We spent the whole day at Isabela Island, located in the western part of the archipelago. In the morning, we went out for a hike at Urbina Bay. This visitor site is of recent formation. The upheaval just occurred in 1954, and the place thrives with wildlife. It is home for several species of Darwin’s finches, the Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos land iguanas. Sometimes, Alcedo giant tortoises visit this site, too. The tortoises were numerous this morning, and it was a delight to see them walking along the trails. In the afternoon, we visited the historical site Tagus Cove. Once a place to drop anchor and look for water and food, it is now a great place to kayak and paddleboard. It was fantastic, and we enjoyed every minute. The highlight was to be so close to a huge manta ray. Snorkelers were able to enjoy that, too, and we finished the day with an invigorating hike to the top of the cone and a great Zodiac ride to observe Galapagos penguins! What a fantastic day!
National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we visited the northern part of Santa Cruz. This area is pristine and uninhabited. After a dry landing on the lava rocks, we went farther inland to observe the Galapagos land iguanas. These endemic reptiles are found only in the Galapagos Archipelago. We were lucky to see several land iguanas right on the trail. This visitor site is very scenic, a wonderful place to capture landscape pictures. The afternoon was spent at Bahia Borrero. It was a busy afternoon with options for everyone! Kids were having fun learning how to drive Zodiacs, while kayakers and paddleboarders explored the coastal area. There were also Zodiac cruises, and we all enjoyed great weather conditions and the amazing wildlife. It is a unique opportunity to see Pacific green sea turtles, striated herons, blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, baby blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, and even a tiger shark…all at the same time and in the same place. It was a fantastic day, and we made great memories!