Visiting the Southern Islands on Yacht Isabela II Galapagos Cruise
24th of February: It is our first day visiting the Southern Islands on Yacht Isabela II Galapagos Cruise and we are on our scheduled visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora to see the amazing Galapagos Giant tortoises. It is always a treat to see these animals and learn about the efforts of the Station for their preservation through their Breeding Program. It is important for us that our guests understand how the Galapagos ecosystem works and why it must be protected. Needless to say, we were at the Station right on time to enjoy the newly inaugurated Lonesome George exhibit: the “Symbol of Hope” room.
Beloved Lonesome George
Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies and sadly left no heir. After his demise in 2013 he was taken to the American Museum of Natural History where he was taxidermied and later displayed as a part of an exhibit. He was a beloved and emblematic creature for the inhabitants of the islands, so to see him back home, so well taken care of, was simply amazing. Even though it was very sad to see his subspecies go extinct, he is now a reminder of all the work that still needs to be done to protect our islands and all the species of the world that are at any level of risk.
It was incredible to see the structure they had built for him, a very modern room set to keep its internal environment in optimal conditions. Every detail was thought of and a team was prepared to keep Lonesome George’s body spick-and-span.
Flamingos in Floreana
25th of February: It’s only the second day of our itinerary and we already had the opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles, white tip sharks, rays, and various colored fishes on the beautiful island of Floreana. Our guests who didn’t wish to get in the water got to enjoy the mesmerizing Galapagos marine life from the comfort of our glass-bottom boat. On the afternoon, during our walk around Punta Cormorant, we saw some flamingos purposely color-coordinated with the amazing sunset, and calmly pacing around their pond. It was a visual treat!
Walking Around Española
26th of February: It is Sunday and we wake up at Española Island, on our itinerary of the Southern Islands on the Yacht Isabela II Galapagos Cruise, one of the most representative islands of the Galapagos archipelago. During our walk at Punta Suárez we get to see some marine iguanas, hawks, blue-footed boobies doing their funny walk and sea lions playing around at the beach. Adventurer’s advice: if it is wildlife at its purest what you are looking for, Galapagos is the right place to go, and a Galapagos Cruise, the right way to enjoy it.
Red-Footed Boobies and Kicker Rock
27th of February: We finally get to San Cristobal Island on our fourth day of expedition. This is the first island on which Charles Darwin disembarked when he visited the archipelago on 1835. And as if we hadn’t already seen some fantastic wildlife on the past days, here we had the opportunity to see red-footed boobies in the very unique geological scenario that is San Cristobal.
To close our experience visiting the Southern Islands on Yacht Isabela II Galapagos Cruise, an amazing sunset sends us off to a a clear starry night, right in majestic Kicker Rock. In Spanish, this remnant of an ash cone that eroded in time is called “León Dormido”, or sleeping lion. Seen from a distance, it does have the shape of a huge lion, calmly resting in the middle of the ocean. It is a sight not to be missed! This magical moment aboard the Yacht Isabela II Galapagos Cruise will remain in our hearts forever.