I visited the Galapagos in Jan/Feb 2007, with a couple days on the
mainland. As a student of evolutionary biology it was always a region
of intrigue in my mind, which was enhanced after reading (or more
accurately listening to the audiobook) the Pulitzer-Prize winning Beak
of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner, a fantastic book!
Day 1: San Cristobal and Kicker Rock - sea lions and scenics
Day 2: Genovesa Island - red footed boobies, short-eared owls, Nazca boobies,
Day 3: Santa Cruz, Bachas Beach - marine iguanas, lava lizard, scenics
Day 3: N. Seymour - frigatebird displaying, land iguanas
Day 4: Isabela - lavafields, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorant
Day 4: Fernandina - masses of marine iguanas, Galapagos flycatcher
Day 5: Bartolome - Pinnacle Rock scenics, Sally lightfoot crabs
Santa Cruz - Giant tortoises
Espanola - my favorite! Sea lions, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, oystercatcher,
colorful marine iguanas.
Bosque Cerro Blanco -
dry tropical forest reserve and wildlife center outside Guayaquil.