Day 7 – Fly to the Galápagos, start Galápagos Cruise

Today we left Quito and flew to the San Cristóbal airport, the easternmost island in the Galápagos. We boarded our boat, which will be our home for the next seven days. We had lunch on the boat upon arriving and then took Zodiacs into the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here we visited the Interpretation Center and then had time to explore the city on our own.

The city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno as viewed from our boat.
The two of us in front of a cute mural
Our Guide, Giovanni registering our group into the Interpretation Center
The Darwin's cotton (Gossypium darwinii)  flower
Darwin's cotton (Gossypium darwinii)
A lava lizard
A local beach
Lots of posing sea lions in this city.
Sea Lions
An adorable sea lion pup
An adorable sea lion pup
We are pretty sure that this slide is for Sea Lions.  We waited for a little while to see for sure, but did not see any using it.
A Blue-footed Boobie, but I'll bet you already figured that out.
A Sally lightfoot crab
The city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno's waterfront
Matazarno (Piscidia carthagenensis) is a native hardwood tree.
The waterfront from the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
The waterfront from the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

The city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno as viewed from our boat.

The two of us in front of a cute mural

This photo (one of my favorites) was taken on our iPhone by one of our travel companions, Catie.

Our Guide, Giovanni registering our group into the Interpretation Center

The Darwin's cotton (Gossypium darwinii) flower

From a short wiki page (link): "Darwin's cotton (Gossypium darwinii) is a species of cotton plant which is found only on the Galapagos Islands. Genetic studies indicate that it is most closely related to the native American species Gossypium barbadense, thus it is surmised that a seed arrived from South America on the wind, in the droppings of a bird or associated with debris by sea."

Darwin's cotton (Gossypium darwinii)

A lava lizard

A local beach

Lots of posing sea lions in this city.

Sea Lions

An adorable sea lion pup

An adorable sea lion pup

We are pretty sure that this slide is for Sea Lions. We waited for a little while to see for sure, but did not see any using it.

A Blue-footed Boobie, but I'll bet you already figured that out.

A Sally lightfoot crab

The city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno's waterfront

Matazarno (Piscidia carthagenensis) is a native hardwood tree.

Here is a site that tells you more about this plant. (link)

The waterfront from the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

The waterfront from the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

The city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno as viewed from our boat. thumbnail
The two of us in front of a cute mural thumbnail
Our Guide, Giovanni registering our group into the Interpretation Center thumbnail
The Darwin's cotton (Gossypium darwinii)  flower thumbnail
Darwin's cotton (Gossypium darwinii)  thumbnail
A lava lizard thumbnail
A local beach thumbnail
Lots of posing sea lions in this city. thumbnail
Sea Lions thumbnail
An adorable sea lion pup thumbnail
An adorable sea lion pup thumbnail
We are pretty sure that this slide is for Sea Lions.  We waited for a little while to see for sure, but did not see any using it. thumbnail
A Blue-footed Boobie, but I'll bet you already figured that out. thumbnail
A Sally lightfoot crab thumbnail
The city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno's waterfront thumbnail
Matazarno (Piscidia carthagenensis) is a native hardwood tree. thumbnail
The waterfront from the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno thumbnail
The waterfront from the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno thumbnail