A vacation cruise of the Galapagos Islands offers many activities that enhance the travel experience. On a week's cruise on the M/V Evolution of Quasar Expeditions, our small group of 19 travelers enjoyed hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, exploring, and interacting with the unique and diverse wildlife of these remote islands.
This photo gallery provides an overview of some of the things we did while in the Galapagos Islands. People who say a trip to the Galapagos islands is a "trip of a lifetime" are telling the truth.
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Sea Lions on Mosquera Island
Isn't the sand on this tiny island gorgeous? We were there to see the dozens of Galapagos sea lions.
Taking Photos of Sea Lions on Mosquera Island
We quickly learned that the sea lions were as curious about us as we were about them. They also almost always willingly posed for photos.
Exploring Quiet Coves in a Panga
Rigid inflatable boats called pangas are used by Quasar Expeditions for exploring the smaller coves of the Galapagos Islands.
Learning About the Wildlife from Naturalist Guide
Our expert naturalist guide, Samuel, stopped often when we were hiking to explain the vegetation, wildlife, or geology of the Galapagos Islands.
Photographing a Marine Iguana
Wildlife doesn't always pose in a convenient position for photographers. The Galapagos Islands are a photographer's dream, since the wildlife is everywhere.
Conversation with a Sea Lion
It's either a conversation or a staring contest as this young woman has a face-to-face with a curious sea lion.
Kayaking at Genovesa Island
Darwin Bay is an ancient volcanic caldera, so the water is often calm, making it perfect for kayaking in the Galapagos Islands.
Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia) on Santa Fe Island
It's not just the wildlife and geology that are fascinating in the Galapagos Islands. Santa Fe Island has huge stands of prickly pear cactus (also called opuntia), some over 30 feet high.
Boarding Panga from Wet Landing on Isla Santa Fe
Many panga (small boat) landings in the Galapagos are wet, so visitors need to be sure to take along water shoes. Some of the sea lions were happy to see us go; others could care less.
Searching for Giant Tortoises on Santa Cruz Island
Giant tortoises may be big, but they sometimes like to hide in the brush. They are also territorial, so our guides gave us some hints as to where we might find some of these giant creatures.
Linda Garrison and Giant Tortoise on Santa Cruz Island
Aren't I brave? That's me squatting next to the ferocious giant tortoise. It took a lot of coaxing to keep him from speeding away (not really). Having a photo made with all of the wildlife is a "must" for visitors to the Galapagos Islands.
Exploring Lava Tube on Santa Cruz Island
The volcanic nature of the Galapagos is confirmed when exploring these underground lava tubes, which stretch for over a half-mile near the village of Bellavista on Santa Cruz Island.
Linda Garrison Wearing Life Vest in Panga on Galapagos Cruise Vacation
Are we having fun yet? You bet!