Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

I’ve gotten so far behind on travel photos, you guys really have no idea where I am, do you?

Last I checked we were hanging out at the beaches of Atacames, Ecuador, some of my favorite travel photos from all of South America.

Now, we’re arriving at the entire reason I went to Ecuador — The Galapagos Islands.

It was funny, I would’ve never booked this trip if it weren’t for the thrill of going to The Galapagos. However, when I got to Ecuador, the islands weren’t even close to my favorite part about the country.

From Day 1, before I even boarded the boat, we were already viewing animals up close. For you photographers out there, all photos were taken with a 50mm 1.2 lens. For you non-photogragraphers out there — I didn’t have any zoom. This is how close I actuallly was.

I booked a super cheap boat, but it ended up being totally fine. I had a cabin to myself. I had requested to share with another female, but since the boat wasn’t totally full I was able to have a room to myself.

But waters were pretty bumpy and as we started navigating the sea, I realized from the get-go that this trip was going to be trouble. Right away I started feeling seasick!

I get carsick every once in a while but I had taken medicine and hadn’t thought that this trip would be any problem for me.

It was BAD! When we sailed at night I just spent my time going to the bathroom puking up a storm. Sorry if that’s TMI but I have to be honest here! The Galapagos was a dream trip for me, and I still absolutely loved it, think it was a once in a lifetime experience and would recommend to anyone considering that they go. However, I would never go back and spend more days on a boat. No way!

Thank goodness there was lots of land time! Most days we’d have one or two land excursions on different islands.

The first day, we saw blue-footed boobies! They are the coolest looking bird EVER!

I thought these crabs were absolutely beautiful, their brilliant red against the black rocks. But every time you walked up to them they skittered away, so they were hard to take pictures of!

Blue footed boobies!!!! I LOVE THEM!!!

Our guide, Cristian, was fantastic and gave us great information and stories about the islands and their inhabitants.

One of the craziest parts of this whole trip was being so close to the sea lions! I always thought those were an animal I would only see in a zoo!

I can’t remember why this one was white. It was so cool though!

The lizards were super amazing too, they changed color depending on the island that they lived on and the color of the rocks and plants there, so they could blend in.

We even saw some blue footed boobies that had laid eggs. They laid this weird poopy circle around it because their feces contains some kind of chemical to ward off these poisonous ants. Nature is so crazy. And cool.

Have you ever been close to sea lions outside a zoo? It was the coolest experience!

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  1. soy un amante del mundo urbano… pero Gal├ípagos es uno de mis destinos so├▒ados… disfruta Kyle!

  2. Brendan says:

    Christ, I’m sorry you were stricken with seasickness but I’m thrilled by your fighting through to experience the Galapagos. Nausea is so overwhelming to me I think I would be that jackass who refused a free trip there because I might puke. Same with space. Antarctica. I don’t care, I’m a simpering weakling when it comes to my stomach.

    Sealions? If you can stomach the tourists getting ripped off at Fisherman’s Wharf then you can stand on the bay in San Francisco and watch them sleep on the piers. I never saw them travel south to where I grew up free from sightseers but why would they bother when all the food and attention was so accessible?

  3. Jase says:

    What no TiltShift?? I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I am soooo jealous of your Machu Picchu / Galapagos Islands trip!!! And the new blog looks great :)

  4. Deidre says:

    Oh wow~ How incredibly beautiful!

    I’m so sorry you got sea sick though – it is one of the most unpleasant feelings.

  5. cata says:

    que belleza de fotos!!!! boobies are so pretty! i want one!

  6. Sucks that you got sick, but at least you were able to make the best of it and enjoy what you went there to see. I love the blue-footed boobies too!

  7. Haha, that’s so funny to me that you thought you’d only ever see sea lions in a zoo. I’ve seen them lots of times in both CA and Chile – they hang out on the docks in Valdivia and Iquique, and even in Valparaiso our boat tour got right up next to a buoy where some were hanging out. Being sick sound so unpleasant, so I’m glad you still managed to enjoy yourself!

  8. Sherry says:

    Omg I love those blue-footed boobies! LOVE them! Looks like it was an amazing trip. I love traveling “with” you. :)

  9. mike says:

    Amazing. I’ve been a bit too busy to write much lately, but have enjoyed reading each and every post, as always, Kyle.

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