Galápagos Day 8: Isabela to Santa Cruz

I’m writing today’s blog entry on the Neptune, the powerboat we are taking as we move eastward on a 2.5 hour trip from Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island on Friday afternoon. The boat is bouncing over the waves and it’s a little tricky to type. The transfer to Santa Cruz is the start of the three day return trip home, but there is still much more to see.

After breakfast at the Hotel Sandrita we went sightseeing in the wetlands near Puerto Villamil. At La Playita the path to the beach was filled with marine iguanas …

Marine Iguanas on the path at La Playita on Isabela Island
Ecuador • 0°57’31.62″ S 90°59’14.89″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 28 mm • ISO 100 • 1/800 sec at f/3.5

Playa del Amor offered an incredible view of the Pacific …

Blue-Footed Boobies at La Playita on Isabela Island
Ecuador • 0°57’36.90″ S 90°59’38.29″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 300 mm • ISO 100 • 1/250 sec at f/5.6

We made a brief stop at the Mine Lagoon to see pink flamingos …

The Pink Flamingos at Mine Lagoon
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador • 0°56’43.96″ S 90°58’28.60″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 300 mm • ISO 160 • 1/250 sec at f/5.6

And a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center.

Tortoises at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador • 0°56’50.53″ S 90°58’25.75″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 55 mm • ISO 250 • 1/250 sec at f/4.5

Lunch was at The Oasis Cafeteria …

Lunch at The Oasis in Puerto Villamil
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador • 0°57’19.2″ S 90°57’51.6″ W
Apple IPhone 4S • Nikkor 4.28 mm • ISO 50 • 1/1500 sec at f/2.4

… and featured an incredible ceviches!

Ceviches for lunch at The Oasis in Puerto Villamil
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador • 0°57’19” S 90°57’52” W
Apple iPhone 4S • ISO 64 • 1/120 sec at f/2.4

Continuing this update now that we have arrived in Santa Cruz with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the land iguana.

Land Iguana at the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruza Island
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador • 0°44’27.27″ S 90°18’8.89″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 90 mm • ISO 3600 • 1/250 sec at f/5.3

Tomorrow we fly back to Quito in the afternoon.

2 Comments on “Galápagos Day 8: Isabela to Santa Cruz

    • Thanks for fol­low­ing, Kelly! Glad to hear you enjoyed.

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