Voyage 8430

Silver Galapagos: Western Itinerary



Day 2 - July 27, 2014 - Bartolomé and Santiago Islands

We snorkelled in deep water, and afterwards, did a Zodiac tour along a picturesque coastline which featured high cliffs made out of tuff-stone, interesting geologic features such as bombs and dikes, and amazing rock formations such as one called The Bishop.

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Day 3 - July 28, 2014 - Isabela and Fernandina Islands

And there were marine iguanas. The densest colony of the largest race of marine iguana occurs at Punta Espinoza, a place full of energy; we had to keep our eyes opened to determine whether what we were looking at was lava or iguanas.

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Day 4 - July 29, 2014 - Isabela Island

The morning activities also included kayaking and snorkelling. I joined the snorkelling trip –but the water was a little bit chilly and quite murky. Nonetheless, I managed to see a couple of sea turtles, which is always a thrilling sighting.

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Day 5 - July 30, 2014 - Guests dropping mail at Post Office Bay

We had some time off to relax at the beach of Post Office Bay after stopping briefly at the Post Office Barrel. A historical site linked to the whaling days, Post Office Bay is a place where whalers set up a barrel to drop their mail. 

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Day 6 - July 31, 2014 - Sea lions snoozing on the beach

Our afternoon was delightful. We repositioned to Cerro Brujo, on the western coast of San Cristobal. This is a beautiful long sandy beach that hosts a large sea lion colony. We had time off here, so we walked along the shoreline, some went swimming off the beach, and others were looking for birds such as pelicans and shorebirds.

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Day 7 - August 1, 2014 - A Giant Tortoise in the wild

To visit a private tortoise reserve, “El Manzanillo”. We had an exquisite morning spotting dozens of these ancient reptiles. There were some lagoon birds as well, such as the White-cheeked or Bahamas Pintail Duck, and Common Gallinule or Moorhen.

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