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Gardner Bay

The highlight of snorkeling at Gardner Bay was the sea lions. They were everywhere, weaving in and out of the snorkelers and making lightning fast dives to the bottom to fish. Very beautiful. I was also taken with the King angelfish and the rock and coral bottom made it much easier to capture them vs. […]

Giant Tortoise

When you think Galapagos, most people think of Tortoises, big ones. Over-hunting and competition with introduced animals has left its numbers close to extinction. The Galápagos National Park Service park rangers and the scientists of the Charles Darwin Research Station have been working since the 1950s to bring their numbers back. We saw and learned […]

Rabida

Rabida is a small picturesque island with red rock cliffs and maroon sand. The contrast of the red rocks, green cactus trees and the blue turquoise sea create landscapes of stunning contrast, even when you take them from the water. We saw some sea lions along the shore. I think that Mama wanted to nap […]

North Seymour Island

Today our adventure started on North Seymour Island. North Seymour is a small up-lifted island filled with a profusion of wildlife – above and below the sea. The new species today included Blue-footed Boobies, and lots of Galapagos land iguanas. Love was in the air again as Blue Footed Boobies did their mating dance. It […]

Genovesa

Our first excursion day took us just north of the equator to an island called Genovesa. The day was packed and we started with exploration at ‘Prince Philip’s Steps’, a steep path named after the Duke of Edinburgh who visited the island in 1965. We saw Nazca Boobies nesting on the ground, Red footed Boobies […]

Silversea Galapagos (day 5)

Hops, hops and more hops. We flew from Quito to Guayaquil to Baltra, rode the bus to the coast/pier and then finally took a Zodiac to the Ship. Finally we are underway.

Quito (day 4)

Another early wake up call (5:00AM) so we could catch an early Cusco to Lima flight, followed by a Lima to Quito leg. The remote destinations we chose (Machu Picchu and the Galapagos) required a lot of connecting flights. A city tour was available but we’d had enough of busses and travel for the day. This […]

Machu Picchu (day 3)

I rose at 5:45 to be at the gate when the park opened at 6. Sunrise had not yet cleared the surrounding mountains. The objective was to catch the ancient city as dawn hit. It was amazing. A magical place we will never forget. This is the site before first sun. Even at this hour […]

Machu Picchu (day 2)

After an obscenely early lobby departure (3:15) and a ride to the airport we departed for Cusco. At one point, Cusco was the main capital of the Incan empire but most of the dwellings were destroyed by the Spanish invaders centuries ago. For us, it was the beginnings of a plane, bus, train, and bus […]

Lima – Day 1 (arrival & more)

Today is the first real day of our Machu Picchu/Galapagos bucket list trip. We arrived last night (Monday) at the Lima airport at about 11:00 PM (which is in the central time zone). It was a long day considering we started from our Hotel at SFO at 4:30AM (pacific time). Lima is larger than I […]