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I’ve been three times to the Galápagos Islands, in 2006, 2008 and 2010–each time in July, for a total of four weeks.  Arthur Morris (of Birds as Art) led each trip, with the local guide Juan Salcedo as excellent support.  We went to essentially all the important islands, especially on the last trip, lasting two weeks. The islands belong to Ecuador, which operates them as a National Park, and access is carefully controlled. They are on the equator, about 150 miles across and 600 miles west of the coast; access is by air. As do most groups, we lived on a small boat–ca. 15 clients/leaders and 8-9 crew. All meals were on board;  we went ashore around sunrise (always at ca. 6 a.m.), usually till mid-morning.  We returned ashore in the afternoon, until around sunset. This sometimes alternated with panga (dinghy) rides at places where landing was not feasible.  The captions specify the island where each image was captured, often with additional information.  I hope you will be tempted to go–it’s a marvelous experience!

Blue-footed Booby Takeoff

Booby Pair in a Courting Dance

Bluefooted Booby with two Chicks

Galapagos Tortoise

Pacific Green Turtle

Flightless Cormorants

Marine Iguanas

Marine Iguana Spitting

Land Iguana

Galápagos Penguins

Santiago Island with Sea Lion

Bull Sea Lion with a Mackerel

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Sally Lightfoot Crabs

Our Group,2006

Cactus Lava

Nazca Booby

“Nazca Race”

Waved albatross in Flight

Waved Albatross Pair

Waved Albatross with Chick

Marine Iguana with a View

Daphne Major

Cactus Finch

Large Ground Finch

Red-footed Booby

Magnificent Frigatebird

Frigatebird Family with a Curious Booby.

Swallow-tailed Gulls Feeding Chick

Swallow-tailed Gull

Seven Rays

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