O.M.G.alapagos

Welp, I just finished up my 8 day boating trip around the southern islands of the Galapagos and all I can say is OMG THAT WAS AWESOME! The combination of seeing extremely rare animals, living on a boat with 15 other crazy internationals, and just being able to say that I’ve been to the islands was incredible.

I don’t even know where to start describing my experience. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I waited until I arrived in Equador to book my cruise and was able to secure a last minute spot for hundreds of dollars less. And those saving were affirmed when I discussed pricing with some of the other international passengers. Keep in mind that these cruises are uber expensive and last minute spots are not guaranteed. I ended up paying under $2k for an 8 day cruise to 6 islands and my flight over. But other passengers paid hundreds if not a thousand dollars more when booking abroad. So if you can swing it, take the extra days from work and head to Quito or Baltra/Santa Cruz with some extra time to book.
After a smooth arrival to Baltra with what seemed like every geriatric traveller in the US & UK, I met my guide Johan at the airport and took a short bus to the boat. Now, if you haven’t taken the time to even look into the pricing of Galapagos boats, let me enlighten you, $2k is like chump change there. So that amount got me a first class ticket to the oldest boat in the water. But, I will say that this class of boat brought along with it a fantastically hilarious crew and even kookier passengers. So you can guess that not long after introductions, we became the misfits of the sea that poked fun at ourselves and the geriatric luxury yachts.

The Guantanamero in all her glory. Not much for looks, but lots of charm.

The Guantanamero in all her glory. Not much for looks, but lots of charm.


Once we set sail, the crew quickly whipped us into shape with a daily schedule enforced by the clanking of a huge bell before each activity and meal. The schedule typically consisted of breakfast at 7am, dinner at 6:30pm, 2 snorkeling trips and 2 land excursions. So needless to say, we were all exhausted at the end of each day. But the exhaustion was worth it because each island was different from the next and the wildlife was out of this world. Evidently the islands to the south are the oldest because the tectonic plates are shifting everything southeast, so the wildlife we saw were some of the oldest species and different from those in the north.
The map of our 8 day schedule and sailing route.  We waited until day 2 to tell Johan, our guide, that the map was rather phallic and sexual.

The map of our 8 day schedule and sailing route. We waited until day 2 to tell Johan, our guide, that the map was rather phallic and sexual.


When looking back on our daily activities, I would definitely say that the snorkeling and sea animals outshone those on land. I mean, getting to snorkel with a groups of penguins, sea lions and hammerhead sharks pretty much took the cake. But of course the blue footed boobies were in a class all their own. Definitely my favorite bird with it’s goofy look and fascinating mating habit.
Male Frigate bird attracting the ladies.

Male Frigate bird attracting the ladies.


A male blue footed boobie doing his mating dance for a lady boobie. This dance was reenacted multiple times throughout the trip with the crew.

A male blue footed boobie doing his mating dance for a lady boobie. This dance was reenacted multiple times throughout the trip with the crew.

His feet are so blue!

His feet are so blue!

Baby penguin posing for the group.

Baby penguin posing for the group.

Just your everyday land tortoise hanging out on the farm.

Just your everyday land tortoise hanging out on the farm.

Fatty fat land iguana

Fatty fat land iguana

We got to espanola island just in time to see the Galapagos Albatross flying in from Chile for mating season.

We got to espanola island just in time to see the Galapagos Albatross flying in from Chile for mating season.


Aside from the animals, getting to know and spend copious amounts of time with my fellow passengers was very enjoyable. I was the only American on the boat, so you can only guess how much fun the others had at quizzing me on my views of American issues. Low pay for teachers and healthcare were popular topics. But aside from the serious stuff we all had a good time poking fun at the one Brit on board that somehow managed to break or lose something everyday of the trip. Whether it be dropping her expensive camera in the water, losing her watch or just saying ridiculous things about life in the UK, she definitely kept us laughing. In total, we had 3 Germans, 1 Brit, 4 French Canadians, 2 Danish and 3 Swiss passengers. Quite an interesting bunch!

Altogether,(in case you haven’t guessed already) my detour to the Galapagos was well worth every penny. The natural beauty and youth of the islands was something very special to experience. So, go book your trip now!

Heading for a swim with my sea lion friend

Heading for a swim with my sea lion friend

Jill the land tortoise

Jill the land tortoise

I'll take a little sea lion with my sand.

I’ll take a little sea lion with my sand.

Therapy session with the land iguana. He said the cactus was good this year.

Therapy session with the land iguana. He said the cactus was good this year.

Espanola island - definitely the most beautiful scenery and wildlife

Espanola island – definitely the most beautiful scenery and wildlife

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One thought on “O.M.G.alapagos

  1. Well girly, you did it again. Blew me away with adventure! Definitely wish I was there. I am so glad you are experiencing the awesome gifts of beauty and friendship God has provided. I can only imagine. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! Looking forward to your next leg of the journey!

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