Voyage 8304

Silver Galapagos: Western Itinerary



Day 1 - October 19, 2013 - Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay

We started walking and what we had ahead was an immense, bare, and black lava field. This new basaltic pahoehoe lava field was created by an eruption in 1889. Santiago island´s 2900 feet high shield volcano is one of 13 active volcanoes that are in the Galapagos archipelago!

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Day 2 - October 20, 2013 - Bartolome & Espumilla

The magnificent Island of Bartolome is one of the best places in the Galapagos to understand some of the most complex geological formations in a very simple way by just looking at the landscape.

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Day 3 - October 21, 2013 - Punta Vicente Roca & Punta Espinoza

This is the youngest island in the archipelago with an estimated age of 800,000 years. This is certainly the most pristine island in the Galapagos with no introduced mammals and other invasive species that may affect the ecology of Fernandina.

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Day 4 - October 22, 2013 - Tagus cove and Elizabeth bay

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.

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Day 5 - October 23, 2013 - Tagus cove and Elizabeth bay

I went for deep water snorkelling which was really fun, with sea lions, and a lot of fish. After that I had a zodiac tour around the islet and I spotted several interesting sea birds as the noisy red billed tropicbirds, a lot of shearwaters, and the enigmatic swallow tailed gulls were nesting in the lower part of the rookery with their chicks. Many big male sea lions were barking meanwhile the females and their babies were resting ashore.

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Day 7 - October 25, 2013 - San Cristobal Island

Later I went with the bus on a 20 minutes ride arriving to the limit between the national park area and the farming areas called Tortuga crossing, there are many giant tortoises in the wild, big males, and females wandering around and I found many more wallowing in the mud in a natural pond.

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