Nov 13, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
This morning dawned windy and clear and we were already all shellbacks by the time we came out on deck, having crossed the Equator from south to north in the wee hours of the morning. We navigated along the northern shores of Isabela Island with the dramatic silhouettes of shield volcanoes in the clouds and spied a few leaping
We crossed back into the southern hemisphere – all crowded together in the bridge to watch the GPS countdown – and then went on a fabulous Zodiac cruise along the base of the thousand foot high cliffs at Punta Vicente Roca. We found and photographed penguins, sea turtles, huge marine iguanas in territorial battles, fur seal and sea lions. Back to the ship we went, where we wiggled into our wetsuits and then headed out to snorkel with all these marine creatures plus
Our afternoon hike at Punta Espinoza was other-worldly. Reptiles rule in the Galapagos because they can get to oceanic islands on vegetation rafts that float far out to sea. Fernandina is one of the most
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