Galapagos Adventure, the Final Chapter

In previous posts, you have seen some of the animals and birds that inhabit the Galapagos archipelago, but what about the islands themselves?  All are volcanic formations that will in time disappear to be replaced by new ones.  Each has its own characteristics, some of which change depending on the season.

santa cruzLate afternoon sun softened the brown, arid landscape that is Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz cactusIt is dotted with enormous cactuses that are food sources for the species that inhabit the island.

santa cruzOn another side of Santa Cruz are mangrove swamps,  home to large sea turtles, sharks and rays and were explored by dinghy.

rabidaRabida has a rugged coastline and is characterized by its rich red tones.

santiagoSantiago has tuff stone layers, lava flows and a spiritual beauty.

fernandinaFernandina is identified by its black lava rocks

iguanasupon which literally thousands of marine iguanas lounge.

Isabella is a large, craggy island that is inhabited by the human species though we didn’t see any!

Darwin LakeIt is also the site of Darwin Lake, discovered by and named for Charles Darwin whose theories of evolution are associated with the Galapagos.

batolomeBartolome is barren with little sign of life forms,

bartolomebut from its high peak are amazing views of other islands.

Exploring the Galapagos Islands is truly an adventure, one that is appreciated more by some than others if responses to these posts are any indication.  Seeing all there is to see requires lots of hiking, which can be quite challenging, but at every turn there is something new and unexpected.  This was a trip truly worthy of being on the Bucket List!

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10 thoughts on “Galapagos Adventure, the Final Chapter

  1. Your photos are just awesome. What a trip you had.

  2. Visiting the Galapagos is a trip my husband and I have been wanting to take! We have two young children and are not sure if it would be a good trip for them, but we intend to get there soon!!! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos with us. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

  3. this is on my short list, would cameron like it? Thanks for the insider info to this amazing place


    1. I agree, wonderful photos of such unusual islands. Sandy G

  5. The Galapagos Islands are the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of endemic species (birds, land and sea animals, plants) and landscapes not seen anywhere else.

  6. What gorgeous photos of your trip! The scenery is beautiful~ your last photo looks like a calendar shot! You should share these for Outdoor Wednesday 🙂

  7. Wow Linda, these are stunning. I love the last photo….what a wonderful trip..and such great memories 🙂

    Jeanne xxx

  8. It looks like a totally unreal place. Such a cool trip.

  9. What an amazing trip you enjoyed.

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