With a relaxing hike in the morning at Cormorant Point, our day started with sightings of frigatebirds hanging around, ground finches looking for seeds, and a few flamingos in the distance. Later, we snorkeled off Champion Islet with a few reef sharks and sea lions swimming among us. The cherry on top of the ice cream came in the afternoon with some kayaking in El Mirador de la Baronesa and postcards being hand delivered in Post Office Bay.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we enjoyed the opportunity to explore the uplands of Santa Cruz, one of the largest islands of the Galápagos. The humid zone offers perfect foraging grounds for the giant tortoise; in order to find the tortoises, we travelled by bus from the north of the island to the southern side. We found large numbers of tortoises on the privately owned El Manzanillo Ranch. After a delicious lunch, we returned to our ship and weighed anchor. We had reports that Wolf Volcano, located on Isabela Island, was still active! We navigated for a few hours until we reached the coast nearest to the eruption site; from there, we admired a beautiful red glow against the dark night. What an amazing opportunity to admire the forces of nature that produced these magnificent islands!