Like all good things, our Galapagos cruise was coming to an end. We only had two more island to visit, Isla Floreana and Espanola. Lucky for us they provided even more stunning views and creatures.
The oldest and southernmost island, Isla Espanola holds one of the most beautiful beaches in the world on its shores. The beach, known as Gardner Bay, looks a lot like any gorgeous post card setting, with pristine white sand and turquoise water. The thing that sets Gardner Bay apart from those other beautiful beaches are the natives that inhabit it: Galapagos Sea Lions. The funny creatures act just like dogs, and are completely unafraid of humans. As you can see by the pictures, they were wonderful companions on our day at the beach.
Our trip continued to Isla Floreana where we were able to mail a post card from the “Post Office”… which is really just a place where people leave their mail, and hope that someone near where they live ends up delivering it to them. We’ll see if ours ends up getting back to us. Near the Post Office was an underground volcanic cave that was interesting because it showed off the unique geology of the island. The birds here were particularly interesting as well – especially the Blue Footed Boobies. They dive-bomb into the ocean simultaneously and try to catch fish just under the surface of the water. It was a beautiful thing to watch.
Our time in the Galapagos was a wonderful time filled with all sorts of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities: SCUBA diving with sharks, visiting 130+ year old giant tortoises, hanging out on the beach with sea lions, and seeing animals that you cannot encounter in any other place in the world. For now it’s back to the mainland of Ecuador to see what new adventures await us in South America.