Voyage 8301

Silver Galapagos: Santa Cruz Island

 

 

Day 1 - September 28, 2013 - Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragón

The highlight of this place is undoubtedly the Galapagos Land Iguana, a reptile once endangered that has had a comeback thanks to the management and conservation measures taken by the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation.


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Day 2 - September 29, 2013 - Genovesa Island

This morning I started my day by enjoying a spectacular sunrise as we sailed into the caldera of Genovesa Island with so many different marine birds flying across Darwin’s Bay.


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Day 3 - September 30, 2013 - Seymour and Santa Cruz Island

Our goal was to see the Giant Tortoises, the ones that gave the name to these islands - the famous Galápagos Tortoises. We felt fortunate because we saw more than a dozen of these giant reptiles in their natural environment.


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Day 4 - October 1, 2013 - Genovesa Island

We then offered the guests the opportunity to snorkel in shallow waters just outside the bay. Our guests saw their first Pacific Green Sea Turtles, Flounders and some juvenile Sea Lions playfully swimming and twirling around the awe-struck snorkelers.


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Day 5 - October 2, 2013 - La Loberia and Tijeretas, San Cristobal Island

The best welcome party that anyone can have in these islands is the sea lions, and they were all over the broad walk of town.


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Day 6 - October 3, 2013 - Espanola Island

Here we had a walk of over two hours and time went fast with all that the island has to offer. The best of all was the colony of Waved Albatross - this is the only place in the world where these birds nest.


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Day 7 - October 4, 2013 - Santa Cruz and South Plaza Islands

It was time to go for a visit to South Plaza Island. What a contrast from the morning. The island is populated by dragons of the Galapagos and land iguanas…everywhere.


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