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Galapagos 2
From San Cristobal we motored, nursing a failing water pump on the engine, to Santa Cruz, the main centre in the islands.  Here we have divided our time between walking to local beaches across arid, cactus strewn landscapes and trying to arrange for the shipment and fitting of water pump parts.  We’ve also seen tortoises in the wild here and been underground in lava tubes, tunnels formed by lava from the volcanoes that have formed these islands.  From here we move to the very tranquil island of Isabela.  Here, whilst not helping boats that have dragged onto the beach, we took a horseback trip up a volcano that erupted in the late 70’s to see tremendous lavascapes and more locally to the anchorage we saw the endemic penguins and some white-tip sharks.  Isabela was a beautiful, peaceful place from which to prepare for our Pacific crossing, but we left the Galapagos with very happy memories of these very special wildlife-rich islands.
Date(s): May 2007. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 57 of 57 Total. 5589 Visits.
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Isabela

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A Galapagoes penguin swims by!

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Myrdinn

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Penguins haul-out

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We go ashore to walk a trail

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Walking on the lava - it's razor sharp and hell on feet and shoes

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A unique scape

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Marine Iguanas, not very shy

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Eric and Jenitya look at the sharks in the lagoon

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A white-tip reef shark

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A Sally-Ligtfoot crab, they jump!

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Sealions asleep on the beach

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Merlijn carries Rebecca

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A bull sealion lords it over the beach

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Big fatties!

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Ernst, Merlijn and Trstan from the back!

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The kids and Merlijn

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On Isla Isabela

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Good friends

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We go ashore for lunch

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Flamingos spotted

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A baby giant tortoise!

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It leaked!

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Jonty having a run

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Monca and Beccy on horseback as we go up a volcano, Sierra Negra

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Our group

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Lots of kids!

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The side of the volcano

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The boys crawl through a lava tube

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Looking over the volcano to the other side of the island

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It is quite barren here!

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Some pancake lava

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Some unexpected colour on the land

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Up on the crater

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A vent hole

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More like a moonscape!

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But there is the odd splash of colour

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