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Ecuador day 5: Welcome to Galapagos

Posted in 5D Mark II, Animals, Ecuador, Galapagos, Photography by firthefirst on September 7, 2011

I’m pretty sure we could have stopped on day 4 and it would have been a fantastic trip by all accounts already.  but you only get to do a honeymoon once in a lifetime (one hopes) and so we decided to exercise the nuclear option.  going to the Galapagos is simply something you can’t prepare your mind for.  no amount of watching Master and Commander will make you realize how truly stunning the landscape is, or how incredibly immediate the wildlife is. 

getting there was definitely one of those planes-trains-and-automobiles days, what with a van ride to the airport, flight, bus ride, ferry ride, another bus ride, and finally a dinghy ride to get to our boat.  and what a boat it was.  if Jay-Z or the Queen of England were to visit the Galapagos, I’m pretty sure they’d have to do it aboard the Queen Beatriz, a.k.a. the G6 (which gave a whole new meaning to that horrendous musical malady by the Far East Movement).  this ship was p-i-m-p.  and better yet, out of a passenger complement of 16, we discovered there would only be 5 for our tour (Tina and I included)… which basically translates to less waiting around, more having an awesome time.

since we got in a little late there was little to do the first afternoon except check out the Darwin Research Station to get some education from our guide Edgar about the basics of the Galapagos.  these islands are famous pretty much because of Darwin, but Darwin came here because he heard about how the Galapagos archipelago was a hotspot of volcano and animal activity barely touched by man.  nowadays, this is still one of the best-protected and least-touched places on the planet, due to the Ecuadorian government’s foresight in placing all manner of special protections on the islands.

but that’s only half the story.  despite remaining “relatively untouched”, a mere 200 years of human interaction has managed to completely wipe out at least half a dozen species, vastly alter the plant types of entire islands in the archipelago, and decimate most of the larger animals to 10% of their original populations.  that’s how we define untouched and “well-protected” in our modern age.

many of the changes that humans have made will likely be impossible to undo.  for one, the unleashing of black rats onto many of the larger islands, from ships passing through.  the rats grow large enough that they are able to attack and eat two-year-old land tortoises by clawing and eating through their shells.  so the Darwin Research Center also functions as a Starship Troopers-like breeding facility, where the little armored fellows are raised in platoons for three years before they are sent out to make their way on their own in the wild.

I was happy to find that most policy in the Galapagos matches our standard of “leave no trace” … which of course includes no touching animals.  which you almost forget sometimes because the animals here are comfortable being so much closer to humans than anywhere else in the world.  inevitably, someone crosses that line and almost gets a pelican bill squeezed around his face … but that wasn’t me.

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  1. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife said, on September 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Nice honeymoon (congrats!). Love the huddled turtles.

    • thenaturespydiaries said, on September 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Beautiful photos, great writing but after a full stop (period) comes a capital letter. Sorry for being a pedant but I is what I is.

  2. La SuSea said, on September 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  3. Jessica @ Shhh Mommy's Blogging said, on September 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful honeymoon! I just did a post on how the Galapagos is on my “100 places to go before I die” list so needless to say, I’m pretty jealous. Really interesting about the rats but also super creepy, hope you guys didn’t run into any. Congratulations on your wedding and on being FP’d.

  4. zenlifefrugal said, on September 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Interesting blog post. I found it very informative and eye opening how much we can impact the world around us.

  5. Mariajose said, on September 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Great pictures! My favorite one has to be the first turtle one. And congrats on your wedding and on that honeymoon! Hope you had as much fun as it seems from the outside world. & Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  6. Mikalee Byerman said, on September 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    A true “once-in-a-lifetime” experience – congrats! Absolutely stunning photos…

    🙂

  7. Gail said, on September 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I love your beautiful pictures. This is one place I’ve always wanted to visit. Thanks for a great post!

  8. Lakia Gordon said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Your camera takes some really good photos! Thanks for sharing.

  9. thesevenactivites said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Congrats on your wedding. You sure picked a great place for your honeymoon. Your photos are amazing!

  10. Christina said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    What great pics. My favorit is the one with the peeking turtle, love it! What camera have you used?

