Magnificent Frigatebird on North Seymour Island

Magnificent Frigatebird trying attract attention

Magnificent Frigatebird trying attract attention


Found on North Seymour Island, Galapagos. Stunning birds, we see thousands of them on this island.

Galapagos: North Seymour Island

Blue Footed Boobys

Blue Footed Boobys


On North Seymour we encounter the blue footed booby. This bird does an elaborate mating dance – shifting from one foot to another – trying to gain his future mate’s attention.
Other sightings include Land Iguanas, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Sea lions, Swallowtailed Gulls, Brown Pelicans, Galapagos Yellow Finches and Marine Iguanas.
Blue Footed Booby- trying out his mating dance

Blue Footed Booby- trying out his mating dance

Baby Sea Lion -Darwin Bay, Galapagos

Baby Sea Lion -Darwin Bay, Galapagos

Crab at Darwin Bay

Crab at Darwin Bay

Galapagos: Genovesa Island

Red Footed Booby

Red Footed Booby


Genovesa island -our first stop on the Galapagos itinerary, is a protected haven for birds. One sees hundreds if not thousands of birds flying all over the volcanic island. Many are nesting and completely unafraid of humans. There are no predators of any sort, so they are completely habituated.

Galapagos: One of a Kind Archipelago

Red Footed Booby

Red Footed Booby

Nasca Booby- Genovese Island, Galapagos

Nasca Booby- Genovese Island, Galapagos

Galapagos is must experience for any Intrepid Traveler!
I had the privilege of sailing with Silver Sea Galapagos, a new expedition ship sailing the Galápagos Islands. We traveled to a different island- sometimes two, each day. Each island has it’s own marvels. Our first Island to explore was Genovese in the northern part of the group. It is aptly named bird island.

Quito Ecuador, a Pleasant Surprise

Pair of hummingbirdsSt France's Cathedral and Convent St Francis Cathedral and Convent courtyard
Cotopaxi Volcano Cotopaxi Volcano starting to erupt.

Surrounded by 7 active volcanoes, Quito was declared Unesco’s first World heritage city in 1959. With a beautiful colonial architectural center, Quito was built in the 16th century over ancient Inca ruins. Surrounding the city are spectacular mountains filled with a multitude of birds, bears, and tropical flora. Lots to do and see in Quito! Especially if you are tying it to a visit to the Galapagos and want to add some days in Ecuador.