Voyage 8429

Silver Galapagos: North Central



Day 2 - July 20, 2014 - Genovesa Island

Of the three species of boobies that occur in Galapagos, the Red-footed Booby is the smallest and the one to nest on the outer islands due to its pelagic feeding habit. Red-footed Boobies have prehensile feet and, as a consequence, nest on trees.

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Day 3 - July 21, 2014 - North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands

We visited “El Manzanillo Tortoise Reserve” where we found several tortoises munching on the wet grass or taking quite-refreshing mud baths. Afterwards, we relaxed and enjoyed some tropical fruit that grow organically on the highlands of Santa Cruz

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Day 4 - July 22, 2014 - Rabida Island and Eden Islet

We took a morning walk in one of the most colourful islands in the Galápagos, an excursion that started with a wet landing on iron-red sand where Galapagos Sea Lions dozed off. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos Mockingbirds, and Galapagos Doves escorted our way through a striking forest of Prickly Pear Cactus

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Day 5 - July 23, 2014 - Wreck Bay Puerto Baquerizo

We anchored at Wreck Bay (not an encouraging name for an anchoring site) and rode Zodiacs to the Municipal pier. A 45-minute bus ride along a dirt road brought us from western San Cristobal to the eastern side. Here, we visited the tortoise breeding and rearing centre.  

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Day 6 - July 29, 2014 - Española Island

We had a wet landing on this gorgeous white sandy beach where we could stroll at our own pace. I decided to head on to the very end of the beach, and it turned out to be a great walk. Galapagos Sea Lions were basking on the sand, there were Hood Island or Española Mockingbirds everywhere I looked

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Day 7 - July 25, 2014 - Santa Cruz and South Plaza Islands

At the Darwin Station we learned about these efforts, and also got to see the saddleback Giant Tortoises, namely the extant adult population of Española Island, one of the two islands with which the breeding in captivity program was launched in the late 1960s.

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