Today we visited two beautiful visitor sites in the Galapagos Islands, Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. Urbina was a great location for photography or just walking under the canopy of native and endemic plants looking for land iguanas, giant tortoises, and finches. Tagus Cove was visited by the great naturalist Charles Darwin, who would have seen some of the same species we saw today: Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, and more.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Early in the morning, expedition leader Carlos Romero was waiting at the disembarkation deck for early risers who wanted to hike up to the top of Bartolome Island. This was an extraordinary walk that transported us back in time right to the beginning of it all in the Galapagos. In the afternoon, we explored the waters of Sombrero Chino Island. Our guests saw many tropical fish and the elusive Galapagos penguin up close. It was a wonderful experience in yet another beautiful location. Later in the afternoon, we went exploring with our Zodiacs and spotted several penguins fishing along with blue-footed boobies and pelicans.