Galapagos compromises a lot larger of a region than I initially thought. The route we took was the East to West route. We visited the following islands:
- North Seymour
- San Cristobal
Your journey may be completely different than mine, you may be visiting all, none or some of the aforementioned islands and you may be encountering very different species of animals than I did. But that’s part of the beauty of the Galapagos. Each place is incerdibly unique.
Overall, however, traveling the Galapagos felt a lot like being transported back into another era. A Jurassic Park type of experience…the land is rugged, the species are endemic to the region and no humans are present other than your own excursion fellows. I had plenty of opportunities to photograph everything and anything and had witnessed some beautiful sunsets and sunrises daily. That is one thing that I am grateful for regarding #lindblad and #natgeo expeditions – no one had really rushed me at any point and had let me do my thing with my camera. Normally I never go on group excursions – that’s just not how I choose to travel. I find group travel incredibly constricting and unfulfilling. Travel in the Galapagos however, requires (rightly so) that any group or person visiting must have a naturalist with them, so I had to adapt to the situation. It turned out not to be a problem at all and it was interesting to learn more about the islands from the experts’ point of view. Even if I ended up missing half of what they were saying, as I spent most of my time away from the group capturing marine iguanas and sea lions with my camera LOL…These guides had some real patience for me.
Today I’m sharing my best takes from Bartolome and some parts of Rabida Island. If you have ever googled or read about Galapagos in the past, I can guarantee you’ve read and seen photos from both of the places. Bartolome is famous for its semi-strenuous, yet incredibly rewarding hike up a volcanic mountain and Rabida’s beaches are world renown for the strong red color of its beaches. Once again the islands took my breath away. All I could do was to take it all in as much I possible and let my camera freeze the special moments on my memory card.