Trip Dates: August 11-17, 2003
Vessel: M/Y Flamingo (Ecoventura)
Visit Sites: Genovesa, South Plazas, Baltra, North Seymour, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Bartolome, Santa Cruz, Española
Guides: Renato Pérez and Jose Luis "Pepe"
Participants: Blanche Bronwit, Isabelle & Steven Carpenter, Edward Cheng, Eric Cheng, Shu-Ching Cheng, Wendy Cheng, George & Sarah Deeb, Bonnie Kolber, Jerry Kolber, Shelley Kolber, Justina Lambert, Ken Mehrling, Larissa Rosanoff-Ruch, Olivier N. Ruch-Rosanoff, Donald and Karen Young
My family booked a week-long trip aboard the M/Y Flamingo, which is owed and operated by Ecoventura (along with its sister ships, the Eric and the Letty). The Flamingo holds twenty passengers, and was a comfortable boat. Smaller boats are an advantage in the Galapagos because larger cruise vessels are not allowed to go to some of the islands, and because each boat has a limited amount of time on the island, passengers on large vessels have less time on the islands. Not long after boarding the Flamingo, we started motoring to Genovesa Island. Wendy and my mom have both been doing a lot of reading about the Galapagos, so between the two of them and our excellent guides, I am learning a lot!
"Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL Island, our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. This afternoon, visit Cerro Brujo, a beautiful white, power-sand beach, offering a subtle introduction to these extraordinary islands. As the sun sets, we cruise around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a vertical tuff cone formation that abruptly juts up almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, we find blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and magnificent frigate birds." - Itinerary
El León Dormido (or, Kicker Rock)
El León Dormido (the sleeping lion) is a dramatic tuff cone that sits alone in the water. We cruised by it on the way to Genovesa Island, so close that its vertical walls towered high above us. On the way, a large school of jellyfish drifted by, their transparent bells glistening in the warm light of the setting sun, as blue-footed boobies dive-bombed sardines close by. We caught the sleeping lion just before the sun set, with the almost-full moon rising just behind its walls. The small formation is covered with frigate birds and boobies! It was our first time seeing them, but the guides told us to save our film, because the next day, we would be literally within just a few feet of them. :)