May 25th: Mission to Mars

Today we awoke to a new view: Santiago, which is an uninhabited island in the Galapagos. After a wet landing, we ventured on a lava rock hike. The deep red sand and lava rock of Santiago reminded us of the surface of mars, and it was hard to believe where we were! This hike ended in a snorkel adventure, in which we saw Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, and the crowd favorite, sally lightfoot crabs. This snorkel trip was made even more fun and adventurous by a few curious sea lions that swam with us. Needless to say, many photos were taken.

After a large lunch and siesta (nap), we went on yet another snorkel. We saw so many sharks, rays, penguins that it was hard to keep track of them! Although the water may have been cold, our hearts were warm with wildlife love. A brief change of clothing, and we were back to hiking; this time on Bartolome, another uninhabited island. We hiked to the top of a small volcanic mountain. The view, along with the steep hike, took our breath away. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing, eating, and more species listing.

Tonight, we will be staying off the coast of Santiago (good news for those with sea sickness), and will be exploring more of Santiago before leaving for Santa Cruz. Adios amigos!

Quote of the day – “Gatorade – it’s made from the bones of gators.”

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