    • firthefirst said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      I shot this trip on a Canon 5D Mark II. thanks for checking out my blog, and I’m glad to see you (and others) like the one with the peeking turtle. I wanted to get something different than the usual turtle-standing-in-grass photo that everyone takes in the galapagos.

  11. imagesbytdashfield said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Love the turtles. Why were they numbered?

    • firthefirst said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      the numbered turtles are so they can keep track at the breeding center and make sure the rats (or thieves) haven’t gotten to any of them. you can’t tell from the black and white photo but they’re also color-coded so they know which island the tortoises will go to when they “graduate” from the breeding center and are ready for the wild, since they are all slightly different sub-species.

  12. Amanda (Adele) D said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I love the turtles! Great photos.

  13. upright777 said, on September 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Beautiful Birds & Turtles!

  14. Anita Mac said, on September 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Those turtles are soooo cute! Oh how I am dying to go to the Galapagos!

  15. Products for Oily Skin said, on September 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Truly amazing photos ~ what an incredible experience! It’s now on my list of ‘must visit’ destinations.

  16. Wilfo said, on September 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Simply beautiful my country..!!!!!

  17. Bounds Auctions said, on September 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Did a number days in the Galapogoes a few years back. Similar deal – stayed on boat etc.
    I strongly reccommend this trip to any who can afford to do and suggest that one does before they get advanced in years. It can be a hard trip. I also recommend the rest of Ecuador as well – hope to return again sooner than later.

  18. Red Toenails said, on September 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I wanna go!

  19. Nicole said, on September 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Great photography. I especially love the shots of the animals. You must have had a wonderful experience. I’d love to visit some day.

  20. Marco Izurieta C. said, on September 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Great photographs and I am sure you are a great photographer and enjoyed your trip also… Congratulations and when you come back to Ecuador, give us a buzz! We will be happy to have you and your wife back in Ecuador!

  21. Tutorial Photoshop said, on September 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    nice pics 🙂
    Galapagos is really beatiful

  22. alexhaak said, on September 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Ecuador is intresting place, have been there twice, sorry to say, have not seen those beautyfull islands.

  23. engchick23 said, on September 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Beautiful photographs! I love that the fuzz on the stigma (?) of the hibiscus is visible and that the turtles are numbered like racecars. 🙂 However, I do have a question: What is the name of the small gray bird beneath the hibiscus photo?

    • firthefirst said, on September 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      it’s much bigger in real life than it looks in the photo! it’s a pelican, and is probably about 2 feet tall when it’s standing there like that.

  24. rubymakesprettythings said, on September 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I love your animal pictures!

  25. bagnidilucca said, on September 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I really want to go there. I hope you have more for us.

  26. ls zhao said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    i am pretty sure you must have a wonderful trip just from you nice shot.

  27. PrettyGee said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Nice one. I so love the photos and from it I can see what a beautiful place Galapagos is. Congrats and best wishes!

  28. LynAn said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    wonderful post ..thank you. 🙂

  29. aziesab said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Cuakep buanget…siiiip……

  30. James W. Sasongko said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Wonderful pictures! Love the turtles!

  31. Darlene said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    What a nice place to go for honeymoon…i was thee 5 years ago and from your picturse, the place does look like it still has been properly kept… thnak God for preservation.

  32. fashionforteens said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    These pictures are amazing! The Gálapagos look stunning- our family friends went there last year and loved it. I really want to go; the wildlife is incredible. Hope you have a great time:)
    xo Liza

  33. Betty said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    very beautiful pictures. makes me want to go there for my honeymoon too…

  34. andrea said, on September 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    just beatiful

  35. NickNack said, on September 17, 2011 at 12:32 am

    your photography is amazing, and what a fantastic honeymoon, none of that sandals all-inclusive resort BS you usually hear about. It’s also nice to read about someone so environmentally conscious.

    I’ve always been curious about the Galapagos, but after seeing your pictures I will definitely visit… eventually.

  36. Quadeer Ahmed said, on September 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

    nice pictures…….

  37. You As A Machine said, on September 17, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Great post. Very informative. Interesting to learn about the rats. All wonderful photos, especially the tortoise with the watchful eye.

