Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Welcome to the Galapagos

A male marine iguana greets us at the landing. He is about one metre long.

His terrestrial cousin basking in the sun at the Charles Darwin Research Centre.

Red crabs, bigger than my hand, scuttle over the rocks

These tortoises are part of a breeding programme at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

The only giant tortoises we saw were at the Darwin Research Station.

Giant cactus...

provide food for the cactus finches.

Seals basking on the bow and upper deck of a launch moored in the bay.

M/S Encantada. Home for the next five days.
12 passengers, 6 crew. The average age of the passengers is 33. I am the outlier.
What a wonderful group of travelling people. Great company with stories and wisdom to share. I am now 20 years younger!

Juan, our guide for the first day. A very deft diplomat!

A foretaste of scenes to come.

Location:Baltra, Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruze Island, Galapagos Archipelago.

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