February 5, 2014 by cathyfitz Ecuador, South America, Wildlife 0

If You Could Talk To The Animals | Galapagos Ecuador

Ecuador is a place of immense diversity, and there is no doubt the Galapagos Islands are unique. I splurged and took a little side trip from the mainland to visit this amazing area with animal species found nowhere else on the planet. It is the place where Charles Darwin formed his theory of evolution, and because they have been isolated from the mainland for millions of years, the animals have no instinctive fear of humans. You really can just stand and talk to them as they stare curiously straight at you. The trip involved flying from Quito to Guayaquil, an overnight stay then a short flight from Guayaquil to San Cristobal Island, and a short bus ride to board a zodiac to our small ship. That afternoon we visited the beach at Cerro Brujo. The following morning we visited Española Island – home to Darwin’s finches, Galapagos hawks, & large blue-footed Nazca booby colonies as well as species endemic to this island such as the waved albatross, hood mockingbird, and Hood lava lizard. We walked among red & black marine iguanas & sea lions before going deep-water snorkeling at Gardner Bay – saw a white tipped shark! The next day at Floreana Island […]

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