Nov 14, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
After breakfast, we had a wet landing to explore Urbina bay, a visitor site at the belly of the seahorse-shaped island. Right at the beginning of the hike, we encountered a male giant tortoise walking in the middle of the path slowly making its way into the bushes.
This trail goes along an uplifted terrine, where the bottom of the ocean rose above sea level. Several of the rocks on the side of the trail were covered with barnacles and shells that are usually found underwater. We even found a sand dollar about 200 meters off the coast into the island. We were lucky to spot several giant tortoises under the shade as well as large land iguanas building their nesting grounds and getting a bit territorial towards other iguanas in the area as the breeding season has begun.
After lunch, we navigated towards Tagus Cove. Here we went kayaking, snorkeling, Zodiac riding, and even hiking. During the kayak and Zodiac ride, one could spot several flightless cormorants perched on the coastline, Galapagos penguins getting ready to rest, and young brown pelicans. Some of us that went on a hike could see a crater lake and an extraordinary landscape on the side of the uphill trail.
This was definitely another incredible day in the Galapagos.
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