From the National Geographic Endeavour in the Galapagos
Jan 27, 2013 - National Geographic Endeavour
North Seymour and Rabida
After an early morning wake up the National Geographic Endeavour explorers are gathering what they need to get ready for their first expedition of the day, in what they know is a very special location. Breakfast is not taking long, and soon after it we are all boarding the Zodiacs to begin our expedition, landing on a very rocky disembarkation on the island of Seymour. It is hot today and the first recommendation is to keep rehydrating. Besides the sun we have high humidity challenging the visit, but it is all part of the adventure.
In the rocky part of the path there are an endless number of attractions such as frigates and iguanas, and we all have the cameras ready to get the best pictures possible. The dry vegetation is a clear evidence of how late the rain is this rainy season. We wonder how much longer it will take to rain for a nice green contrast in the coastal line that always give a more vivid picture of the Galapagos vegetation in this part where it does not rain much.
As we walk more inland the path holds more of what we like to see. Blue-footed boobies are dancing and the reaction of the explorers doesn’t take long - we are laughing and looking for the best angle to capture these elegant movements of the birds trying to impress each other. To end our exploration in this island we walk along an open trail by the coast. The ocean, with its beautiful color, gives the best of the impressions of the magnificence of the environment in our surroundings.
After all this we walk back to landing site and get on Zodiacs to ride back to the ship and prepare everything for the afternoon adventure that is taking place in another different island.
We arrive just off Rabida, anchor in time, and the guests are ready to begin our explorations. They gear up and this time we start with aquatic activities. Deep water snorkelers and kayakers are aligned and ready. The coast of the island is our destination we expect many varieties of tropical and reef fish, marine iguanas and birds.
It goes better than expected, with Galapagos sharks, white tipped reef sharks, and more underwater. Birds plunging and hard diving all over the coast of Rabida is just a little to describe how intense the action is.
To end the day, a very nice relaxing walk was waiting for us on the beach of the red island in Galapagos. It’s good to talk about the sea lions and the great view you can get if you walk up hill in this little island at the south of Santiago the fourth largest island in the archipelago.