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Day 1: Baltra Is, Santa Cruz, & Puerto Ayora

The Galapagos Islands are ~ 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Quito, the capital of Ecuador lies high in the mountains. We flew from Quito via Guayaquil to Baltra Island. We took a short ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island and then a bus to the town of Puerto Ayora where our catamaran "Queen Beatriz" was moored.We settled in and then visited the Charles Darwin Research Station.

In the first photo of each day, there is a BLOG which highlights the day's events.
Day 1 *BLOG*, click on photo, info is below photo.
Day 1 *BLOG*, click on photo, info is below photo.
Approaching Baltra Island
Approaching Baltra Island
Activity on the tarmac
Activity on the tarmac
Arrival on Baltra Island.
Arrival on Baltra Island.
Enroute to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Enroute to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Enroute to Puerto Ayora
Enroute to Puerto Ayora
Tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station
Tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station
Baby Tortoises competing for food
Baby Tortoises competing for food
The Charles Darwin Research Station - grounds
The Charles Darwin Research Station - grounds
These creatures are ~ 125 years old
These creatures are ~ 125 years old
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Tortoises are ~ 125 years old
Tortoises are ~ 125 years old
They have been known to 'yawn' in one's face ..... stinky breath!
They have been known to 'yawn' in one's face ..... stinky breath!
Finch with large beak
Finch with large beak
Galapagos Mocking Bird
Galapagos Mocking Bird
In port
In port
Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Lava Gull - endemic to Galapagos Is. World's rearest gull, only ~ 400 pairs (Lonely Planet)
Lava Gull - endemic to Galapagos Is. World's rearest gull, only ~ 400 pairs ("Lonely Planet")
The Town
The Town
Lava Heron / Striated Heron
Lava Heron / Striated Heron
Sally Lightfoot Crabs
Sally Lightfoot Crabs
Leaving the port
Leaving the port