Our Easter islands are in the Galápagos, since today (Easter Sunday-April 5th) we visited both Rabida and Santa Cruz islands. Our morning kicked off with our tour director, Dale, playing Easter Bunny, by delivering Easter chocolates to our cabins. I love a day that starts with chocolate!!
This morning began with another scorching walk along the sandy beach and inland lagoon of Rábida Island. We hunted in vain for a Vermillion flycatcher, but as they have become endangered, we were not successful. We found a very friendly brown pelican, though. As we walked further along the beach, we did see a young seal on the beach, who obligingly posed for many photo ops with us.
We then returned to our landing site and cooled off with another great snorkel along the coast. We got to borrow a GoPro camera and shot some underwater video, which was especially cool when we saw some brown pelicans fishing right next to us. We even saw a reef shark swimming around!
In the late afternoon we landed on Santa Cruz Island, and saw signs that the sea turtles had recently left their eggs in the sand. We wandered inland around a salt marsh and watched the waterfowl at play. In particular, there were pintail ducks. We had hoped to see flamingos, but our hopes were dashed. However, as we walked further inland, we started seeing large numbers of land iguanas. Seemingly, all the males were in the mood for a little lovin’. The females seemed to be staying as far away as possible. It appears male iguanas need to step up their game some. Having now taken about 500 iguana pictures alone, we went back to the ship and toasted a great cruise with the crew. Tomorrow, we fly back to Guayquil, and the next day, home at last.
This, dear Reader, concludes Part I of our South American sojourn. Since, as you can tell, the postings on this leg got seriously behind, we will commence the postings from the second part of exploration of South America immediately. Stay tuned for our adventures in Bolivia!