Voyage 8431

Silver Galapagos: North Central Itinerary

 

 

Day 2 - August 3, 2014 - Genovesa Island

In the second half of the morning, after attending a Snorkelling Safety Briefing, we all went in the water. Some chose to start off from the beach at Darwin Bay, while the most daring ones (including myself) went deep-water snorkelling off the Zodiac. It was a great introduction to the underwater world of Galapagos.


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Day 3 - August 4, 2014 - Land Iguana watching us

I always recommend them to go to North Seymour to get a flavour of what Galapagos is about. You walk amidst nesting colonies of frigatebirds and boobies, skipping iguanas –both land and marine, and enjoying the playfulness of Galapagos Sea Lions. A little bit of everything –that is how I see North Seymour. 


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Day 4 - August 5, 2014 -  Rabida Island and Eden Islet 

 

The land excursion led us along a trail where we found many land birds, like the Galapagos Dove, the most beautiful of all the land birds, the inquisitive Galapagos Mockingbird, lively Galapagos Flycatcher, the Galapagos Hawk, and different species of Darwin’s finches, these small birds that inspired Darwin.

 


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Day 5 - August 6, 2014 - San Cristobal Island

I think we were all getting used to opening up our curtains or enjoying an early morning coffee on deck looking at a natural landscape –cliffs, or beaches, or leafless vegetation. But this morning, there was a town in front of us! San Cristobal is the capital of the Galapagos province and has been inhabited since the 1870s. A quaint little town has developed here, a town where sea lions and humans cohabit.


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Day 6 - August 7, 2014 - Espanola Island

Genovesa and Española are the islands to visit. Punta Suarez, our visitor site on the western coast of Espanola, is the home for several species of seabirds: Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and the star of the show –the Waved or Galapagos Albatross, the largest seabird in the Archipelago and the most tropical in its distribution.


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Day 7 - August 8, 2014 - Santa Cruz & South Plaza Islands

So, our morning included sighting this unique kind of tortoises amidst a forest of giant cacti, dozens of Darwin’s finches, a display that holds Galapagos Land Iguanas, and the rearing center with a couple of hundred of baby tortoises ranging from months old to five years of age.


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