Day 9 – Floreana Island

Today, we visited Floreana Island. This island has natural springs which made it popular with whalers and pirates. Today, it is popular for its unusual scenery up in the highlands, where you can see the spring and visit a tortoise preserve. In the afternoon, we went snorkeling.

We went to Floreana Island today
Here is a view of the town from the dock where we landed.
Another view from the dock.  This view also shows our boat.
If you leave your boat alone, you are bound to have visitors.
Here is a map of the town - Puerto Velasco Ibarra
This antena was interesting in that it was on a bamboo pole.
A bust and plaque to one of the early residents of the island - Walbroel
Inside the local church
A sea lion blocking our path.  This was not the last time....
A Sally lightfoot crab - we saw many of these
More sea lions lazing around the dock area.
Another crab.  They sure are pretty.  I do love the blue accents.
After exploring the coastal area for a while, we boarded this bus and headed to the highlands.
We first stopped at a preserve for tortoises.
We walked along this trail.
One of several tortoises that we encountered.
More tortoises
Enjoying the walk.
A neat carving - done within the recent past
A small ground finch (I think)
Our group, walking down the trail.
Muyuyo, I think.
More Muyuyo.
Don't know what this is
Pretty flower - don't know what
Pretty flower - don't know what
 An iguana
A local warbler - possibly a warbler finch
In the middle of the afternoon, back at the boat usually after snorkeling, we were provided with a snack adorned with great centerpieces like this one.

We went to Floreana Island today

Here is a view of the town from the dock where we landed.

Another view from the dock. This view also shows our boat.

If you leave your boat alone, you are bound to have visitors.

Here is a map of the town - Puerto Velasco Ibarra

This antena was interesting in that it was on a bamboo pole.

A bust and plaque to one of the early residents of the island - Walbroel

The plaque is a tribute to Cap. Rolf Wittmer Walbroel who was the first person whose birth was officially registered on Floreana Island. He is probably best known, however, for starting one of the early tourism businesses in the Galapagos. He started out as a fisherman, but began his tourism activities in 1969 and then founded the Company Rolf Wittmer Turismo Galapagos in 1982. He died in 2011. Here is a link which is an expanded tribute: http://www.rolfwittmer.com/2011/09/rolf-hans-wittmer-walbroel-1933-2011.html Here is a link to his company: http://www.rwittmer.com/

Inside the local church

A sea lion blocking our path. This was not the last time....

A Sally lightfoot crab - we saw many of these

More sea lions lazing around the dock area.

Another crab. They sure are pretty. I do love the blue accents.

After exploring the coastal area for a while, we boarded this bus and headed to the highlands.

We first stopped at a preserve for tortoises.

We walked along this trail.

Notice that this area is more woodsy than other areas that we have been in the Galapagos.

One of several tortoises that we encountered.

More tortoises

Enjoying the walk.

A neat carving - done within the recent past

A small ground finch (I think)

Our group, walking down the trail.

Muyuyo, I think.

More Muyuyo.

Don't know what this is

Pretty flower - don't know what

Pretty flower - don't know what

An iguana

A local warbler - possibly a warbler finch

In the middle of the afternoon, back at the boat usually after snorkeling, we were provided with a snack adorned with great centerpieces like this one.

We went to Floreana Island today thumbnail
Here is a view of the town from the dock where we landed. thumbnail
Another view from the dock.  This view also shows our boat. thumbnail
If you leave your boat alone, you are bound to have visitors. thumbnail
Here is a map of the town - Puerto Velasco Ibarra thumbnail
This antena was interesting in that it was on a bamboo pole. thumbnail
A bust and plaque to one of the early residents of the island - Walbroel thumbnail
Inside the local church thumbnail
A sea lion blocking our path.  This was not the last time.... thumbnail
A Sally lightfoot crab - we saw many of these thumbnail
More sea lions lazing around the dock area. thumbnail
Another crab.  They sure are pretty.  I do love the blue accents. thumbnail
After exploring the coastal area for a while, we boarded this bus and headed to the highlands. thumbnail
We first stopped at a preserve for tortoises. thumbnail
We walked along this trail.   thumbnail
One of several tortoises that we encountered. thumbnail
More tortoises thumbnail
Enjoying the walk.   thumbnail
A neat carving - done within the recent past thumbnail
A small ground finch (I think) thumbnail
Our group, walking down the trail. thumbnail
Muyuyo, I think.   thumbnail
More Muyuyo. thumbnail
Don't know what this is thumbnail
Pretty flower - don't know what thumbnail
Pretty flower - don't know what thumbnail
 An iguana thumbnail
A local warbler - possibly a warbler finch thumbnail
In the middle of the afternoon, back at the boat usually after snorkeling, we were provided with a snack adorned with great centerpieces like this one. thumbnail