  38. ishg said, on September 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

    you had me going ‘Wow.’ at the first picture alone. nice. will put this in my bucket list.

  39. timawa1904 said, on September 17, 2011 at 1:48 am

    congrats on your wedding! and the flower you don’t know is hardy hibiscus or rose mallow, it ‘s common here in our country. 🙂

    • firthefirst said, on September 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      thanks for the information! happy to see that people from Ecuador like the photos as well

  40. Marie Lisa Jose said, on September 17, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Wonderful!
    Congratulations on the wedding and on being freshly pressed!

    Lisa

  41. kaiaokamalie said, on September 17, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Beautiful.

  42. Flo said, on September 17, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Lovely pictures. I really like the pelican – the exposure has really caught the body feathers beautifully. What sort of lenses did you use for these photos?

    H

  43. Anni said, on September 17, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Very interesting and nice photos!

  44. kellie @ foodtoglow said, on September 17, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Love the delineation on the pelican photo, and how cute is the wary cactus ground finch? LIke Flo, I’d like to know what lenses you were using.
    What a wonderful way to celebrate your marriage. Thanks for taking the time to share with us less adventurous sorts.

  45. Chif said, on September 17, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Congratulation for photos!

  46. euroben said, on September 17, 2011 at 5:13 am

    What an adventure. Great photos:)

  47. turtlekeziah said, on September 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

    wooowww!!! tortoise!!!!!!! 😀

  48. :*.•.εïз The Silent Beauty εïз.•:* said, on September 17, 2011 at 8:34 am

    i like the turtle:)

  49. Travelling Writer said, on September 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    the pictures are so divine!! love it so much!!! :p

    http://travellersdiningdepot.wordpress.com/

  50. exterhardd said, on September 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Galapagos is a mystery island, it looks like ancient land.
    PS. I like bedroom on the boat.

  51. marlonbrando27 said, on September 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

    i love the place and the photo’s. somehow someday i could visit galapagos. congrats!

  52. the island traveler said, on September 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Every picture captured the beauty of this island. My favorite was the turtle picture that stares shyly back at you. It’s a fun and happy trip as evidence by the sweet smile of the woman in one of the photos. congrats. you got me with the turtle photo!

  53. Imdad Hussain said, on September 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    NIce Pictures……………….

  54. PCC Advantage said, on September 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Firstly, these photos are just stunning!

    Secondly, thank you for sharing the information that you learned throughout your journey (i.e. the black rats eating 2 year old tortoises – who knew??) as it makes us all a little more aware and more appreciative of what we’re looking at.

    Thirdly, congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  55. Tisha Clinkenbeard said, on September 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Wonderful photos and a memorable honeymoon! I love the flowers and the birds especially.

  56. yancypants said, on September 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I loved this entire blog so much. You are an incredible photographer and I loved every picture you posted. I’ve always had such a fascination with the Galapagos Islands and it’s amazing that you began your marriage there. Best of luck in your marriage and in life!

  57. fromevansridge said, on September 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    An apt celebration for a lifetime partnership, I would say. Love the pictures and your reference to Master and Commander…

  58. lalalagae said, on September 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Wow! I’m going to Ecuador next month for 6 weeks of volunteer teaching. Your photos are making me sure that I have to fit a trip to the Galapagos in. I’ll definitely check back for the rest of your honeymoon day pictures!

  59. herjourneyofalifetime said, on September 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    It looks like you had a fantastic time in the Galapagos. I remeber going there during my 3 1/2 weeek trip to Ecuador. It is sucha unique place and you did a great job of capturing the esence of the Galapagos in both your photos and your words!!

  60. anthonyarden said, on September 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Great photos !

  61. Donkey Whisperer Farm said, on September 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Vacation would be nice about now, thank you for sharing.

  62. zaley44 said, on September 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    What great memories and photos…thanks for sharing your special occasion with us. Just beautiful!

  63. zaley44 said, on September 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    What camera/ lenses are you using?

    These photos are so sharp and clear. Together with your artistic perspective and framing, I think you could work for Nat. Geographic…Wow!

