May 28th: Turt watch 2013… a success!

Today was a day for the wilderness explorer in all of us! We began by eating another wonderfully prepared and served breakfast, and then traveled to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, which is off the coast of Isabela. On our first hike of the day we saw several new species, such as flightless cormorants, and we even got to see nature take its course when we witnessed a newly born marine iguana being eaten by a great blue heron.

After this exciting adventure we were treated to another snorkel that appealed to the kid in all of us. We were able to observe green sea turtles feeding extremely close by, and even spotted an octopus! After a well deserved lunch, we were off again, this time to Isabela, where we hiked to a glorious, albeit warm, view of Darwin Lake, which is a huge salt crater lake. The crew was then kind enough to take us on a small boat tour of the surrounding area, where we viewed penguins, frigate birds, and far too many other species to name! Each day we wake up not knowing what to expect, but our expectations are always surpassed and we love the islands more and more. Tomorrow we will be writing from Santiago again, where we will have our last full day touring the island. Adios amigos!

Quote of the day: “I guess it’s time for me to go drink my fruity sweat!”

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