Galapagos 2021

Links to each daily post:

Day 0: Quito

Day 1: Arriving in Santa Cruz, Bachas Beach, Crabs, Iguanas

Day 2: Genovesa Island, Sea Lions, Boobies, Frigate Birds

Day 3: Plazas Islands, Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Snorkeling

Day 4: Santa Fe climb to Blue Footed Boobies, Dolphins, Sea Lions

Day 5: San Cristobal, Saddleback Tortoises, Snorkeling with Sea Lions, Walking with Sea Lions

Day 6: Espaneola Island Christmas Iguanas, Albatrosses

Day 7: Floreana Island Kayaking, Flamingos, Final Snorkeling

Day 8: The end, with Giant Tortoises

Galapagos 2021 day 8

Docked in Santa Cruz, we left the ship for the last time, saying goodbye to the crew and all our new friends!

Santa Cruz reminded us it’s nearly Christmas (and with unusual nativity animals!):

Before heading to the airport, one final Giant Tortoise visit – this time all the Tortoises are truly wild and just happen to be wandering through the Rancho Primicias reserve! There were still many, a bit more spread out than at the earlier place …

And that’s it! 40 hours, three flights, and we got home from this amazing trip!

Galapagos 2021 day 7

Out last full day on our Royal Galapagos Cormorant 1 cruise started with kayaking:

After lunch we trekked to see Flamingos and this was really the only letdown of our trip; there were only five birds and all a long way off, a struggle even for the medium zoom Sony camera I had with me:

In the afternoon we had our final snorkeling, somewhat rough sea where two currents meet but resulting in MANY fish (and another turtle!):