Our Galapagos adventure took us to the magnificent islands of Fernandina and Isabela. Fernandina is home to one of the world’s most active volcanos on one of the world’s most pristine islands. As the Galapagos’ youngest island, it is the perfect home for sea lions and marine iguanas.
One of the most incredible aspects of traveling in the Galapagos is how close you come to the wildlife. Sea lions, iguanas, sea turtles, frigates, and boobies are three to five feet away from you. The Galapagos gives new meaning to the phrase, “communing with nature”!
After a lovely, relaxing lunch and a nap on the ship’s back deck, my niece, Claire, and I took a zodiac ride around the island of Isabela. Shaped like a seahorse, Isabela is the largest Galapagos island and at one million years old, one of its youngest. Isabela was formed by the merging of six volcanos, five of which are still active. Isabela offers an example of another kind of volcanic terrain, tuff. It is soft, volcanic ash that, after pouring forth from the volcano, forms itself into fantastic and rugged shapes.
The island of Isabela is cut in half by the equator. Midway through our trip we passed from the northern to the southern hemisphere. What better way to celebrate such an auspicious crossing than with a cocktail party?