Baltra, where the airport is located, is my first island in the Galapagos.  Stepping out of the plane I could feel everyone’s excitement. The sun was sunnier, temperature higher, everything felt different and exciting. We’re in the Galapagos! When we arrived at the dock where our boat for the week awaits, right on cue, a sea lion was there to greet us. We developed a routine of exploring an island in the morning, followed by snorkeling, then exploring another island in the afternoon, followed by another snorkeling.  The animals are so used to humans, they just ignore us and go about their business. Sea lions and hammerhead sharks swim along with humans. Without threat from predators like in the wild, most animals seem almost oblivious to danger. Galapagos is their paradise. And it is beautiful. These photos don’t do it justice.

welcome sign

the welcome sea lion at the dock :-)
the welcome sea lion at the dock 🙂
orange crabs. They were practically in every island I visited.
orange crabs. They were practically in every island I visited.
Galapagos Iguana
Galapagos Iguana

island

egrets
egrets
Green footed booby
Green footed booby
a young green footed booby on the left (their feet don't have color until they're grown). To the right is an adult green footed booby.
a young green footed booby on the left (their feet don’t have color until they’re grown). To the right is an adult green footed booby.
Galapagos dove
Galapagos dove
Galapagos doves
Galapagos doves

booby and stop sign

young booby
young booby
Genovese Island is the bird capital in the Galapagos
Genovese Island is the bird capital in the Galapagos
Male Frigate Bird
Male Frigate Bird
Male and female frigates. To find a mate the male blows up his red sac, the bigger the sac, the more chance he will attract a female. (Size matters!)
Male and female frigates. To find a mate the male blows up his red sac, the bigger the sac, the more chance he will attract a female. (Size matters!)

one leg bird

sea lions

Red footed booby
Red footed booby
blue footed booby
blue footed booby

sea lion 2

yellow warbler
yellow warbler
Female Frigate with baby
Female Frigate with baby
a frigate bird chasing another bird. Frigates steal food from others.
a frigate bird chasing another bird. Frigates steal food from others.
Bartolome Island at dawn (I was up because I was sea sick all night)
Bartolome Island at dawn (I was up because I was sea sick all night)

rock iguana

Santiago Island formed by volcanic lava.
Santiago Island formed by volcanic lava.
female lizard (wearing lipstick)
female lizard (wearing lipstick)

lizard

bff :-)
bff 🙂
black iguana
black iguana
Iguana
Iguana

grasshopper

pelican and friend

pelican

Bahia Ballena Island
Bahia Ballena Island
a baby giant tortoise
a baby giant tortoise

island and boat

Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
Rabida Island with red sand because of iron deposits.
Rabida Island with red sand because of iron deposits.

sea lion

Dolphins!!  It was our last day sailing and our captain came out screaming "dolphins!"  "dolphins!"  (in spanish of course)
Dolphins!! It was our last day sailing and our captain came out screaming “dolphins!” “dolphins!” (in spanish of course)

fishes

sea turtle

frigates on the boat
frigates on the boat
Giant tortoises
Giant tortoises

night shot

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