Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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Monday was mostly snorkelling. The water is darned cold. Even with a wet suit on, we emerged from the water shivering and with blue fingers. We saw a few giant sea turtles and some interesting fish but not the sharks we were 'hoping for' in the place they call shark alley
Tuesday we moved from San Cristobel to Isla Isabela with a long day of travelling by boat interspersed with snorkelling amongst the giant turtles and sea lions. After lunch on the island of Floreana we saw our first penguin and many red iguanas. We saw the infamous blue-footed boobie...and a number of t-shirts that say variations of "I love boobies". A walk through the tortoise sanctuary provided us with endless encounters with these huge and glorious animals. The wildlife is abundant and fascinating in Galapagos!
Yesterday was a big hike - about 16 km - up to a caldera (not a crater) with lava rock, lava caves and magnificent 'moon-like' landscapes. Our group is comprised of a range of ages and fitness levels so managing a group of 16 hikers is not easy. Jim and I are at one end of the age range and can hold our own at the tail end as I plod along and Jim lags behind taking pics. We are enjoying this experience - being active, outdoors and amongst a great group of people.