On 26 Sep 2017, as usual, we had an early start for an all day long trip to explore and trek on North Seymour Island!
With previous day’s experience, I was really excited and looking forward we all packed the bare essentials like water bottle, some fruits, yogurt, and snacks (as lunch will be provided) en route.
Had similar breakfast like previous day at the hotel consisting of fresh made eggs, toast, juices, bread. We were ready and were picked up at 7:30 AM for a 20 minute ride to North most point of Santa Cruz island. This will be our embarking point for next three days to tours to various Islands.
At 8:15 AM, we reached at the port to embark on the boat. There were a group of 15 passengers and 6 crew members who knew exactly what they are doing. Most of these boats/yachts are capable of carrying about 15 to 20 passengers with 4 to 6 crew members.
We were ready! However not for this 😉
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit among the ledges and rocks. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom.
This island was teaming with life!
The boat ride was about 2 hours and we started at 8:30 AM. Much calmer water, warmer temperature (at about 55-60 F) and larger boat helped a lot.
As we got closer… We could see Daphne Major and Daphne Minor very clearly. This is how Galapagos Islands are made up of. We’ll sail past them to North Seymour.
After about 1 more hour of yacht ride, we reached North Seymour Island. There are no landing pads in these islands. Yacht is anchored about 200 yards away from island and we take life-boat (6 at a time) to the island.
On Seymour, we are greeted by a happy-puppy seal, sitting right at the spot, where we step on to the slippery rocks.
Landscape of North Seymour could not be any farther from that of Santa Fe. Though both islands very rarely get any rain, the birds, iguanas, and seals here are in plentiful. We are in their land and they do NOT fear human beings.
Birds and Iguana roam freely, this is their land and we are guests.
You CAN NOT VISIT ANY of these islands without a Government authorized guide!
Symbiotic Relationship between species… More birds!
This is first time we saw Frigate Birds! Amazing creatures, Perfection of Evolutionary Design! More to come on these magnificent “wolves of the sky“
All the birds nest on the floor, as there are no trees here.
Blue-footed boobies, the most fascinating bird in Galapagos. Now you know why they are called blue-footed boobies! Baby Blue-footed do not have blue feet, they turn blue as they grow and feed on blue-green algae from the ocean.
As we were walking, we ran into an amazing display of Evolutionary fight End-2-End. This is so common here that we were able to capture the event live. Following video is bit long.
Most birds nest on the floor and in open.
Landscape was raw nature unmolested by humans yet.
Guide was giving a hand to navigate the land to my sister.
We walked around the whole island and it took us about 2 hours. Along the way we saw crabs, dead seal, cacti, marine iguanas, and various kinds of birds.You can see the crab scraping and eating algae from the rocks.
Return ride on the boat was uneventful, more so because we were all so tired. Many slept off in the calm ride of the boat.
Finished the day with awesome dinner at local road-side restaurant in Santa Cruz and winded the day down.
Ended another AWESOME and so very ready to hit the bed.
Next day the next adventure!
Till then so long.