Day 14 – Santa Cruz Island and Quito

Today, we left the boat 🙁 and arrived at the Baltra airport.   Before heading to the airport, we landed on a nearby beach on the north side of Santa Cruz island. Here we saw flamingoes and the nests of the Galápagos green turtle (Chelonia agassizii. Wiki link.). We flew to Quito via Guayaquil, rode the bus back into Quito and checked in to our hotel. For dinner, went to Mama Clorinda, a spot that was recommended by our guide, Jorge.  We liked it so much that we had lunch there the next day. We had Llapingachos, which are Equadorian potato patties stuffed with cheese (link to recipe). These were great. The menu also had Guinea pig – whole and half. We skipped that. I feel satisfied that we were adventurous enough after eating the grubs on day 4.

Our morning adventures started at 6am today.
Our group casting long shadows.
A flock of Blue-Footed Boobies - wow!
More scenes of the flock
Right over head.
More...  ain't it great!
Beach where Galápagos green turtles nest
Mommy sea turtle tracks
Left over egg cases from turtles
A turtle egg up close
Flamingoes
Flamingoes
Flamingo
Flamingoes
A parting shot of an iguana
Peter waiting at the Baltra Airport

Our morning adventures started at 6am today.

We had coffee on the boat and then headed out to Santa Cruz Island.

Our group casting long shadows.

A flock of Blue-Footed Boobies - wow!

More scenes of the flock

Right over head.

More... ain't it great!

Beach where Galápagos green turtles nest

Mommy sea turtle tracks

Left over egg cases from turtles

A turtle egg up close

Flamingoes

Flamingoes

Flamingo

Flamingoes

A parting shot of an iguana

Note the tracks.

Peter waiting at the Baltra Airport

Our morning adventures started at 6am today. thumbnail
Our group casting long shadows. thumbnail
A flock of Blue-Footed Boobies - wow! thumbnail
More scenes of the flock thumbnail
Right over head. thumbnail
More...  ain't it great! thumbnail
Beach where Galápagos green turtles nest thumbnail
Mommy sea turtle tracks thumbnail
Left over egg cases from turtles thumbnail
A turtle egg up close thumbnail
Flamingoes thumbnail
Flamingoes thumbnail
Flamingo thumbnail
Flamingoes thumbnail
A parting shot of an iguana thumbnail
Peter waiting at the Baltra Airport thumbnail