Sunday, June 24, 2012

Great Days in the Galapagos

Blue-Footed Boobie

Kicker Rock

Sea Lion


Friday, June 22nd
We are now in the Galapagos, and it is amazing-definitely my favorite part of the trip! Yesterday we flew from Quito to San Cristobal, the island we are on until tomorrrow.
Once we arrived on the island yesterday we went to lunch and saw a little bit of the town. After lunch, we headed to our hostel to change into swimsuits, and then we went to a little Galapagos history museum. After the museum, we got wetsuits, and snorkel gear, and headed to test them out. When snorkeling, we saw sea lions and turtles. Sea lions are EVERYWHERE here...on the sidewalks, on the playground slide, benches, beaches, etc. They can be very playful underwater, so we swam around with them.
Today, we woke up and had breakfast, and then hopped on a speedboat and made out way to a place called Kicker Rock. At Kicker Rock we snorkeled in deep water and saw tons of sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, fish, etc. After Kicker Rock we went to Isla Lobos, a shallower place, and we saw more turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish.  

Sunday, June 24th
Now we are in Santa Cruz (a Galapagos island), and we are getting ready to go back to Quito in the morning. Yesterday, we went on a 2.5 hour boat ride to get here from Santa Cruz, and when we arrived, we spent time exploring the little town and getting souvenirs.After lunch, we went to the Highlands, and saw many tortoises in the wild, and then we went to a lava tunnel. 
Today, we woke up and had breakfast, then we went to see the famed Lonesome George. After seeing him, we saw iguanas, interesting birds, and then went to lunch. After lunch, we walked to a far away beach, and swam until the evening. For dinner, we went to a local place that was very good, but while at dinner we received some bad news...when we saw Lonesome George this morning he may or may not have been dead, but the fact that he didn't move and his head was hanging down is a good indication that we saw dead Lonesome George. 

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