One of the highlights of our trip to the Galapagos Islands was that the animals ignore human visitors unless you get too close. Any month is good to visit, but October is particularly special because of all the newborns and hatch-lings we saw. We snorkeled with penguins, white tipped sharks and sea lions, and came face to face with giant tortoises.
We stepped into a veritable maternity ward with dozens of sea lions nursing their newborns. Ambling along the shoreline of Santiago, we came across fur sea lions, a species that was once on the verge of extinction.
A glut of marine Iguanas lounging lazily in the sun blended into the landscape so well so you had to step carefully to avoid stepping on them or their droppings.
Hundreds of dolphins swam alongside our ship one evening, and another day as we crossed the Bolivar Channel we spotted seven Bryde’s whales just off the bow . We hiked along ancient lava tunnels and felt like explorers going back to the beginning of time .