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Galapagos 2011

Part 2

Bartoloma is a tiny island with a central volcano is the most visited among the islands. Bartolome features a quintessential volcanic landscape with Pinnacle Rock towering. Well worth climbing the 379 steps to reach the top.

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The snorkel by the rock and crevices was good

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October 20th 32 anniversary

Isabel a island is the largest island and is composed of five volcanoes that over the years has joined into one. Urbina bay is is a beautiful wide open bay this directly affected by the Cromwell Upwelling Current. It is a deep water current traveling along the equatorial line from the western Pacific eventually coming in contact with the Galapagos Archipelago. This nutrient rich cold water comes to surface with water temperatures occasionally reaching 10-30 degrees Celsius. The majority of the Galapagos penguin population is found close to Urbina Bay because of the cold water.

Marine iguanas can stay underwater for up to 45 minutes while feeding on algae. The excess salt in their diet necessitates them to get rid of it by sneezing it out their noses

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Snorkel saw turtles stingrays and penguins Ate lunch at beagle grill had lobster, shrimp, ribs and chicken, Delicious!

Isla Fernanandina is the youngest and western most of all the islands, A trail leads over rippled pahoehoe lavato tide pools and tide pools, The largest colony of marine iguanas and colonies of sea lion. .

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Tonight we had dinner with Peggy and Dedra two friends that were in service together and both wanted to do bucket list trip.
Barbara and Gary from Colorado were frequent dinner companions.

Friday the 21st Santiao Island we visited Puerto Egas where a salt mining operation existed until 1960, a walk along the shore leads to the extraordinary grotto's home to Galapagos fur seals.

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The afternoon hike to Dragon Hill was the only hike that I did not enjoy! Hot and did not see much wildlife .It might of been because I had a hour massage with Lulu before she did some cupping where she heated some glass globes and said it helped to get rid of toxins. I was getting a cold and she did a sinus rub and in the morning cold was gone. She was amazing. Jim who does not usually like massages love her. She really has a magical
way.

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Saturday October 22 we did the Highland walk in the morning it was amazing seeing these huge tortoises in the highland meadows.

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In afternoon we did the long hot walk to Charles Darwin research station the giant tortoises. We would see lonesome George who would die a year later

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Jim went on the bridge tour offered

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Sunday was travel day back to Quitos with dinner at Hotel and early breakfast before long travel day home on Monday. This trip was very organized and we only spent less than 3$ hundred dollars since everything was included. The Naturalist were wonderful and this was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Posted by Cindygad 08:24 Archived in Ecuador

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