Galapagos: Buccaneer Cove, Playa Espumilla, Rabida Island

Day 9: Another morning, another stunning backdrop of cliffs and tuffs. We took a dinghy ride along the rock face of Santiago Island's Buccaneer Cove, whose striations were formed by successive volcanic eruptions, combined with the effects of waves and salt. We saw cormorants, swallow-tailed gulls (including a very hungry, continually chirping youngster, almost as big …

Galapagos: Tagus Cove and Punta Espinoza

Day 8: We awoke in a small bay, Tagus Cove - we thought it might be a caldera because it seemed to form such a neat circle, with the rock wall completing about a 270 degree arc - but it is simply an inlet. We made a fairly early 7:30 start via dinghy. As we sat …

Galapagos: Isabela Island

  Day 6: Today we had one long excursion, instead of the usual morning and afternoon trips. We set out by dinghy to our first port of call on Isabella Island: Puerto Villamil. Upon arrival, I was immediately captivated by penguins swimming and somersaulting in the harbor, and by huge marine iguanas, perhaps four feet long …