First Impressions of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The airplane flew my group from Quito to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos. As our airplane landed I thought to myself that this was the second most underwhelming scenery when landing (second only to the lava field airport in Reykjavik, Iceland). Baltra and much of the Galapgos is semi-arid leading to a desert-type feel- not what I was expecting! My first impressions of the Galapgos were that of “uh-oh, what did I get myself into”.
From the airport we hopped on very hot open-air bus for about 5 minutes, long enough to drive the group to the nearby dock. In the middle of the bay sat the San Jose, my home for the next 7 days.
Our first order of business was to quickly leave the bay in Baltra near the airport and move to a different bay- Playa de Bachas. A short dinghy ride to the beach later, we set off on our first nature walk. Pedro, our guide is from the Galapagos and is really into birds and volcanoes.
I was really into seeing the colorful crabs and baby turtles.
Brown Pelican posing:
Blue-footed boobies flying overhead:
Marine Iguana sunning himself:
The white sand beach was really gorgeous but it was also a nesting ground for the Galapagos Green Sea Turtles.
On the sand dunes the mama turtles lay their eggs and bury them. The hatched baby turtles then have to run like the wind to the ocean before they get eaten by a prey bird. Usually this happens at night but we were lucky (?) enough to see the turtle hatchling sprint for the shores.
After we were completely defeated in spirit from the prey birds’ catches (I ended the video before the little sea turtle was carried away to be eaten), we did some snorkeling to cool down from the 90 degree day with 90% humidity (at least!!!)