Day 6 - Fernandina - Punta Espinosa

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Day 6 afternoon schedule:

  • 13:00 Dry landing
  • 1 mile walk
  • 15:00 Back on the Samba
  • Sail to Ecuador Volcano
  • 18:30 Equator Cocktails!
  • 19:00 Dinner

The mission on this stop is to see the marine iguanas at their peak of activity--and it's blazing hot at this hour of day.  So plan on spending a bit of time here just sitting on the lava rocks and watching hordes of iguanas swimming back to land to warm up after some diving for food.

Babies on back...

A relatively rare sight of a Hawaiian sea turtle basking in the sun...

And an extremely rare sight of an adult marine iguana cannibalizing a baby...

Back on the boat, this is one of the few afternoons were you find yourself with a few hours to spend on deck as opposed to just eating dinner and going to bed.  There are some great views of all the volcanoes on this stretch, as well as the ceremonial equator crossing.  We all gathered on el Capitan's bridge to watch the GPS turn to 0.00--the comedy came when the GPS skipped from 0.01 South straight to 0.01 North.

Juan and el Capitan were quick to correct this as they turned the boat around to accommodate this cheap thrill.  Within a few minutes span, we crossed the Equator three times--that's some serious bang for the buck we got there.

Not that I'm keeping track or anything, but in the last year we've crossed the Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, and Arctic Circle.  Nice.

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