Day 8 (Sunday, May 28): San Cristobal Island

Just like that our trip was near its end. From our yacht, the M/Y Letty, the place we called home for a week, we watched the sunrise over the Galapagos for the last time.

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We disembarked the M/Y Letty and took the panga for the last time, to the place where we started the trip, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal. We just had a little time to walk around town. We saw the now familiar animals -- Marine Iguanas, Striated Herons and Sea Lions -- on the beach and on the rocks.

Marine Iguana

Striated Heron

Galapagos Sea Lion (this is a suckling pup)

Galapagos Sea Lion

Galapagos Sea Lion

On this whole trip, I thought I would see the Lava Gull easily and often, but I actually hadn't seen it prior to this point. It was apparently not that common in the islands. But here, almost in the last hour, I found one in the shallow water near a boat launch in town -- this was my last and 28th new bird in the Galapagos, capping a wonderful week with a -- as they say -- cherry on the cake.

Lava Gull

In town, the ubiquitous Yellow Warblers greeted us from everywhere -- in parks, on streets, even in restaurants. I am still amazed by the adaptation of this marvelous little warbler.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

But all things must come to an end. After lingering in town for a little bit longer, we had to take the bus, then the plane, to go back to the mainland.

San Cristobal

San Cristobal

My last glimpse of the Galapagos from the plane to Guayaquil.


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