Galapagos 2017
Images from a cruise to the Galapagos Islands in February 2017.

Islands visited include:
Baltra - arrival at the airport
North Seymour Island
Bartolomé Island
Rábida Island
Isabela Island
Fernandina Island
Santiago Island
Santa Cruz Island
San Cristóbal Island

It's hard to describe how truly remarkable the Galapagos islands are. These dozen or so remote islands are scattered around the equator 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. They are an absolute treat to visit - especially for those who love nature and unspoiled places.

The islands were made famous by Charles Darwin by his writings on the "Origin of Species". You truly do run into a lot of remarkable animals here. Hundreds of marine iguanas lie next to each other on the black lava rocks on the coast of Fernandina island.

How close you get to the animals is also astonishing. It's not uncommon to see a 300 pound giant tortoise slowly wandering towards you along at foot path or have a curious sea lion follow you around on the beach.
Or even a persistent little Flycatcher wanting to perch in the shade hood of your telephoto lens!

The Galapagos Islands' biggest attraction are probably the birds -- especially the Blue-footed Booby, which do an unusual courtship dance by raising their very-turquoise foot to impress a potential mate. The best way to get around is on a cruise ship so you can visit many islands and take in the extraordinary beauty of this place.
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