Voyage 8432

Silver Galapagos: Western Itinerary



Day 2 - August 10, 2014 - Bartolomé and Santiago Islands

I had been amazed by the beautiful colours of the sky at sunset, bringing Santa Cruz Island on fire, and thought about the chances of getting a bright clear morning for sunrise. And indeed we got it! It was a spectacular morning at perhaps one of the most renowned places in Galapagos –Bartolomé and its Pinnacle Rock.

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Day 3 - August 11, 2014 - Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Punta Vicente Roca is one of my preferred snorkelling sites. We literally see sea turtles by the dozens here; “one per guest”, as Israel, our Expedition Leader, described it during last night’s destination briefing. Some swam along us while others slept on the sandy bottom and some others fed upside-down on the green algae.

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Day 4 - August 12, 2014 - Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay is a mangrove lagoon where we find the largest Red Mangrove trees in Galapagos. Here we did a Zodiac tour. Our goal was to see East Pacific Green Sea Turtles taking a break or swimming at leisure in the shallow waters of this mangrove lagoon -and we succeeded!

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Day 5 - August 13, 2014 - Floreana Island

For those guests who wanted to sleep a little longer, we organized two disembarkation schedules with snorkelling and/or a quiet morning on the beach. But both landings included the historical Post Office Barrel of Post Office Bay

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Day 6 - August 14, 2014 - San Cristobal Island

We went ashore and rode on a bus that crossed the island from the west coast to the east coast, going through the humid highlands to reach the Breeding Center. Here, amidst drizzle or “garua”, we saw several adults that belong to the intermediate morphotype

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Day 7 - August 15, 2014 - Santa Cruz Island

Tortoises ignored this ruling and continued migrating annually to the wet highlands to feed on grass. So, in Santa Cruz, if you want to see tortoises, you must visit a cattle ranch! Tortoises like it better there.

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