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Last day – back to Baltra and then home

It was an amazing trip. One we will never forget. Experienced some amazing places, and met some new friends. As I write this we are in Quito airport waiting for our red-eye to Atlanta and then on to Minneapolis. It is time for this adventure to end. Looking forward to seeing family and friends while […]

Santa Cruz

We cruised overnight to Santa Cruz, the island with the largest human population. The headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station are located in the small town of Puerto Ayora. At the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, we saw dome shaped tortoises some of which are waiting to be returned […]

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 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 […]


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.