"This morning, we drop anchor in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL. We travel by bus into the interior of the island to visit a new site called Galapaguera of Cerro Colorado (Red Hill). At Galapaguera, we find Calandrinia an endemic plant of this island. The National Park has established a breeding program for the tortoises and set up an information center for visitors. Passengers not only get to see the terrestrial tortoises living in their natural habitat but also learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals. Afterwards, we head straight to the airport for our flight back to the mainland." - Itinerary
There isn't much to say that isn't communicated through the photographs in the preceeding pages. I had a wonderful time being in such a special place with my family, and with the other passengers on board. The Galapagos Islands are a photographer's dream. The non-marine animals in the islands can consistently be found in known locations, and they don't react very much to human presence. I bid farewell to my family at the San Cristobal airport and met up with the Sky Dancer folk for the next (and last) leg of my Galapagos trip. Whale sharks, here I come! :)
Photo Notes: One of the prominent guide books out there states that the "perfect" lens for a Galapagos trip is a 70-200 zoom, but in my opinion, Canon's 100-400L lens is more ideal. Coupled with a fast-focusing SLR body, you will be even be able to get sharp photos of birds in flight. Be sure to bring a polarizer, because the bright equatorial sun will bleach out daytime colors. You may also need to take photos of animals near or in the water; a polarizer will cut through the glare. In hindsight, I would have brought some sort of fanny-pack that can carry a water bottle, extra lenses and lens cleaning supplies. You can safely carry your camera on the panga if you put a plastic bag around it. I worked out of a large, shoulder bag, which was inconvenient for some of the longer hikes.