Day 1 - Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz

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After our first lunch on board we received our first briefing from Juan on the day's agenda--in PowerPoint!  Typically, these briefings are daily after dinner so you can prep for the next day and ask any questions from the just completed day.

Day 1 Schedule:

  • 14:00 Dry landing on South Plaza
  • 2 mile walk
  • 17:00 Back on board
  • Sail to Puerto Ayora
  • 19:00 Dinner

South Plaza has some nice diversity and is a great first stop.  Sea lions, land iguanas, and all varieties of birds.  I'll say right now that photos of sea lions can get a bit gratuitous--they are adorable and seemingly posing for the camera.  A great life they have.

So first some sea lions...

 

Then we've got the land iguanas...

 

A swallow tailed gull looking back...

 

Red-billed tropicbird--these are just gorgeous in flight...

 

Nazca booby--another classy bird flying...

 

Brown pelican--these are everywhere...

 

Lava heron...

 

Yellow warbler...

 

This is actually the Galapagos shark--taken from quite a distance...

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