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Ecuador -- Mainland and Galapagos Islands, Oct. 2011

Day 05, October 18. Morning at Isla Bartolome. Afternoon at Isla Santiago. Sail towards Isla Santa Cruz.

This might have been our busiest day. We started out with an early run to look for Galapagos Penguins and saw several, then returned to the ship for breakfast.

We then returned to the island and hiked over sand dunes to walk on the beach on the far side, finding evidence of sea turtle nests laid during the night. We then rode the pangas to the boardwalk trail and hiked to the summit of the island. Finally, we returned to the ship, picked up snorkeling gear, and rode back to the beach.

After lunch, we moved across the straits to Isla Santiago where we hiked on the fresh lava (less than 100 years old) and had a chance to do more snorkeling.

After leaving Isla Santiago, we set sail for Isla Santa Cruz, where we had dinner and spent the night.

Day 05, October 18
Pinnacle Rock
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Galapagos Penguin
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Hiking over sand dunes
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Atop the dunes
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Green sea turtle nests and tracks in the sand
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On the beach
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Long walk on the beach
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Panga ride to boardwalk trail
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Boardwalk trail
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Stairs on boardwalk trail heading for the summit
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Jim and Liz rest at overlook along the way (view west)
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Summit view (north) of submerged volcanic craters and start of trail
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Crew at the summit (view west; Isla Santiago in background)
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Marsha and beacon light on the peak
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Sally Lightfoot Crabs and Marine Iguana back at the dock
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Back at the ship
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Snorkeling among lava crags
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New snorkeling friend (Galapagos Sea Lion)
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New snorkeling friend (Marine Iguana)
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Lava Lizard (notice toes held off hot rock)
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Arriving on Santiago (Bartolome in the background)
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Liz on Santiago with lava spout
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Patterns in the lava on Santiago

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Patterns frozen in the lava

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Cast of a 3-inch diameter log caught in the lava flow
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White sand beach with lava on Santiago
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Liz photographing Marine Iguana and Jim (photo by Jim)
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Jim photographing same Marine Iguana and Liz (photo by Liz)
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Sally Lightfoot Crabs
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Snorkeling on Santiago
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American Oystercatchers on Santiago
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Magnificent Frigatebird aboard ship
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Sunset over Isla Pinzon and Isabela
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Sunset from our cabin

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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