Tag: Galapagos Islands

The Whole Picture: Galapagos Hawk

The Whole Picture: Galapagos Hawk

| November 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

The high-flying Galapagos hawk enjoys its position at the top of the food chain on the islands. It is the only original predator on the archipelago, and an intimidating one with its piercing scream.

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Lonesome George: A Conservation Icon

Lonesome George: A Conservation Icon

| June 24, 2012 | 7 Comments

Lonesome George was not just a tortoise but also a conservation icon—he was an ambassador to remind us to think about what we are doing to the world. And with his passing we are all, indeed, left a little bit lonelier.

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The Whole Picture: Top of Bartolome

The Whole Picture: Top of Bartolome

| December 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

With a total land area of just 1.2 sq km, the tiny islet of Isla Bartolome offers some of the most beautiful and strangest landscapes in the Archipelago.

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The Whole Picture: Espanola’s Cliffs

The Whole Picture: Espanola’s Cliffs

| December 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

Just 61 sq km in size, Espanola offers great wildlife—sea lions, sea birds and the largest marine iguanas of Galapagos.

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Day Eight: Galapagos Tortoises in Santa Cruz

Day Eight: Galapagos Tortoises in Santa Cruz

| February 6, 2011 | 6 Comments

With echoes of Vonnegut’s narrator ringing in my ears, we disembarked the Millenium one last time to explore Santa Cruz, which offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos Tortoises.

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Day Seven: Mysterious Floreana

Day Seven: Mysterious Floreana

| January 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

In the 1930s, the island of Floreana played host to a great deal intrigue and mystery. A German dentist, his mistress, a young family and a self-styled baroness and her two lovers came to settle on the island.

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The Whole Picture: Marine Iguana at Española

The Whole Picture: Marine Iguana at Española

| January 19, 2011 | 4 Comments

Marine Iguanas from Española are the only subspecies that change colour during breeding season.

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Day Six: Encounters on Espanola

Day Six: Encounters on Espanola

| January 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

Espanola is the oldest of the Galapagos Islands. Once home to thousands of tortoises, the islands population had been depleted to three males and 12 females by 1970.

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Day Five: Visiting San Cristobal and Isla Lobos

Day Five: Visiting San Cristobal and Isla Lobos

| January 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

In the bay, Galapagos sea lions rest on dozens of fishing boats bobbing in the azure bay. Around town, in the shade of benches and statues, sea lions laze, enjoying a brief respite from the sun.

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Day Four: The Sights of South Plaza and Santa Fe

Day Four: The Sights of South Plaza and Santa Fe

| January 10, 2011 | 8 Comments

To say that South Plaza is quite unlike any other island in the Galapagos underscores the amazing diversity of the islands.

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Day Three: From Bachas Beach to North Seymour

Day Three: From Bachas Beach to North Seymour

| January 6, 2011 | 6 Comments

We’re here for the shorebirds—and the island’s brackish lagoons do not disappoint.

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Day Two: Exploring Chinese Hat and Bartolome

Day Two: Exploring Chinese Hat and Bartolome

| January 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

Rounding a corner, we spot a Galapagos hawk perched high above the beach on a bluff—a fearsome predator and scavenger with no natural enemies.

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Day One: From Baltra to Santa Cruz

Day One: From Baltra to Santa Cruz

| January 3, 2011 | 2 Comments

Once landed, we are cautioned to choose our steps carefully. The dock, surrounded by several varieties of mangroves is covered by marine iguanas warming themselves in the sun.

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Cruising the Galapagos: Setting Out!

Cruising the Galapagos: Setting Out!

| January 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

We’re planning to turn our trip to the Galapagos Island into a series of posts that will build upon one another, exploring our trip through the Galapagos over a number of days.

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Cruising the Galapagos: Our Itinerary

Cruising the Galapagos: Our Itinerary

| January 2, 2011 | 4 Comments

Because the Galapagos Archipelago lies isolated 600 miles off the coast of South America, its late discovery by humans, along with a historical lack of predators has set the stage for the greatest showcase for evolution to be witnessed anywhere in the world.

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