Sierra Negra Caldera

Hiking into a Volcanic Caldera

During my trip to the Galapagos, we stayed three nights on Isabela Island.  All the islands of the Galapagos were formed by volcanoes and Isabela is no different, but it was the one island where we ventured up to, around the rim of, and into a volcanic caldera.  Isabela is also where I learned the […]

Our View on Santa Cruz

Leaving the Galapagos

Wow…we thought getting there took some steps.  Leaving took almost as many.  Breakfast was served at 7:00 am and promptly at 7:30 am our journey back to Quito began. We took a private bus from the main part of Santa Cruz to a ferry dock.  We boarded the ferry; us below and our bags haphazardly […]

Giant Sea Turtle

Swimming with Giant Sea Turtles

It’s hard to pick a highlight from my trip to the Galapagos, but swimming with the Sea Turtles is probably tied for the top (with the Penguins)*.  I’ve seen small Sea Turtles in Belize, but the massive size and quantity of the ones I got to see off the coast of Isabela is something I […]

Blue-Footed Booby

I Love Boobies…

…of the Blue-Footed type. By the way…Dad…if you are reading this you have a great hat coming your way…love you. The Galapagos is probably one of the few places where you can constantly say “I love boobies” and no one will be offended and everyone will know you are talking about Blue-Footed Boobies.  Although technically […]

Duo of Penguins

Penguin Encounters

The Galapagos penguins are the second smallest penguins in the world.  For some reason I was certain I wouldn’t see any on this trip.  I figured they would be very elusive.  Luckily I saw them three times; all three times were off the shores of Isabela.  The first time they were swimming as our boat […]

Male Tortoise Close-up

Tortoise Encounters

The lesson of the day was the difference between turtles and tortoises…it’s simple really, yet I had no idea…turtles live in water and tortoises live on land.  We got to see both giant tortoises and giant turtles.  I’ll post about the turtles later. So far we’ve visited three tortoises viewing locations.  A farm on Floreana, […]

Poser

Sea Lion Encounters

One of the first things we learned from our Intrepid guide, when we arrived on San Cristobal, was the difference between Seals and Sea Lions.  He also promised punishment for anyone who called them Seals instead of Sea Lions.  🙂 After our transport from the airport and hotel check-in, we walked to get lunch.  Along […]

Getting Ready to Land in San Cristobal

Getting to the Galapagos

Our tour with Intrepid officially started yesterday with a city tour of Quito, Ecuador but today we stepped foot on our first island in the Galapagos…San Cristobal. The day started fairly early with a 5:00 am wake-up call so that we could be in the van ready to go to the airport by 6:00 am.  […]