|Rugged shoreline at James Bay on Santiago Island|
|Most islands, including Sombrero Chino, were home to sea lions.|
|Blue footed boobies were plentiful on Santa Fe island.|
We quickly paddled our kayak to the appointed spot and saw the furry baby snuggled under its mother. While we missed the actual emergence witnessed by the others, we still felt lucky to observe the earliest moments of this new life. Experiences like this made our Galapagos adventure with International Expeditions a trip to remember.
|A puffed up frigate hopes to attract a mate.|
|Soft white sand on Mosquera Island, home to hundreds of sea lions.|
Puffed-up frigate birds, Darwin’s finches, elusive hawks and owls, and boobies (the red-footed and blue-footed varieties) provided entertainment during our twice-daily walks. We watched rituals such as frigates inflating their huge, red pouches and blue-footed boobies awkwardly dancing before mating. Beautifully colored fish, sharks, rays, tortoises, and sea lions turned our daily snorkeling excursions into playful episodes.
|Swimming with sea turtles off Champion Island|
|Golden sunset at Commorant Point|
Each evening our guides presented an informational program about what we had just seen and would see the following day, with an emphasis on land conservation and protecting indigenous species. After dinner we were free to enjoy the bar, swap experiences, or lounge on the outside decks looking at the night sky. Since we were kept busy and active, we appreciated whatever downtime we had.
|A bit of silly fun after snorkeling|
|Iguanas populate almost all the Galapagos Islands.|
Our ship, the MV Evolution is in the background.
A Galapagos Island adventure is a nature-filled voyage to remote, protected, and sometimes desolate areas. This may not be everyone’s ideal vacation, but if you appreciate seeing wildlife in their natural habitat and experiencing a variety of island topographies, it’s a destination you’ll enjoy exploring. It’s a photographer’s paradise, too, so be sure to bring your camera.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier