Day 4 |
Oct 22, 2013

Tagus cove and Elizabeth bay

By Benjamin Ayala, Naturalist

Weather: Cloudy
Air Temperature: 24ºC
Pressure: 912 hPa
Wind: 4 knots

Today, Silver Galapagos was anchored very early at Tagus Cove, northwest of Isabela Island. This place is historically very interesting because the British naturalist Charles Darwin went ashore and visited a big salt lake called Beagle. But I visited and walked close to the other lake called Darwin’s lake, along the trail of the volcanic tuff cone I spotted several Darwin finches and mockingbirds. Finally, I got to the beautiful view of northern Isabela with its impressive volcanoes and young lava flows.

After the hike, I took the zodiac and went along the coast where there were wildlife such as Flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins. I came back on board wearing my wetsuit and went in the zodiac one more time for snorkelling, which was quite interesting as I saw schools of fish, turtles grazing algae at the bottom, and a big shark that fortunately was not hungry.

Later on, I was kayaking in the cove with excellent weather, a gently breeze from the south and cloudy sky, there were no big waves, and some sea lions were very close and escorting me.

In the afternoon, Silver Galapagos anchored in another beautiful place called Elizabeth bay. Previously the ship was sailing about two hours from Tagus cove southwards and during that time a group of dolphins were seen at the starboard of the ship.

The tour for the afternoon was only zodiac tour into the estuaries surrounded by mangroves like the red and white mangroves, some of them very tall as fifteen and twenty meters. I was in the first group and the driver was very skilful manoeuvring in the shallows and the dangerous reefs.

I was really happy because the different species spotted in there, as a nice striated heron and a great blue heron. I was really impressed when I saw turtles and penguins swimming together!!!, I guess there are very few places in the world in which it is possible to see that.

Coming back to the ship I felt so astonished with the beautiful sunset taking place behind “the Marielas” three sister islets one smaller than the other, the colours were so beautiful with some degrees between red and yellow and over the surface of the ocean as well. Another day was coming to the end in this remote paradise of the world.