In the Galapagos Islands, practically every moment is a wow moment. Life and landscapes are so beautiful and spectacular here that we often find ourselves being surprised at the turn of every corner. It might have something to do with the tameness of the endemic species of the Galapagos archipelago and how they don’t seem to be bothered by human presence at all. Or perhaps it has to do with the otherworldly surroundings that make us feel like we might be on a movie set or on Mars. Regardless of which way you choose to see it, a visit to the Galapagos becomes an unforgettable memory. Aboard our amazing expedition vessel, we have had the opportunity to experience some unbelievable moments throughout the year! Here are our TOP 5 wow moments in Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz II!
Chris Klassen explores the ridiculously playful nature of sea lions in this first-hand experience of sea lions in Galapagos. Read up on his incredibly detailed and vivid experience that he had with these super capricious and curious creatures – a Galapagos BIG15 species that virtually treated him like a toy!
Martin Barreiro manages to paint a beautiful picture of his expedition over at Las Bachas and the vividly pink American flamingos that welcomed his expedition crew, referring to them as “ballet dancers on water.” It’s a blog that’s perfectly paced and shows us just how far an incredible a bit of luck can go in the Galapagos when it comes to experiencing magical things!
During the boat’s visit to Rabida Island, Martin Barreiro and his group had the chance to observe life in its earliest stages. Thanks to the good eye of these naturalist guides, the group spotted some cute baby mockingbirds that were waiting in their nest to be fed by their parents. Because all animals roam freely in the Galapagos, sometimes it’s just a matter of being at the right place at the right time!
Nathalie Moeller sure finds a whole new way of describing these majestic sea creatures that peacefully float around her, circling and praising her like the princess that she is as they peacefully swim about her elvish and enigmatic nature. Moeller describes how they managed to transmit an absolute sense of peace and calmness, seemingly existing with a worry in the world. She reminds us of how we should always keep our distance from creatures in the Galapagos, not because they’re dangerous, but because they don’t mind getting super close to us!
Martin Barreiro once again manages to beautifully document his experience on Fernandina Island – one of the youngest islands in Galapagos – to share a spectacular moment with us. He writes about how his expedition crew peacefully checked out the underwater life as they stood atop the lava rocks of the bay. Caught up in a mesmerizing amount of wildlife that wonderfully added to the beauty and nature of the place, along with one of the rarest BIG15 species present – the rare flightless cormorant, it’s an experience that brings him and our guests that much more in touch with the wonder and beauty of nature itself.
It’s been a great year for all the explorers we’ve had with us throughout the year, and we can’t wait to see what wonderful and magical surprises 2018 has in store for us. On behalf of the Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise and Metropolitan Touring, we wish you a Happy New Year!