Silver Galapagos: North Central Highlights

 

 

Day 1 - October 12, 2013 - Santa Cruz Island, Cerro Dragon

As soon as we disembarked we were welcomed by Galapagos marine iguanas at the dock; flamingos, black necked stilts and plovers on a tide pool kept feeding as we went by. The sun light quality was such that flamingos seemed unreal…


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Day 2 - October 13, 2013 - Genovesa Island

In the afternoon walk along the lava flows and a strange bird of prey we mentioned before to our guests was finally found. The short-eared owl is the most impressive predator in Genovesa. It hunts during the entire day in search of small birds that use the crevices in the hardened lava as nesting ground. They are mainly Maderian and Band Rump Storm Pertrels.


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Day 3 - October 14, 2013 - North Seymour & Santa Cruz Islands

We started with the surprise of Blue Footed Boobies in front of us resting over the rocks, and with many Iguanas also enjoying the sunlit formations. It was wonderful to see the vivid blue colors of their feet, they seemed to be saying “welcome to visit my home”.


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Day 4 - October 15, 2013 - San Cristobal Island

We reach the end of the trail as we literally run out of island being reminded of our location by a lone orange marker of the Ecuadorian Oceanographic Institute beyond which the open ocean will extend for almost 1000 km all the way to the western coast of South America and the Ecuadorian Mainland.


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Day 5 - October 16, 2013 - San Cristobal Island

From the different viewpoints I saw the sunset on the opposite side of the town with beautiful colours, that was so romantic coming to the end of another special and different day in this paradise.


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Day 6 - October 17, 2013 - Española Island

I had a very pleasant walk on a fine-grained sandy beach that gave me the feeling of having a foot massage. One of the highlights of the morning excursion was definitely the presence of baby sea lions. It’s breeding season and I had the opportunity to see several newborns.


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Day 7 - October 18, 2013 - Santa Cruz & South Plazas Island

On the Cliff, the landscape was offering the opportunity to see shearwaters gliding over the ocean and also the very noisy red billed tropicbirds. There was a group of bachelor sea lions at the opposite side, some were sleeping and some were rolling their heavy bodies on the rocks.


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