea la cos­ta. So­bre las ro­cas, pi­que­ros pa­tas azu­les a ve­ces ofre­cen una dan­za de cor­te­jo a los que es­tén pa­ra pre­sen­ciar­la. Rea­li­zar snor­ke­ling en la zo­na (guías sa­ben dón­de y cuán­do es el me­jor mo­men­to pa­ra zam­bu­llir­se) es uno de los gran­des atrac­ti­vos. Pe­ces fluo­res­cen­tes, co­lo­ri­dos co­ra­les, lan­gos­tas, fa­mi­lias en­te­ras de ra­yas águi­la, una opor­tu­ni­dad do­ra­da de na­dar con pin­güi­nos y de ver un ca­ba­lli­to de mar en aguas po­co pro­fun­das, son só­lo al­gu­nas de las ex­pe­rien­cias inol­vi­da­bles que es­pe­ran.

By far, the most ex­ci­ting ad­ven­tu­re, in every sen­se of the word, ac­ces­si­ble from Puer­to Villamil, is Los Tu­ne­les. Lo­ca­ted about an hour west of town, it is the clo­sest thing to reaching un-in­ha­bi­ted Ga­lá­pa­gos you can mus­ter wit­hout boo­king a crui­se tour. To get the­re, you must blindly trust the boat’s cap­tain, who will surf a te­rrif­ying wa­ve in or­der to reach the calm in­let whe­re the Tu­ne­les’ laby­rinth of la­va ar­ches awaits. Ho­me to ex­ces­si­vely lar­ge sea turtles and Spot­ted ea­gle rays, who lurk in the quiet pools as they tran­sit in and out of the man­gro­ve beds that li­ne the coast, on land, you may al­so catch Blue-foo­ted Boo­bies of­fe­ring their cha­rac­te­ris­tic cour­ts­hip dan­ce to a ma­te and who­me­ver el­se is wat­ching. Snor­ke­ling in the area (gui­des know whe­re and when it’s best, lo­gis­ti­cally, to ta­ke a dip) is spec­ta­cu­lar on all ac­counts. Neon-co­lo­red fish, sharks, lobs­ter, fa­mi­lies of Ea­gle Rays, a gol­den op­por­tu­nity to swim with me­llow pen­guins (and baby pen­guins, as well), and a chan­ce of seeing a Ga­lá­pa­gos sea hor­se in sha­llow wa­ter are only so­me of the un­for­get­ta­ble ex­pe­rien­ces here.

Puen­tes y tú­ne­les na­tu­ra­les pa­ra apre­ciar de cer­ca la vi­da en la su­perf­cie del mar. / Na­tu­ral brid­ges and tun­nels allow vi­si­tors to dis­co­ver a spec­ta­cu­lar un­der­wa­ter realm along Isabela’s coast.

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