Lava Landscape

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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Trip End May 09, 2008


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Galápagos Voyager

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Schedule:

06:15 Dinghy ride to look for penguins
07:00 Back on board for breakfast

Santiago Island - Sullivan Bay: land surface  585 sq km, height 906m
08:00 Dry landing on the lava for a walk and snorkeling
10:45 Back on board

Bartolomé:  Land surface 1.2 sq km, height 114m
11:30 Dry landing at the jetty for a hike to the summit (372 steps)
13:00 Back on board to sail for 5-6 hours

We got up bright and early to take a short dinghy ride to Bartolomé to look for penguins.  One pushed another into the water to start swimming.  Another two penguin couples were actually mating as we went by.  There weren't actually that many penguins, but we were lucky to see a few. 

After breakfast, we took another dinghy ride to Santiago Island.  We walked for a little while on the lava formations, pahoe hoe or "a a" descriptions taken from the Hawaiian language for volcanic formations.  We didn't know that they used Hawaiian volcanic terms all over the world.  There wasn't much life at all on Santiago.  There were some small tufts of weedlike plants growing around and some lava lizards.  The sun was beating down on us and we were also cooking from the black lava underneath, so we were happy when we got back to the beach for some snorkeling.  The visibility was pretty decent considering that we were so close to shore.  We saw quite a bit of fish, and even a manta ray!  No sharks or dolphins this time though.

We took the dinghies back to the boat, and in 30 min we got ready for the short hike up to the summit of Bartolomé.  The climb to the top was fairly easy even considering how out of shape we were, as there were nice wide, shallow wooden steps that led all the way to the summit.  The view from the top was really nice - we saw the dramatic landscape of Bartolomé, and several islands in the distance.
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