Today is our last day in paradise. Even though we are from different backgrounds, today we are bonded as one by our magical experience in the Galapagos Islands. We traveled from Fernandina to San Cristobal Island; from the youngest to one of the oldest in the archipelago.
Today at San Cristobal we landed on a green olivine beach. The volcanic scenery that we observed during our intense hike was spectacular. The peaks of tuff high in the sky make this site very different from what we have already observed. To have such profound feelings while enjoying the present created a moment that will live in our hearts forever.
Punta Pitt also has impressive scenery from up above; we saw clear sky with some clouds, and occasionally felt the inversion layer keeping us comfortable for this walk. We listened closely, focusing on our surroundings while we searched for red-footed boobies. Today we were lucky to see them very close. Afterward, we enjoyed time on the beach. We had fun with baby sea lions and observed them playing together. We witnessed a particular female who was rather aggressive; she was very protective of her baby, who arrived just a few weeks ago.
Later we repositioned to Cerro Brujo; we had our last walk together, enjoying the white sandy beach and turquoise ocean with sea lions nearby. What a wonderful way to say goodbye to the Galapagos. Then we boarded and passed by Kicker Rock, a massive tuff formation, as the sun was setting far on the horizon. We relaxed together in the lounge to celebrate our journey; a frigatebird flew very near to us, like it was saying goodbye.
Only a small fraction of travelers have made the trip to Galapagos, and today we were delighted to complete this journey with our guests. We were honored to be part of their unforgettable experience and hope one day they have the will and power to bring positive change to this wonderful world of ours.
“We must rethink our indoctrinated knowledge, the methodical saying ‘don’t humanize the animals’ and instead ‘animalize the human’ by perceiving our surrounding with all our senses; embracing nature with our true spirit by coexistence and respect for one another, so we can become one with nature as we once were.” - Celso Montalvo.