Day 2 - Galapagos Islands - More of Santa Cruz

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We spent the night anchored at Puerto Ayora--the largest town on the Galapagos.  This gives the boat and crew some time to restock on supplies while we check out some giant tortoises.

Day 2 Schedule:

  • 6:30 - Breakfast
  • 7:15 - Dry Landing
  • 2 km walk to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • 10:30 - Walk back to town
  • 12:00 - Lunch at La Garrapata
  • 13:30 - 30-minute bus ride to the highlands
  • Visit to Los Gemelos
  • Visit to El Chato
  • 17:00 - Back to Puerto Ayora
  • 18:00 - Back on board
  • 18:30 - Dinner
  • 23:00 - Sail to EspaƱola

This was a bit of an odd day in that you're in a little tourist town all of a sudden.  But this gave us the chance to purchase a stuffed blue-footed booby and magnificent frigate for a certain Zizou.  A smart thing I noticed a few boatmates do here was to purchase booze for consumption on board.  While drinks on the boat are totally reasonably priced, you could save a few bucks this way.

Our afternoon schedule strayed from the above due to ridiculous rain in the highlands.  We didn't end up spending long on the hunt for tortoises in the wild and instead strolled through some lava tubes and stayed a bit more dry.

Now the big feature at the Charles Darwin Research Center is ol' Lonesome George.  He was pretty far away and not terribly exciting, but here's George:


We then moved to some feeding platforms where females and males were snacking on some greenery.  Hilarious to watch as they are total slobs.



So flexible...



Big yawn...



These boys are huge...



Some new birds--like the warbler finch...



Galapagos flycatcher...



We love this Galapagos dove who looks all raggedy trying to dry off from the recent downpour...


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