Visiting with iguanas and a high-five from a blue footed booby.

Visiting with iguanas and a high-five from a blue footed booby.

On our third day in Puerto Ayora we took another boat trip this time to Isla Isabela. We departed at 7 am in a perfect weather for navigation. The sea was calm and no clouds in the sky. As we glided across the waters of the archipelago I sat on the front of the boat, mesmerized by the ocean and the flying fish jumping out of the water. After two and a half hours and passing some smaller islands we finally reached the shores of Isla Isabela and its beautiful blue-green waters. Our tour guide took us around the bay for a nature walk. We went to a beach known for iguana nesting and we witnessed many of them trying to dig holes in the ground in order to later lay their eggs. There were hundreds of them roaming the rocky land and the beach, some of the males fighting while others just looking for some shade from the merciless heat. I was able to take some photos of a pelican diving for fish and we even found an iguana egg which has a leathery feel to it. Later we did some more snorkeling and after that went for lunch. After lunch the guide took us to another giant tortoise preserve where scientist make effort to breed and incubate turtles to help in the survival of this species. tortoise is endangered due to many introduced domestic animals which either compete for food or simply trample or destroy the eggs or the little ones. The project is heavily subsidized by foreign money and organizations such as WWF. We finished our tour with a quick look at pink flamingos in a small lagoon.

On the way back to Puerto Ayora I sat on the from of the boat again and enjoyed looking at jumping fish, dolphins, occasional sea lion and the beautiful scenery of the afternoon sky and clouds with soft yellow and orange hues. Gliding over the water with the wind on my face and fresh air seemed to have a hypnotic effect on me and I wished for longer journey. But it came to an end and we pulled in the port with beautiful evening light highlighting the colors of the boats moored in the bay.
That evening we met with Monica, the manager of the Red Mangrove Lodges here in Galapagos. The company operates it’s own guided tours as well as lodges on different islands.
We finally retired to sleep in our room at Red Mangrove Divers lodge after another full day of exploration.

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