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Bartoleme and North Seymour
Amazing Galapagos and Peru

At the equator, EcuadorAt the equator, Ecuador (Amy Pelloquin)
We keep thinking that the trip can't get any better, and are continually proven wrong. Bartoleme is breathtaking: an arid volcanic landscape in contrast with the greener areas and beaches. The volcano tubes are everywhere and my kids are fascinated by how light the volcanic rock is. The snorkeling is again, great. We see literally hundreds of blennies and colorful coral. We would have stayed for hours, but the water is a bit chilly and when our lips turn blue, we have to go in. The Millenium crew is so great, and are there to pick us up as soon as we have the thought to get out.

Back to the boat to warm up and eat way too much, yet again. Now we head to North Seymour. A small island to have so much bird life. The magnificent frigate birds with their bright red throats make us feel like we are in a National Geographic film. I have rarely seen adults and children alike so excited about bird-watching! We also have a good laugh at some blue footed boobies that are strutting and showing off.

Birdwatching in the Galapagos is easy - just go on the top deck and look up. The frigate birds love to soar overhead and hang out on the boat! The boat also seems to be a favorite place for sea lions to hang out also - they fly out of the water onto the deck of the boat and fuss at us as we step over them!

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