26th to 30th December 2016
Our expedition took us to the center of the archipelago this time. We had great experiences ahead of us along with some incredible new stories to tell! The first Galapagos icon that we encountered were the Galapagos giant tortoises, who we managed to spot on our first day. We had the wonderful luck of being able to find males in mating season looking for females. In addition to our good timing, we were greeted by beautiful weather. It was a good start to our journey.
On the second day we visited Santa Fe Island. It was beautiful to be able to see the hawks close up. They were feeding and taking off, as if showing off their gallant flight around the island to us.
Later, we went swimming with Galapagos sea lions, sea turtles, and all kinds of colourful fish. The sunset that day was beautiful as well, and we were able to be witnesses that magical moment from the incredible South Plazas Island.
As the light began to fade, we headed back to the Yacht Isabela to wash up and have our evening meal. After dinner we went up onto the deck and turned off the lights. We could see all the way out into the Milky Way as well as the immensity of the night sky.
They had been a handful of great days so far, with some very special moments that we were all able to share together. What’s best is that there was even more to come. Our next day, which we spent alongside frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies, was a complete success.
On this day, we were able to see the male frigatebirds’ red leathery sacks as they all excitedly kept calling attention to themselves, hoping to catch the eye of a female frigate flying overhead. Meanwhile, and not to far from the frigates, the male blue-footed boobies were dancing to attract their female mates as well. It was like stumbling upon a loud party of feathery bachelors. Later that day, and during our afternoon on Bachas Beach, we were able to see the tall and colorful flamingos as they walked across the landscape.
It was all a show that I will never be able to forget, and to top it off — it was all accompanied by a spectacular sunset. The weather has fit perfectly with my particular taste and the water visibility has been great too.
We ended up finishing our trip throughout the archipelago with a Galapagos icon: the one and only Bartholome Island. On this island, there’s a volcanic cone present that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. It was a privilege to have been able to enjoy the island’s volcanoes, lava cones, and numerous penguins!
The guests have been able to take lots of great photos as well, and we have shared a lot together here on this Galapagos trip 5 days of natural beauty. It’s truly something that can’t be missed.
Dennis Ballesteros is our Yacht Isabela II Expedtion Leader