Mar 13, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
Today we followed Charles Darwin steps and visited one of the islands he set foot on, Floreana Island. This island is an inhabited island with a couple hundred residents which main economic activity is agriculture; however, our visit was on the National Park area of the island where the stars of the show were sea birds, turtles among other wildlife and a wooden box that took us back in time.
In the morning we had a beautiful early hike to Cormorant Point; we encountered blue-footed boobies dancing, flamingoes marching and turtle trails and nests. The morning continued in the water with a spectacular snorkel around Champion Islet, we swam with playful sea lions; we saw rays, sharks, and multiple fish such as parrotfish, razor surgeons and a stone scorpionfish.
In the afternoon, we moved to a new location in Floreana Island and went back in time at Post Office Bay. This place has the oldest postal system in the South Pacific Ocean and our guests got to send their mail here and be part of the tradition at Post Office Bay. The history says that any sailor passing through here could collect mail addressed to the location they were sailing next and hand delivered the post cards, that way all sailors around the world could stay in contact with their relatives. The rest of the afternoon continue on the water again but this time above water on kayaks, paddle boards and zodiacs spotting sea lions, sea birds, turtles and rays as the sun went down once again in magical Galapagos Islands!
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