OpenRoad Driver Volume 14 Issue 1 - Page 82

82 » OpenRoad Driver EXTRAS Edge of the World T H E G AL ÁPAG O S I S L AN D S Words and photos by Lauren Kramer » They stand like solemn sentries with wizened faces, menacing-looking claws and statuesque bodies of green, black and red leading to long spiny tails. Hundreds of marine iguanas constitute our welcoming committee on Española Island in the Galápagos archipelago, and layered one on top of the other, they block our pathway on a well-worn island trail. My group hangs back nervously, anxious at how these prehistoric reptiles will react to us. “Beware of your jugular veins!” jokes our guide, José Benavides, as he strides past them, stepping gingerly between heads and tails and encouraging us to do the same. “They’re completely harmless.”