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Isla Seymour Norte

Our second stop on Saturday, Isla Seymour Norte is home to the Frigatebirds. Here we saw the Great Frigatebirds, the Magnificent Frigatebirds, as well as other birds.

The Frigatebirds were a constant companion to our ship during the trip. Frigatebirds cannot swim or land on water, but spend up to a month at sea (flying). They even sleep while they are flying! They enjoy riding in the air currents above ships and occasionally take a perch.

Frigatebird perched on top of our ship.

There really were a LOT of birds to see on this island. There were many displaying male Frigate birds, and females circling looking for mates.

Blue-footed Booby
Displaying male Frigatebird.

Isla Plaza Sur

Isla Plaza Sur (South Plaza Island), a small island off the coast of Santa Cruz, was our first stop on Saturday.

Plaza Sur is known for birds, ice plant, prickly pear cactus, and land iguanas.

I have to say, I was not expecting to see so much cactus (or really any cactus) on this trip.

Female Land Iguana. You can tell she’s a she because she’s so dark in color. We just missed the mating season, so the males weren’t all that colorful either, but you can still tell the difference between the sexes pretty easily.

Isla Santa Cruz – lava tubes & tortoises!

On Thursday, we disembarked on Santa Cruz Island. While here, we walked in a lava tube, and went to a tortoise habitat.

We didn’t go all the way through the lava tube, as parts of it are quite low/narrow and muddy. However, it’s estimated at 1km in length, which is quite long!

After exploring the lava tube, we went to Rancho Primicias, the Giant Tortoise Reserve.

This guy is certainly in a hurry!

Post Office Bay, Isla Floreana

Wednesday afternoon, we went kayaking and took a trip to Post Office Bay.

My videos of the Galápagos green sea turtles won’t upload, so I will post them when I get home next week.

Post Office Bay is one of the oldest traditions on the Galápagos Islands. Dating back to whaling times, the whalers would stop at Isla Floreana, and visit Post Office Bay. If they found anything at the “post office” near where they’d be heading, they’d take it and hand carry the letters to the recipients. This tradition continues today. Visitors look for letters addressed near their homes, and take them with a promise to hand deliver them. Visitors may also leave a letter or postcard in the barrel, hoping that a future visitor will deliver it.

View from Post Office Bay.