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Great Galapagos – Ecuador #4


Great Galapagos…is That a Giant Tortoise or What?! – Ecuador Photo Blog #4


Iguana pals on rock, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin, 1800 – 1882

Wow, wow, wow…

From sea lions, sharks and dolphins to iguanas (land and marine), Blue Footed Boobies, Darwin’s famous finches, flamingos and, of course, the giant tortoises, seeing the wildlife of the Galapagos was a dream come true.

Our five days there were jam-packed with seeing animals, swimming, snorkeling, eating, boating, hiking…and locking out my travel companion’s credit card. Oops ūüôā

Let’s start with the giant tortoises…

The males can weigh up to 500 pounds. A giant tortoise can live up to 150 years.

Whoops…wrong end.

Tortoise love


Iguana in the mangroves, Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island
Iguana crossing

“Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.”

– Edward O. Wilson

Sassy Sea Lions…

Sea lion yoga on dock, Santa Cruz Island


Sea lions lounging on park bench, Isabella Island

Snorkeling Shenanigans (Homo Sapiens)…

MA & Lynne happy on boat (before the credit card incident)

Team Snorkel


A delightful lunch on board…


Back home again in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Lovely Isabella Island…

White-tipped reef shark


Lone flamingo

And then we had crepes…

Right after this photo was taken, Lynne and I had a scrumptious feed of crepes and beer…possibly more beer than crepes, which might partly explain the credit card faux pas. When the time came for me to pay my bill, I cheerfully punched in my PIN. Wrong number. I punched it in again. Wrong number. I punched it in a third time, which is when I remembered that you only get three chances. Wrong number again.

“That’s odd,” I (finally) thought to myself then pulled my credit card out of the machine.

Except, of course, it was not my credit card. It was Lynne’s. No wonder my PIN didn’t work! So I casually handed Lynne her card back and said (rather softly), “Your card is probably locked out.”

“Pardon me?” she said.

“I’m pretty sure your card won’t work anymore,” I said sheepishly, then took another sip of beer (why stop now?).

It didn’t (which was confirmed after a rather panicky call to her credit card company). There ended Lynne’s access to her credit card.

Thankfully, she had a second card. So all’s well that’s end well. The moral of this story is be careful who you travel with. No wait…that’s not right. Always have a back-up credit card…yes, that’s the lesson here ūüôā

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About Experience International Study Tours

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Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

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4 thoughts on “Great Galapagos – Ecuador #4”

  1. Guess what darling?! I locked myself out of my own credit card the other day and of course I thought of you! Miss you much! Love, Love, Love! your blogs!

  2. Oh no!! Kay…that makes me feel better about you locking YOURSELF out of your own credit card ūüôā Ah well…it happens!

    Glad you are liking the blogs. I am loving posting them because it gives me the chance to re-live our adventure via the fab photos!

    Take care & talk soon,

  3. What a stunning set of photos…such beautiful wildlife. And the story about the credit card is hilarious…I just love that!

    But I really shouldn’t have chuckled as much as I did when I read about the Blue Footed Boobies…I mean I’m a grown man for goodness sake! ūüėÄ


  4. ahahahahaha…oh I think everybody laughs at the name Blue Footed Boobies! How can you not?!

    Glad you liked the pics. Hope all is well with you!

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