Dec 12, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
Today we woke up to a beautiful sunny day in the west of the Galapagos, on Isabela Island. National Geographic Islander anchored right off the coast of Alcedo Volcano, one of the six volcanoes that formed the seahorse-shaped Island of Isabela. This volcano is home to giant tortoises, which migrate down to lay their eggs. One of the places they go to is called Urbina bay, which we visited today.
As we hiked the trail of Urbina Bay at the bottom of Alcedo Volcano, we had very close encounters with two female giant tortoises and many young ones, as well as land iguanas and birds. It was a very special hike as we got to see one of the most iconic species in the Galapagos Islands - giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
In the afternoon, we moved location and anchored in a historical place for sailors and
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