    • firthefirst said, on September 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      Canon 5D Mark II and the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II with the 2x III Teleconverter were used for pretty much all of these photos. thanks for checking out my blog!

      • zaley44 said, on September 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

        That’s prime gear…thanks for the info and remarkable photos- enjoy your travels!

  64. nasrulbintang said, on September 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    wow amazing…. i like youre photos is realy good… beautyfull

  65. Kewell said, on September 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Awesome all photos! I like these photo and i like this site, very thank for sharing.

  66. Sophia Morgan (griffinspen) said, on September 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    These are beautiful/amazing photographs! I would love to visit Galapagos, would LOVE to. Sounds like you’re having a great honeymoon–congrats, by the way!

  67. Lindsey said, on September 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I want to go there so badly! I took an ecotourisum class my last semester of college and I fell in love with this place! How beautiful!

  68. charlez said, on September 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I could almost feel the fresh air from my computer…

  69. Venkat said, on September 18, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Nice place to visit.

  70. chava61 said, on September 18, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I visited the Galapagos Islands in 1997. So I enjoyed seeing your photos and remembering my own trip there.

  71. thebigbookofdating said, on September 18, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Stunning photos, it looks like an amazing trip. When I was in Ecuador I couldn’t afford to go there, so I’m profoundly jealous (;

  72. Rajesh Kumar Srivastava said, on September 18, 2011 at 3:06 am

    very beautyfull flower

  73. Marycarmen Lopez said, on September 18, 2011 at 3:38 am

    This is my dream destination! Thanks for sharing.

  74. thiết kế nội thất đẹp said, on September 18, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Wow, beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  75. travelholidayclubber said, on September 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Loving your travel photos!

  76. karavana Danza said, on September 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Awesome pics! I am glad you had a nice honey moon in MY COUNTRY :)!!!!

  77. chinesetea2 said, on September 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

    .i wish i also had a men here by my side.
    good luck and happy forever.

  78. monigold said, on September 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Very sharp photos! Either you’ve got a very powerful lens or the birds and tortoises aren’t frightened by you. Good job!

  79. whatsaysyou said, on September 18, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Wow, beautiful pictures of the island especially the giant tortoises 🙂 I wish I can see the island for myself

  80. juliacastorp said, on September 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    nice trip!

  81. amummusing said, on September 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Great post. I lived in Ecuador for 4 years (married to an Ecuadorian), but still haven’t managed to get to the Galapagos. We always said we wanted to wait until we could afford to do it in style, instead opting for the poor man’s option of a small island just off the Ecuadorian coast called ‘Isla de la Plata’, which does not even begin to compare (just has some of the same bird species and good snorkling)! Now we’re waiting for our three kids to be old enough to come with us and to get the most out of the place. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  82. f-stop mama said, on September 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Wonderful photos! I had no idea of the impact humans have managed to have on such a unique place. Sadly it is not surprising. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  83. Bhushan Shirgaonkar said, on September 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

    The photos are good. Congrats for being freshly pressed.

  84. Борис said, on September 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Good fotos

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  86. gaycarboys said, on September 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    A turtle parking lot:) And all with their registration numbers. It’s so cute.

  87. pratyus92 said, on September 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Nice one, dude!!

  88. Karen said, on September 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Gorgeous!

  89. anni134 said, on September 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    First of all: The photographs are amazing! I would love to visit the Galápagos Islands myself.
    About seven months ago I wrote an essay about the impacts of tourism on the islands, both on flora and fauna as well as on population an economy and it made me think more about what consequences a journey can have and I have to admit that afterwards I started to wonder how tourism on the archipelago can be named enduring.

    • firthefirst said, on September 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      In defense of the ecuadorian authorities, I think they take their job of protecting the galapagos very seriously, and have done a far better job of protecting this natural resource than most other countries would have.

      I do wonder if perhaps they can enact some sort of rotation program, where different islands are open for access on different years, to speed up the rate at which conservation programs can succeed, and minimize the effect of tourism.

  90. rohitmaiya said, on September 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hi,
    First of all, congrats.
    You have kept this article as simple as possible. Can you tell me as to how much does it cost to go to this island. And is it a rule not to touch animals on this island?

