Sunday, February 8th - Today we get to explore one of the most popular of all the Galapagos Islands, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. Once upon a time violent eruptions occurred on the island, and evidence of this lies in the caves where lava oozed in different directions. We are scheduled to walk through these lava tubes. This is also the place where highland vegetation has taken over the volcanic boulders. These plants provide food for the Galapagos’ largest reptile: the giant tortoises. Watching these ancient reptiles roving in the wild should be unforgettable. The island also hosts Ecuador’s largest conservation effort: The Charles Darwin Research Station. The reserve it is made up of the famous tortoises that weigh 200 pounds. On the northern side of this large island we hope to see iguanas and giant tree-cacti (scroll mid-way down page).
Tomorrow we fly to Lima, Peru where we will spend the night before heading into the jungle. Join me on Tuesday and we'll tour the Amazon.
Saturday, February 7th - Today we get to visit SANTIAGO ISLAND. We expect to walk along the rocky coast enjoying some of the Galapagos Island’s best tide pools where sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish (including the endemic four-eyed blenny) can be seen. In the afternoon, we'll sail to RABIDA ISLAND. where red is the most prevalent color. The male frigate bird (above) carries a red pouch, the oystercatcher holds a red beak, the male vermillion flycatcher stands out from plants with its bright red color, and even the terrain is red, as it stands out against the blue ocean. I expect this island is an artist’s and photographer’s dream.
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Today we are touring the northern part of Isabella Island which we are told will be remote, wild and even forbidding. The main feature is a line of volcanoes. Volcan Darwin was named to honor Charles Darwin, the Galapagos’ most famous visitor. The Equator runs through the caldera of Volcan Wolf which is named after the Ecuadorian geologist. Sailing around Volcan Ecuador, we will see that half of the volcano has slipped into the ocean. In the afternoon we will arrive at Fernandina Island and venture off the vessel. Here we will see a wide variety of animals such as marine and land iguanas, tortoises, hawks, sea lions and a great variety of sea birds, such as the flightless cormorants.