Galápagos – Star Wars Beach

Puerto Egas, Santiago Island. The erosion created many rock stacks along the shore, some of which are more than half a meter high. They have this layered swirling structure. The dark lava stack with the unique shape covering large area as far as the eye can see. The view gives a rather supernatural feeling.

Galápagos – Float in the Wind

Isla Albany is several rocks jutting out of the water from Santiago Island. Isla Albany is a great place for snorkeling because of its complex rock formations and attached coral that provide an ideal place for marine life.

Galápagos – Equator Crossing

Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island. Punta Vicente Roca is located at the mouth of the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island, with intense volcanic activity. From here, northward, we cross the equator and will return to the central waters of the archipelago.

Galápagos – Chasing Dolphins

Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island. It was definitely the most spectacular scene we have ever seen. We were surrounded by nearly 100 dolphins and sea lions speeding forward with us. Usually two or three dolphins were swimming side by side, riding the waves, playing and cheering. They burst out of the sea, drawing a beautiful arc, and then submerged in the water.

Galápagos – The Pirate Bay

Bahía Urbina and Caleta Tagus, Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos Islands. Bahía Urbina, where we are in the morning, has the only species of tortoise that survives naturally in the archipelago. Afternoon time in Caleta Tagus, Darwin Lake is a lagoon separated from the bay by a narrow ridge. The lake is in the turquoise color and the branches of Palo Santo trees on the hills like arms embrace the sky. The scenery is very beautiful.

Galápagos – Meet the Boobies

Punta Mangle, Fernandina Island. Punta Mangle is a small bay on Fernandina Island. Here we saw the courtship of the most iconic bird of the Galapagos Islands, the blue-footed booby; and learned about mangrove's unique features that have evolved to adapt to the high salinity of the water.

Galápagos – Penguins at the Equator

Punta Moreno, Isabela Island. Punta Moreno's landing site is a vast expanse of rugged volcanic lava fields. The occasional lagoons not only nourish the surrounding plants and shrubs, but also provide a place for birds to relish. Hardly anything can grow in the barren lava fields, but only tough plants like cactus can take root among the volcanic rocks.

Galápagos – Tortoise Ranch

Santa Cruz Island. We spent our first day in Galápagos at Santa Cruz Island. We walked among the giant tortoises, learned the fascinating story of the Scalesia tree and start understanding the unique natural history about the archipelago.

Quito – Heritage

Located deep in the Andes, Quito has the best preserved 16th and 17th century Spanish-style churches. The following hundreds of years saw the bloodshed and conquest that accompanied the clash of civilizations, as well as the culture exchange and symbiosis. It is in itself a very intriguing thing.