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Bartolomé


Day 15 - 8th August 2013

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Part 1 - Classic views & Darwin's sleeping bag

 

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A trip out to Bartolome Island, which lies just of the coast of Santiago Island. We'd been told that the crossing would be smooth - if only!

As we left the port we were treated to an awesome air display by a large flock of Boobies repeatedly taking off and diving for fish in unison at incredible speed...


 


It soon became apparent that the crossing wasn't going to be as smooth as expected and as much as I wanted to look out for the breaching Manta Rays, if I didn't want to see my breakfast again, I had to lie down and just stare at the sky (little did I know it was going to be worse on the way back)...





Sea level views of Pinnacle Rock...





Like most docks in the Galapagos, Bartolome has its resident unfussed, basking sea lion...


 

 





Lava Cactus...





Looking across the various vents on Bartolomé which was 'only' formed 1.5 to 2 million years ago as it's relatively low it hasn't attracted moisture and therefore its vegetation is very sparse...


 


It does have a few lava lizards though...





A collapsed lava tube known as 'Darwin's Sleeping Bag'...





Miche showing off her super-strength...


 


View down to the landing point and the natural crater swimming pool...





Classic Galapagos view down to Pinnacle Rock and across the water to Santiago Island...
 


   


Panoramic view...




Miche & I in the wind...
 
 
 


Miche...





Group + 2 at the look out point...

Back: Philippa, Heather, me, Alja, David (M), Carolyn, David (S), Mr X
Front: Rowena, Miche, Karim, Angela, Miss X





Coming down the slope: Karim, Rowena, me, David (S), Carolyn, David (M), Angela, Heather, Philippa...


 


A marine iguana had taken over dock lounging duties...





Sally Lightfoot Crabs...







 


This shot sums up the Galapagos for me - three entirely different species in very close proximity and seemingly relaxed...





Heading back to the main boat for lunch...
 




A Frigate Bird soars by...


 


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D1 - Heathrow to Amsterdam D2 - Amsterdam to Quito D3 - Hummingbirds
D4 - Quito City Tour D5 - San Cristobal - Playa Baquerizo D6 - San Cristobal - Laguna el Junco
D7 - San Cristobal - Kicker Rock D8 - Floreana - Iguanas & Turtles D9 - Floreana & Isabella
D10 - Isabella - Trek - Volcan Chico D11 - Isabella - Trek - Sulphur & Sunsets D12 - Isabella - Mud, Mangroves & Tortoises
D13 - Isabella - Wall of Tears D14 - Santa Cruz - Market, CDRS & Tortuga D15 - Bartolome
D16 - Return to Quito D17 - Otavalo, Equator & Parc Condor D18 - Return to the UK