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Galapagos Cruise on the Angelito

It’s exciting to fly out of Quito since the city sits in a bowl high in the Andes, surrounded by mountain peaks, with the airport nestled right next to downtown. Soon we were up and over, on our way to our first island in the Galapagos.

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The frigate birds were constantly following the Angelito
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Judy Green
At 2:00 a.m. we heard the anchor rattle up for the departure for Baltra. I got up to watch the crew maneuver expertly around the boats in the harbor. At dawn we circled Daphne Island, little more …
Lingering after breakfast on board the Angelito
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Judy Green
We panga-ed to Floreana’s beach and followed a sandy path to see flamingoes nesting at the edge of a lagoon. Max and Sina from Stuttgart enjoyed the mud in their bare feet, but the rest of us …
Going to town: unloading the panga at Ayora
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Judy Green
In the town of Puerto Villamill, we strolled along a shady nature path that was part of an outpost of the Charles Darwin Research Center, admiring the flora—real trees!—and trying not to …
The open-air airport on Baltra
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Judy Green
In Punta Moreno, we walked on a long stretch of fissured pahoehoe lava to see a troupe of flamingoes trolling in a brackish pond. They were such clowns that you could imagine them in a Disney film, …
That famous marine iguana smile on Fernandina
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Judy Green
The boat traveled to Bay Urbina, where we hiked into the lowlands of Fernandina. We saw land iguanas digging nests (slowly), and we were very lucky to see two tortoises which had traveled down from …
Pahoehoe lava - and this is the lava that is easy to walk on
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Judy Green
We woke up to watch the crew setting the anchor off Playa Tortua Negro beneath another lovely sunrise. (The day length, with sunrise and sunset promptly at six, was much the same as at home in Maine …
A stack of marine iguanas on Fernandina
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Judy Green
We woke up for a beautiful magenta sunrise, and watched a small shark fin cutting the water next to the boat. After breakfast, the boat anchored off Isla Mosquera (Fly Island), along with four or …
Giant tortoise came down from the highlands in the rainy season
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Judy Green
Flying out of Quito, Ecuador, is exciting. The city sits in a bowl high in the Andes, surrounded by mountain peaks, with the airport nestled right next to downtown, so we fairly leapt out of the …

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