Galapagos - Day 2

Baby Sea Lion, Puerto Suarez on Isla EspanolaWe started our first full day in the Galapagos at Puerto Suarez on Isla Espanola. After breakfast we headed to the island and went for a walk. As soon as we got off the dinghy we were greeted by sea lions. We headed over to a small beach, where there were even more sea lions. It was incredible how close we were! We were always supposed to keep 2m between the animals and ourselves, but sometimes that was actually impossible because they would be right on a trail. We walked for probably about 2 hours, stopping often to watch animals and birds.

Young Albatross, Puerto Suarez on Isla EspanolaWe saw marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, sea lions, lava lizards, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, mockingbirds, a Galapagos hawk, and albatross. We walked by the ‘flight school’ – a cliff where the winds come off the ocean and allow the birds to glide and fly all over the place. We saw probably hundreds of birds, including tropic birds, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and pelicans. From there we walked a little further along the trail to a blow hole – a crevasse in the rocks where water is forced out as the waves come in, creating a huge explosion of water.

Blue Footed Booby and Chick, Puerto Suarez on Isla EspanolaBack on the boat, we had lunch and the boat traveled to Gardner Bay, also on Espanola Island. In the afternoon we took the dinghies to the beach, where we went snorkeling. This was my first time snorkeling and I was very nervous! We were in wetsuits because the water was a bit chilly. We were lucky to be going from the beach because it gave me some time to get used to the whole thing. And it was pretty cool! Because we were so close to shore, the visibility wasn’t very good, but we did see a sea turtle and a few fish. After some snorkelling, we walked down the beach among the sea lions and then headed back to the boat. After we got on the boat, we set sail for Santa Fe Island, where we anchored around dinner time for the night, which meant a nice calm sleep.

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Posted in ecuador | galapagos | travel Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2010-12-28 17:46

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