July 1, 2018 – day 3 morning activity
A hike on Isabela Island was on the agenda right after breakfast. There were whispers we might see giant tortoises, and maybe land iguanas. But no promises were made. We set out in the Pangas for our first wet landing. Wet landings were usually just a little bit wet. We stepped off the Panga into ankle deep water, and most wet landings were easier than dry landings.
We landed near a small cove which Fernanda said was used as a nursery for young Pelicans.
This part of the Island has lots of greenery, even though we were at the beginning of the dry season.
The rest took off in several groups for the Big Kid’s Hike, while Amy and I had our own personal guided Kiddie Hike. Seriously … our Shore Walks (the PC term for our walks) were very good and we saw most of the same things, but missed the higher elevation views of the island. Fernanda told us about the giant tortoises and explained how we needed to look in the underbrush, because they liked to make little resting spots out of the sun.
We kept looking, and hoping to see a giant tortoise, but the closest we got was giant tortoise poop.
We did see birds: a Yellow Warbler, some Darwin Finches, and a Galápagos Mockingbird.
We turned a corner and …
There he was!!! Fernanda thought this was a young male. He just sat there, but looked around and watched as we walked by.
He wasn’t the largest tortoise we would see during our visit, but he was the most exciting. We were very happy to be able to see a giant tortoise in the wild.
We continued walking and turned another bend to see …
We turned back after seeing this beautiful land iguana, but heard the other hikers saw a few more. It had been a very successful shore walk!
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