Off to walk In the footsteps of Darwin

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
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Trip End Mar 25, 2013


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

We are in the Galapagos!! We are greeted at the airport by Alex who is our local guide and a man with a masters in Biology. We have landed on Isla San Chrisobal. There are many sea lions just hanging out on the waterfront, laying about on the benches, under the tables, on the stairs, on the jetties and wharves, just relaxing and enjoying a sunbake. They are pretty nonchalant about we tourists who are all being a little excited by their presence! I think you can imagine which species looked more evolved! Laugh!

We went for a drive across to the other side of the first, remarkably huge Island of this archipelago, and visited the rehabilitation centre for the giant Galapagos Tortoises. They have a really extensive park area where they have almosti 100 of these amazing looking animals. The oldest one we saw was 100 years old. Ut they live double that. They breed and their eggs are collected both from here and the other islands. They are hatched in incubators and raised to a less easily targeted size and released back to the area where the eggs originated. This increases the success rate from about 5%25 to an amazing 95%25 of the eggs become living tortoises!
 
What is it about baby animals? Even these little critters made us all make those awww noises when we saw them!!

I can only say we lucked it in with our accommodation here. The boat is gorgeous, with incredibly attentive crew. The cabins are large with ensuites and private balconies. That is where I am sitting right now typing away, watching the ocean. Ahhhh. Life is good!
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hey did you get a photo of the 'good side' of that galapagus tortoise too??...love the bumpy stairs and the yodelling sea-lion...you are all looking so happy and sun-kissed!!

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