Traveling on Ecoventura’s Theory in the Galapagos Islands

 

Read my article, “Traveling to my Dream Destination: The Galapagos Islands,” to see videos 1, 2 and 3 from our first days on “Bays and Beaches” Itinerary A on Ecoventura’s Theory.

Video 4: Espanola is Excellent! Galapagos Islands

Espanola is excellent. In the morning we went to Punta Suarez and we saw marina iguanas swimming, Nazca bobbies nesting, sea lions with their infants. We saw a baby sea lion still attached to the placenta and we were told it was probably born that morning. It was a beautiful walk and we even had a group photo at the blow hole.

For lunch on the yacht, we had a cooking demonstration of Ecuadorian ceviche and ate our lucious lunch on the stunning sun deck.

In the afternoon, we went to Gardner Bay where we went kayaking with turtles, sea lions and pelicans. We went deep water snorkeling with sea lions, turtles, puffer fish and schools of fish.

Later in the day, we walked on a pristine white-sand beach where we watched sea lions frolicking and the sun setting. It was a magical day in Espanola.

Every evening we had a superb 5 course meal with a special menu of the day. I loved my turn to dine with Captain Jhon Feijoo. He is a very personable captain and everyone had a chance to dine at his table. One afternoon, he even went snorkeling with us!

Video 5: Floreana is Fantastic! Galapagos on Ecoventura Theory Dec 11 2019

We had the most fantastic day in Floreana. We started our day with a beautiful breakfast on the sun deck. Sunrise was stunning! We went ashore at Punta Cormorant’s olive-sand beach and we saw 30 flamingos, cut leaf daisies, black and white mangroves and blue-footed boobies. I especially liked the brightly colored sally lightfoot crabs.

We took a walk across the island to a white sand beach where we saw many sting rays in the shallow water and large sized turtles. We went deep water snorkeling at Champion Islet with many sea lions and colorful schools of fish.

After a scrumptious lunch onboard, we went to Post Office Bay which has been a site for exchanging postcards since the 18th century. This island has a colorful history and our guide, Peter Freire, was raised here and shared stories from his family. You can leave a postcard and find one to bring home and mail! We went snorkeling from the beach and a sea lion played with us in the water swimming around and around us and we saw many turtles. 

After going back on board to relax in the hot tub and then get dry clothes, we took a panga ride to Baroness point and saw many more flamingos, marine iguanas and sea lions. Some of our group went kayaking and Sam was on a paddle board. The photo of a sea lion jumping out the water next to him is fantastic! Each day we see so many amazing creatures on every one of our activities and outings. I love the Galapagos Islands.

Video 6: Santa Cruz Island is Superb Turtle Mating and Charles Darwin Institute Dec 12 2019

Santa Cruz island was superb and quite a different day from the rest so far. There are many boats in the harbor of Puerto Ayora which is a town of 24,000.

We drove to the highlands to visit El Chato Ranch, which is privately owned ecological ranch where the giant tortoises roam freely. Did you know that the males can be four times larger than the females and grow to be five hundred pounds!

The giant tortoises were feeling very amorous and we saw several couples mating. One male seemed to be in line for a turn but the first male stuck up its neck and the second male backed away from the female.

We went in the lava tunnels, El Mirador and Los Gemelos (the twins), a pair of massive craters. I liked walking inside the dark tunnels. 

After lunch on our yacht, we went to the Charles Darwin Research Center, where we saw the taxidermied Lonesome George whose death marked the extinction of his species of tortoise from Pinta Island. We also met Diego, the tortoise who was brought over from San Diego and now has nearly 1000 descendants and brought his species back from the brink of extinction.

During our free time in town, I bought a silver necklace and earrings in the shape of turtles. We walked back to the dock and ate ice cream.

Back on board, we had drinks on the sun deck at sunset and enjoyed another marvelous multi-course meal with our friends and fantastic guides.

Want to read more?
Watch all of my Galapagos videos: CLICK HERE

Part One: Traveling to my Dream Destination: The Galapagos Islands

Part Two: Traveling on Ecoventura’s Theory in the Galapagos Islands

Part Three: Sailing the Galapagos Islands on Ecoventura’s Theory and on JJ

TODAY.com: Cultivating Curiosity in the Galapagos Islands

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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