The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

On The Panga To Santiago Island: Caroline (UK) And Joanna (Poland)

Marine Iguanas

Santiago Tidal Pools

The "Bano"

Marine Iguanas

American Oystercatcher

Fur Seal

Returning To Eden

Seal Lion Rests On A Ledge


Relaxing With Joanna On The Bow Of Eden

Jeff Hangs Out On The Stern Sun Deck

Bartolome Island And Its Distinctive Pinnacle Rock

Galapagos Penguins

Jeff And Galapagos Penguins

Mickey Mouse Cactus

Volcanic Landscape Of Bartolome Island

Marine Iguana

Jeff Photographs A White Tipped Reef Shark

Hiking To The Summit Of A Small Volcano

Sunset From Bartolome Island

Sunken Volcanic Crater

Joanna Goofs Around On The Panga

Sunset From Bartolome Island

Panga At Dusk

Panga By Moonlight

After an overnight sail from Santa Cruz Island, we arrived at Puerto Egas on Santiago Island (aka James Island or Isla San Salvador--each of the Galapagos Islands have two or three names: Spanish, English, and local). Morris guided us on a tour of the tidal pools where we saw our first fur seal and American oyster catcher. We had an opportunity to snorkel in the bay before returning to Eden and continuing our sail, this time to Isla Bartolome, on the eastern side of Santiago Island. At Bartolome, we were finally able to photograph the Galapagos Penguin. We had an opportunity to snorkel in the bay where we landed. As dusk approached, we hiked to the summit of a nearby 114 meter high volcanic spatter cone. From the summit, we had a 360 degree view of Bartolome Island and nearby Santiago Island. The Pinnicle Rock clearly visible below is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Galapagos Islands. Also visible from the summit is a submerged volcanic crater in the sea below. The volcanic landscape is strikingly similar to that of my home, the Hawaiian Islands. Indeed, the descriptions of the two types of lava, pahoehoe and a'a, are Hawaiian. Pahoehoe is a basaltic lava that has a smooth, hummocky, or ropy surface, which flows advance as a series of small lobes and toes that break out from a cooled crust. A`a (pronounced "ah-ah") describes lava that flows with a rough rubbly surface composed of broken lava blocks called clinkers.

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