As we arrived at Playa Escondida (on Santa Cruz Island) we first landed on a outcropping of rocks where there were a number of animals. There were a number of blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs. The adult blue footed booby has to be one of my favorites, because of its blue [...]
Before landing on Baltra Island, you’ll fly through either Guayaquil or Quito. Guayaquil is on the Ecuador’s coast and Quito is high in the Andes. The Guayaquil airport is modern and bright. There are cafes and restaurants to relax and grab something to eat in, and there are souvenir shops with lots of interesting Ecuadorian handicrafts [...]
The wildlife of the Galapagos is one of the biggest reasons to visit. And right from your first day on the islands, you won’t be disappointed. This weeks photo is from a trip we took last week to a great place call Playa Escondida (meaning Hidden Beach) just a short boat ride from the Aventura [...]
While exploring the Galapagos Islands we went on an excursion to a place called Las Grietas on Santa Cruz Island. Las Grietas is one of the places in the Galapagos that you do not need to have a Naturalist Guide to visit. We went with Bolivar because it was our first visit and we didn’t want [...]
One of the animals everyone wants to see when they go to the Galapagos is the seal. Or it is the sea lion? Could it be both? This can be a little confusing. It was for us. I saw exciting pictures of people standing by what I thought were seals, on the beach or swimming with [...]
Many of the spectacular underwater pictures of the Galapagos include hammerhead sharks (specifically the Scalloped Hammerhead or sphyrna lewini). I was really excited about snorkeling while we were visiting the Galapagos, but I wanted to know if hammerheads were dangerous and if I was likely to see any. I have a fear of sharks. I’m not [...]
One of our favorite views in the Galapagos is right in front of the Lodge. The island and the beach are pristine. When you arrive you can choose to snorkel in the water or hike the mountain. Have you been here?
Watching animals eat is always lots of fun. Watching Giant Tortoises have lunch adds a whole new dynamic. While visiting the Charles Darwin Center on Santa Cruz Island we got to see this big old tortoise make a snack out of the trunk of a giant cactus. Of course, tortoises eat more than stringy old cactus [...]