Penguins, boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas!

Trip Start Feb 06, 2012
Trip End Feb 29, 2012

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 13 - late afternoon

Day 6 of Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands tour

It was 3:30pm when we left the lodge and were driven with the rest of the group to the same main dock we had arrived at just a few hours earlier.  Here, we were separated into two smaller groups and boarded two small crafts.  I was glad that the group was separated like this since it allowed me to have more room in which case I sat right at the very front of the boat and enjoyed a better view.

Looking behind me, the sky was getting darker at an alarming speed as if a storm was fast approaching; it didn't look too promising if you ask me!   Glancing at our guide, this didn’t seem to bother him a bit as he kept saying that it might clear up, that it was just a streak of passing dark clouds!  Well, he should know better, I silently thought while trying to convince myself that he was right; he was the expert after all!  Regardless, fingers crossed, I wished for the best as the boat slowly cruised in the complete opposite direction, this one having in the horizon a gorgeous blue sky and white puffy clouds which made me smile quite a bit!

Twenty minutes later, we passed right next to a small volcanic island where the boat slowed down quite a bit a good fifteen feet away from its shore.  Looking in the direction of the island, many small Galapagos penguins were sunbathing on the huge volcanic rocks.  With their large white chests and very black backs, they resembled little men wearing formal tuxedos as they stood in their perfect upright positions!  You must have heard this one before!  Ha, ha, ha.   I was quite happy to see these kinds of penguins because that was the entire reason for coming here in the Galapagos Islands in the first place!

Our guide then pointed in the direction of two blue footed boobies which looked so adorable.  Unfortunately there was only two of these birds.  I had hoped to see a lot more!   It was also kind of disappointing since we couldn’t get off the boat and go right next to them on the island.  Mind that this could have probably frightened them away!  We had to remain seated on the boat since it wasn’t allowed to walk on that specific island!   Bird protective thing I guess!

After this, we headed to the Las Tintoreras, another small island where we all disembarked the small craft and went on an intriguing two hour walk which turned out to be quite cool! 

By forming a single line, we all followed our guide on a one way trail which brought us through treacherous jagged lava fields passing right next to abundant colonies of marine iguanas of various sizes, sea lions, green mangroves and small canals of shallow waters!  Wow!  All of this with the emerald green sea in the background and wonderful blue sky.  

Couldn’t have asked for any better weather!  Yeahhhh!  Plus, what an experience this was!  Something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life!

Monique   :-)
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