Conference On the Origin (and Evolution) of Baryonic Galaxy Halos 
MARCH 13th-17th, 2017 
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GROUP EXCURSION (on Wednesday, March 15th, 14:00-20:00): This event, organized by the Local Organizing Committee as a contribution to the Conference participants (companions are welcome), is provided free of charge.
Participants who decide to take part in this excursion can select only one of the three different choices that we offer below, in order to visit the attractions of Santa Cruz islands and its flora, fauna and landscapes.
Guided tours: These are guided tours with availability limited to 45 people each. If the limit for any of the options is reached, those who reserved early will be given preference.
Choice 1: Santa Cruz Highland
The Highlands of Santa Cruz offer a lush contrast to the beaches and arid lowlands found elsewhere on the island. In this trip we will visit the Twin Craters, geologic collapses in the middle of a Scalesia Forest. These are two enormous collapsed lava chambers, a great reminder to the majestic power of nature and the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands Primicias Ranch: Private property of more than 150 hectares. This part of the tour lasts 30 minutes, which lets you see the huge Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Lava tunnels: A partially collapsed lava tube. Lava tubes form when the surface layer of lava flow cools on contact with cooler ambient air. It is a good place to observe finches and other land birds. In the same spot you can see white owls in the lava tube.
Choice 2: Tortuga Bay
Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach, is named for being a nesting site for the black turtle.
It can be reached by panga or walking from Puerto Ayora (2.5 km from Baltra Avenue to the end of the brava beach). The Estimated walking time is 50 minutes.
The beach is perfectly preserved and there are wild animals such as iguanas and crabs . You are only allowed to swim in the lagoon that is separated from the beach. You will get an eye full of sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas and Darwin’s finches while you walk down the shore. If you are given to snorkeling or surfing,
Choice 3: Garrapatero
The Garrapatero is a beautiful unspoiled beach, located at 19 km. Northeast of Puerto Ayora where you can enjoy the turquoise water. Located east of the town of Bellavista - The Rubble. Here you can be found a pond where you can see flamingos, black-necked ducks. In addition Galapagos finches and migratory birds. Garrapatero: Surrounded by beautiful mangrove trees, the beach is home to an incredible array of birds, most notably flamingos and mockingbirds. You can also find marine iguanas, shrimp, Galapagos penguins, oystercatchers, and patillos amongst the white sands and clear blue water. On the trails there is also a freshwater lake nearby housing even more tropical animals such as herons, loons, and many shorebirds.
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