If I am going to be honest, Day 6 was my least favorite day while touring the Galápagos Islands, and it was all due to this lovely fella above – the marine iguana. He still gives me the heebie jeebies. We had seen the marine iguanas throughout our earlier excursions, but we got up close and personal with about a million of them at Punta Espinoza. Also, Punta Espinoza is home to the flightless cormorants birds, which I featured in yesterday’s post.
But let me back up, Day 6 brought us to Fernandina Island, the youngest of all the islands, clocking in at one million years old. It is the most volcanically active island and sits at the center of the hot spot that created the Galápagos Islands. With that said, Fernandina still does not rank high for me…those marine iguanas..aren’t they creepy? Or is it just me?
During our snorkel visit to Fernandina, I got a little too close to one of the marine iguanas swimming, and well, that was it for me, into the panga I went, no regrets for cutting the excursion short. None. After watching the video below, do you see what I mean?
After our visit to Fernandina, we navigated to Isabela Island, the largest of all the islands. We entered Isabela Island through Tagus Cove, just as the early explorers, pirates and whalers had done years ago. Although we had the sense not to graffiti the stones with our names and hometowns as previous visitors did up until the 1970s. Once land based, we climbed numerous steps which led us to a beautiful view of Darwin Lake (comprised of salt water).
Most of our walks through the islands had always been leisurely, until Isabela. Victor (our guide), had us almost running to catch up every time we stopped to take pictures during this excursion. It was all for a purpose though. Victor wanted to get us to a viewpoint.
Above is a picture of our group at the Isabela viewpoint. Thank you to Andy, from our cruise, for sharing this group photo (and the close up of the iguana above!)! We were all so giddy and excited when we made it to this spot. The beautiful and expansive landscape was, for lack of a better term, awe inspiring. Gazing over the landscape felt like a moment straight out of the Lion King, when Mufasa tells Simba, “look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” In this case, it certainly was not my kingdom, but a girl can dream, right?
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