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Back from the Galapagos Islands – My best trip yet!

Blue footed booby, Galapagos Islands, (c) David Prutchi, Ph.D. 2012

Abigail and I are back from the Galapagos Islands.  This was my fifth time there, and certainly the best yet!  Like the two last times, I used Ecoventura to organize the trip, and continue to be impressed by their outstanding dedication to service.

Ecoventura operates three 16-passenger cruise yachts and one diving catamaran.  The three cruise yachts are identical to each other, and I’ve travelled in all 3 with equal comfort (“Flamingo” with Shanni, “Eric” with Hannah, and “Letty” with Abi).
Ecoventura's Letty, Galapagos Islands, (c)2012 David Prutchi, Ph.D.
My preference is to use these yachts instead of the larger ships (that can hold up to 100 passengers) because of the personal service, and especially because Ecoventura keeps their landing groups small – a maximum of 10 passengers per Naturalist Guide.  Since yachts/boats get equal visiting slots from the National Park, being the only group on an island, and having a naturalist just for your group makes an enormous difference.  I have travelled in the larger ships, and because of this difference wouldn’t go back.
As a disclaimer – I’m not related to Ecoventura in any way besides being a very satisfied repeat customer.
David and Abigail Prutchi in the Galapagos Islands, (c)2012 David Prutchi, Ph.D.
This time we had the following itinerary (Click links for my pictures on Flickr):

 

Cacti in Punta Moreno on the lava fields of Isabela Island.  (c)2012 David Prutchi, Ph.D.

Cacti in Punta Moreno on the lava fields of Isabela Island.

 

 

This itinerary had two very special treats for me.  One was hiking through the endless lava field on Punta Moreno in Isabela Island, and the other was a return to the red sands of Rabida Island - a place that I’ve wanted to visit again since 1980.

Galapagos sea lion on the red sands of Rabida Island.  (c)2012 David Prutchi, Ph.D.

Galapagos sea lion on the red sands of Rabida Island.

 

Abigail and I managed to do some original research while on the Galapagos Islands.

 

David Prutchi, Ph.D. with thermal imaging camera in the Galapagos Islands, 2012.  Thermography of Galapagos animals, Marine Iguana

David Prutchi acquiring thermal images of marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands

Besides a DSLR (with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and 2X teleconverter), we carried a second DSLR converted for full-spectrum (infrared-visible-UV) photography, as well as a thermal imaging camera.

 

Thermal image (Thermograph) of Galapagos Marine Iguana, (c)2012 David Prutchi, Ph.D.

Thermal image (Thermograph) of Galapagos Marine Iguana, (c)2012 David Prutchi, Ph.D.

The thermal pictures were especially interesting, showing the way in which various animals in the Galapagos have evolved to conserve or absorb heat.  If you are interested, please take a look at our Flickr set of thermal images of Galapagos fauna.

Prutchi and Prutschi in Galapagos

Our group in the Galapgos Islands included 7 members of our Family: Edward Prutschi, Zimri Prutschi, Billy Finkelstein, Keila (Prutschi) Finkelstein, Stephanie Finkelstein, Abigail Prutchi and David Prutchi

I highly recommend this trip.  There is nothing like being there to understand the unique role that these islands played in the development of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Again, speaking only as a satisfied, repeat customer, I highly recommend that you contact Lourdes (Luly) Mena at Ecoventura to help you plan an incredible trip to this wonderful destination!

 

 

 

 
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  1. [...] Abigail and I just returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands.  On the way, we visited the iconic Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument which commemorates the 18th-century French Geodesic Mission expedition carried out for the purpose of measuring the roundness of the Earth and measuring the length of a degree of latitude at the Equator. [...]

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