Our groups were limited to no more than 16 people—the maximum and guide is allowed to have. The Galapagos National Park limits expeditions on the islands to one boat per day per island, and tours can only take place at certain times of the day so as not to stress the animals (itineraries can be changed without notice if the park authorities feel one area is getting a bit wobbly).
First up was a walk on Santa Fe Island. This is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Lava rocks have been dated at approximately 4 million years, and are very eroded and weathered.
After a wet landing (dropping over the side of the panga into knee-deep water) we waded ashore.
Darwin never did make a connection between the significance of the different finch beaks on the different islands.
He gives the Galapagos finches, not even a true finch, only a paragraph or two in his writings. The term 'Darwin's Finches' was first introduced in 1936 by Percy Lowe.
Here happy sea lions lie under a giant cactus laden with flowers.
Similar to the finches' beaks, the Island iguanas mouths have adapted to be able to eat the pears and the juicy leaves - spines and all.
I could feel my heart rate escalate— even though we’d been assured that they weren’t interested in humans— I became very nervous when the sharks disappeared fearing a stealth attack from behind. A visit from this fellow distracted me— if he wasn’t afraid well then, neither was I.
Coming up Next – Leviathans of the Land.