The end of fledging season for Galapagos albatrosses is nigh, and with it comes the end of a long, team-based that’s shared between albatross parents. Having hatched as early as August/September, Galapagos albatross chicks have spent approximately 5 months growing and getting to a physical state in their lives that allows them to finally spread their wings for the first time and take flight. Read More
Wild Stories from the Middle of King Neptune’s Domain
On my recent trip aboard Yacht La Pinta in the Galapagos Islands (I think it’s my 847th by now), I had the pleasure of meeting a group of Aussies, a couple from South Africa, a fun group sponsored that had been sponsored by a US zoo, plus some other great explorers from various origins. We were also treated to the fact that, on this trip in particular, we got to explore the islands around the same time that Charles Darwin visited them back in 1835. Read More
The Galapagos archipelago is a big place. However, within its 133,000 km2, distributed among 20 islands and islets, only 3% is inhabited and 3% is open to tourism. But don’t fret! This doesn’t mean any less of a Galapagos experience! In fact, some of the best Galapagos adventures follow well-thought out, hand-picked itineraries. These usually include some of the archipelago’s best visitor sites and most iconic Big15 species while allowing guests to feel as if they are the first to step foot on the islands.
August is starting and, in the Galapagos, wildlife goes on uninterrupted. Such is the case with Galapagos sea lions that are seen throughout the archipelago all year long. This member of our Big15 list of iconic species (not to mention a definitive favourite by both locals and visitors) is probably one of the most photogenic animals in the archipelago. However, it’s probably Galapagos sea lion pups that take the prize for being the cutest animal in the Galapagos. Tiny, furry bodies, big innocent eyes and playful dispositions will steal your heart and occupy most of your Galapagos photo album. Before boarding the magical La Pinta Yacht, read on to learn more about this beautiful animal during pupping season. And try not to melt when you run into one. But beware, we can’t guarantee that you won’t.
A peculiar pair of wings flap frantically into the air without giving any signs of flight, shedding golden drops of water up into the deep blue sky that covers a setting sun. The Flightless Cormorant – an endemic species of the Galapagos whose only homes in the entire world are Fernandina and the western coast of Isabela – is one of the more remarkable evolutionary sights that visitors get to behold when they visit the enchanted isles. Their vestigial wings are but a visual echo of what once served a more airborne purpose and their progeny are but a continuation of that same echo. In order to perpetuate their unique species, the flightless cormorant undergoes a rather intricate series of steps and rituals that add to its captivating mystique.
It’s the month of May, the peak of nesting season for albatrosses. Found only on Española, the southernmost island of the archipelago, albatrosses are the Galapagos’ largest birds – with a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet (2 metres) – and are truly mesmerizing to watch. Make sure you check them off your Galapagos Big15 list! You will visit Española through our amazing Eastern Islands itinerary on Yacht La Pinta.
A Must-see Rarity: Red-footed Boobies in the Galapagos
Red-footed boobies in the Galapagos: you have not really been here if you haven’t seen them. These seabirds, related to their also famous blue-footed cousins, are something to behold. Not only because of specific characteristics that make them truly fit to thrive in the archipelago, but also because they are only seen at two spots that are visited through our Northern Itinerary and Eastern Itinerary. If you want the true Galapagos experience, make sure you see some of the rarest species of the islands. Get more acquainted with these amazing birds and be one of the few people in the world who gets to observe them in their natural habitat.
Galapagos Penguins, a Rare Species
It seems like an image straight out of a dream or a Dr. Seuss book – penguins in the tropics. You’d almost expect them to be wearing sunglasses and sunbathing under a beach umbrella with a cocktail in flipper. Despite how farfetched it might all seem, Galapagos penguins might be the closest you’ll ever get to such a sight. It will also be one of Galapagos Big15 you will be checking off of your list!