    In one of your clips, there are numbers on tortoises. Do they keep track on their numbers?

    • firthefirst said, on September 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      hi there, the cost for visiting greatly depends on the type and length of tour you take, as well as where you are flying from. we traveled with Gap Adventures (http://www.gapadventures.com/) who I would highly recommend.

      it is definitely a rule not to touch animals on the islands (as it should be a rule any time you are dealing with truly wild wild-life).

      the tortoises are numbered at the breeding facility before they are released to the wild. they keep track of them as they grow up through embedded chips that signal all sorts of useful statistics on the tortoises that will help scientists learn more about their lifestyle

      • rohitmaiya said, on September 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

        Thanks for your response.

        I will check with gap adventures. I will be flying from India. So I guess thats quite far and a bit more expensive.

  91. newsy1 said, on September 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    You have a real knack for capturing the beauty of the Galapagos. Terrific post.

  92. TheLoneLogic said, on September 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    That’s really something, such bitter sweetness. Thank you for sharing.

  93. Jewelry {Raffineé} said, on September 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful turtles! Love them!!

  94. Mediamix Weblog said, on September 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Really nice pictures! WOW!

  95. n2 said, on September 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    good

  96. theworldviastandby said, on September 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Amazing photographs! Gorgeous place to have a honeymoon! 🙂

  97. Anna said, on September 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Stunning pictures, the ones of the birds are especially wonderful 🙂

  98. fieldey said, on September 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks volunteering on San Cristobal island a couple of years ago – the Galapagos are the most magical place! Your pictures are wonderful – I’m so jealous!

  99. helpseller said, on September 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, so beautiful, and good want to go.

  100. rogerthepoet said, on September 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Lovely photo’s, I have been to Ecuador and stayed a night in the Amazon, would love to have gone to Galapagos.

  101. sarahnsh said, on September 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I love the pictures, especially of the pink flower and the pelican looks just gorgeous. I know I shouldn’t get too close to him though, pelicans can fit pretty much anything in their beaks, I think!

  102. Lisa DeChavan said, on September 19, 2011 at 1:53 am

    BRAVO on the photos. Beautiful.

  103. newdelhihotels123 said, on September 19, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Nice pics of Ecuador.

  104. Peili said, on September 19, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Pretty fotos and cute animals.You camera must be cool!

    • Moncler outlet said, on September 19, 2011 at 4:18 am

      good!!!!!!!!especially of the pink flower and the pelican looks just gorgeous. I know I shouldn’t get too close to him though, pelicans can fit pretty much anything in their beaks, I think!

  105. Zoe said, on September 19, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Your photos are fantastic. Seriously wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing them.
    Cheers.

  106. Andaman Saravanan said, on September 19, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Good pics.

  107. sylvia said, on September 19, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Lovely Pics

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  109. Ronja said, on September 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Beuatiful pictures and for sure a wonderful experience!!!!

  110. The Art of Color said, on September 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Galapagos is beautiful. I have family who lives in San Cristobal. The islands are definitely enchanting and take you back to a time of simplicity and appreciation. ahhhh. how I miss it. Here is a short video that captures that essence.

  111. Jazmir Beslija said, on September 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

    10 point for video

  112. Mackenzie | Red Roan Chronicles said, on September 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Awesome pictures. That must be an amazing place to visit. Did they tell you about what caused the major population declines? I’m sure the introduced predators have a grand old time there, but is there also a lot of hunting/fishing/poaching that goes on?

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  114. Sara said, on September 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    It looks very nice! 😀

  115. Abel said, on September 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    thanks for sharing your story of your trip to the islands. I hope to make it there one day. part of the bucket list.

  116. GraceLynneFleming said, on September 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    great photos!! 🙂 thanks for sharing

    -grace

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  119. richardianyoung said, on September 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Love your thing Richard – keep it up mate,

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  120. Lu said, on September 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photographs of an intriguing location… what a stunning place to go for your honeymoon!

  121. dannyllama said, on October 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I was fortunate to have worked in the Galapagos Islands several times. Nothing prepares you for the removal of society, and the lack of innate fear of mankind exhibited by the “locals”.

    A truly stunning location


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