Our final stop on this trip to South America was to the Galapagos Islands. I have visited these islands many times in the past but this was the first visit I have made where the group was based on land in a hotel. It worked out pretty good, even if we couldn't venture far away from home base. We still saw a lot in our four days there.
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) is one of the most anticipated sightings in the islands, although they are not endemic here.
Daphne Island in the background, a tuff cone erupted with the interaction of magma and seawater.
land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) searching for shade in the near 100 degree weather.
"ugly animals...from their low facial angle they have a singularly stupid appearance." I could not disagree more with the distinguished Brit.
giant land tortoises (Chelonoidis nigrita) in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. What a treat.
Smithsonian Journey's was fantastic, and this itinerary has proven so popular that they will offer 22 departures next year. Thanks as always for reading.