panoramic view from the summit of Bartolome is one of the most photographed
landscapes on the islands.(See middle picture above).We had a 6am
wake-up call for the walk to the top as it gets quite warm later
in the day. Park Rangers have built wooden steps up to the summit
to prevent erosion - 372 stairs to be exact. The volcanic moonscape
of rust colored spatter cones contrasts with the large pale tuff
cones and sooty lava flows. Few plant species can withstand the
drought conditions that occur here. But
the landscape did have some interesting plants including the lava
cactus and the tiquilia shrub which are food for the lava lizards.
After breakfast we walked over sand dunes to a nice sandy beach
where ghost crabs were scurrying about and disappearing into their
create interesting patterns in the sand from spitting out sand balls
while searching for tiny organisms.
While snorkeling around the tip of the island we saw a white tip
shark swimming back and forth under us, a few penquins, a chocolate
chip star and of course more playful sea lions.
snorkeling trip in the afternoon off Puerto Egas on the western
end of Santiago Island proved quite an adventure. Barb was swimming
back to the beach when a booby bird was attacked by a frigatebird,
causing the booby to drop their newly caught fish. It dropped into
the water right in front of her and immediately four pelicans swooped
in to grab it. Barb ducked under the water to keep from being hit.
later walk on the beach was one of the best of the trip. We finally
found some fur seals sleeping under a ledge in the sea grotto. There
were hundreds of marine iguanas warming themselves on the lava rocks.An
oyster catcher tried to open a sea urchin. For our last night in
the Galapagos, we were treated to a beautiful sunset.
was filet mignon and a flaming Baked Alaska for dessert. Thought
they were going to set the boat on fire the flames were so large,
but guess they knew what they were doing!