Galapagos Islands location
Galapagos Islands location
Galapagos off the coast of Ecuador
Galapagos off the coast of Ecuador

(Map: scorpiosail.com)

Galapagos Islands Map
Galapagos Islands Map
Galapagos Islands - Topgraphy
Galapagos Islands - Topgraphy
San Cristobal Island
San Cristobal Island
Pto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
Pto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

The capital of the Galapagos

Sunset, San Cristobal Island
Sunset, San Cristobal Island
Playa Mann, San Cristobal
Playa Mann, San Cristobal

Popular beach fronting the anchorage, especially for swimming with the sea lions and watching the sunset

San Cristobal
San Cristobal

Jacaranda (at left) as seen from Playa Mann

Charlie Darwin is everywhere
Charlie Darwin is everywhere
Sea lion, San Cristobal
Sea lion, San Cristobal
Pto. Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
Pto. Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

An afternoon of heavy rain turned the steps into a waterfall

Church in San Cristobal
Church in San Cristobal

Always interesting to see religious icons (here the 3 wise men) in a localized context

Kicker Rock, Santa Cruz
Kicker Rock, Santa Cruz

As seen from the white sand Brujo Beach

Kicker Rock, Santa Cristobal Island
Kicker Rock, Santa Cristobal Island
Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle

So plentiful we saw them on almost every snorkel all over the Galapagos

Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana

The only ocean going reptile and endemic to the Gapapagos

Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch

Eating cactus pollen

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

Actually, Darwin learned more from studying this bird than he did the finches

Canario Maria
Canario Maria
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch

The differences in beak shape was a key clue for Darwin in his "Origin of Species" theory

Finch
Finch

It's all about the beak said Charlie Darwin!

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Giant Tortoise

From San Cristobal - it has a domed shell. Each island has its own subspecies which look a little bit different.

Tortoises in the wild
Tortoises in the wild

We visited Rancho Primicias in the highlands of Santa Cruz to see these beasts in their natural habitat as well as in the various Breeding Centers

Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise

This guy is from Cerro Azul, Isla Isabela. It has a flat shell.

Galapagos Tortoise
Galapagos Tortoise
Galapagos Tortoises
Galapagos Tortoises

It was mating season. The males are about 3x larger than the females and their loud copulating grunts can be heard for quite a distance away.

Baby Galapagos Tortoise
Baby Galapagos Tortoise

This hatchling is one month old and the segments of the underside of the shell have not coalesced into one yet.

Lava tunnel, Santa Cruz
Lava tunnel, Santa Cruz

William was just a boy when he discovered this immense natural lava tunnel on his parent's farm in the highlands

Sally Light-foot Crabs
Sally Light-foot Crabs

I love this name given to them by seafarers of old! They are dramatic splashes against the black lava tongues that reach into the sea

Pair of Blue-footed Boobies
Pair of Blue-footed Boobies

The male is on the left.

Blue-footed Boobies
Blue-footed Boobies

A male (l) romancing a female

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island
Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island

Young volcanic moonscapes

Pile of iguanas and sea lion
Pile of iguanas and sea lion
Land Iguana, Isabela
Land Iguana, Isabela
Land Iguana, Isabela
Land Iguana, Isabela
Darwin Lake, Isabela
Darwin Lake, Isabela
Galapagos Dove
Galapagos Dove

Endemic species

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Waiting for a handout at the Fish Market

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Brujo fish for sale at the Fish Market. They are caught at great depths and make good ceviche.

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

This sea lion has selected his meal at the Fish Market

Yellow-crested Night Heron
Yellow-crested Night Heron
Galapagos Hawk, Bartolome Island
Galapagos Hawk, Bartolome Island

Immature female hovered above us as we hiked up to the summit. They are very curious.

Galapagos Hawk, Bartoleme Island
Galapagos Hawk, Bartoleme Island

Immature female

Galapagos Hawk (mature)
Galapagos Hawk (mature)
Galapagos Fur Seal
Galapagos Fur Seal

Almost hunted to extinction for their beautiful fur pelts

Isla Isabela
Isla Isabela

Dramatic geology

Dramatic geology, Isabela
Dramatic geology, Isabela
Guided Tour
Guided Tour

Visitors can only go to National Park sites with a certified guide