|Sally Lightfoot Crab -- Santa Cruz|
The Galapagos is a different kind of experience; it's a mixture of Jurassic Park meets Marine World! And it's definitely not a lay in your hammock vacation, although I'm sure there are some who take it easy while in the Galapagos; we just weren't one of them. We literally dropped into bed every night -- going, going, going all day until we couldn't take another step.
We saw more than our share of creatures on the island, but they weren't all at the same place at the same time. You may be disappointed if you go to a particular island and only want to see flamingos, but you end up taking pictures of yellow finches because that's all there is to see.
|Taking the ferry from Baltra to Santa Cruz|
|Blue Footed Boobie|
|Santa Cruz Island -- Baltra to Puerto Ayora|
The weather was perfect: 64 at night and 74 during the day with sun-filled days and no humidity. The water temperatures were fairly cool due to the Humboldt current, but we found it refreshing and in shallow water it was warm.
One of the biggest decisions you will need to make before booking a trip is to decide whether you are going to be land based or cruise the Galapagos. The cruise ships can handle anywhere from 16 to 100 people -- traveling at night and arriving in the morning for island exploration. Cruises can range from two days to ten days and each island has its own unique experience, so if time and money aren't a consideration then I'd probably vote for a cruise! Since we were "Galapagosing" on a budget, we opted to stay on Santa Cruz and do day trips.
|Galapagos Sea Lion sunbathing with Sally Lightfoot Crabs|
|Yep, he's real...my favorite little guy on the island!|
|Marine Iguana at Puerto Ayora|
|Tortuga -- 100 plus years old|
|Tortuga Bay with a "few" visitors!|
|Panorama of Tortuga Bay|
|Sally Lightfoot Crabs at Tortuga Bay|
|Marine Iguana slithering around at Tortuga Bay|
|Darwin Finch in the white sand of Tortuga Bay|
|Trail to Tortuga Bay -- 2.5 km|
|Santa Cruz in relationship to the other islands of the Galapagos|
|Garrapaterro Beach -- my favorite!|
|The waters of Garrapatero Beach|
|Kayaking at Garrapatero|
|Garrapatero's white sand beach|
|Marine iguana hanging around the lava rocks|
|Emerald and Turquoise Waters of Garrapatero|
|Opuntias (cacti) found everywhere on the island|
|Wear water shoes -- the lava rocks can sneak up on you!|
|Sea lion lounging on the deck!|
|Angermeyer Inn Restaurant|
|Yachts and Pangas|
|Pier at Puerto Ayora|
Was it worth it? Absolutely!
Until next time...hasta luego,