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Exploring the Enchanted Isles: My Family Adventure to the Galapagos

As a heart doctor, my days are often filled with the intricate rhythms of the human heart and the delicate dance of medical procedures. But recently, I had the opportunity to escape the confines of my office and embark on an unforgettable journey to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador with my family. 

This small group tour, organized by a local travel expert, promised an adventure filled with wildlife encounters and breathtaking landscapes. Little did I know, this trip would not only rejuvenate my spirit but also deepen my appreciation for the wonders of nature.

Day 1: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

El Junco Lagoon san cristobal ecuador

After a smooth arrival at Baltra Airport, we were whisked away to Santa Cruz Island, where our Galapagos adventure truly began. The warm welcome from our local contact person set the tone for the days ahead. 

With recommendations in hand, we set off to explore the enchanting landscapes of Santa Cruz. From the lush dry tropical forests to the fascinating Charles Darwin Station, every corner of the island seemed to whisper tales of evolution and conservation.

Day 2: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

swimming in galapagos ecuador

Our second day dawned with excitement as we embarked on a day tour to a nearby island, Santa Fé. The crystal-clear waters beckoned us as we snorkelled among playful sea lions and vibrant marine life. 

The sight of land iguanas basking in the sun and the melodious chirping of endemic birds filled us with awe. As we lounged on the secluded beaches of Santa Fé, surrounded by towering cacti and volcanic rocks, it felt like stepping into a prehistoric paradise.

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island - San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

birds in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The transition to San Cristobal Island was seamless, thanks to the impeccable organization by our local contact person. With a free morning to explore Santa Cruz further, we soaked in the coastal charm and observed the graceful sea lions basking in the sun. The ferry ride to San Cristobal offered panoramic views of the azure waters, hinting at the adventures that awaited us.

Day 4: San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

Iguanas in the Galapagos at sunset san cristobal ecuador

Our fourth day unfolded with a choice between two captivating day tours: Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock. Opting for Isla Lobos, we were greeted by colonies of sea lions and an array of seabirds, including the iconic blue-footed boobies. Snorkelling in the turquoise waters revealed a kaleidoscope of underwater life, from playful sea turtles to graceful rays. The day culminated in relaxation on the pristine white sands of Playa Ochoa, a perfect ending to an exhilarating adventure.

Day 5: Goodbye to Ecuador

whale jumping in Galapagos, Santa Cruz, Ecuador

As our time in the Galapagos drew to a close, we savoured every moment of our final morning on San Cristobal Island. With a tinge of sadness and a heart full of memories, we bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes and vibrant wildlife. The journey to the San Cristobal Airport was filled with reflections on the beauty we had witnessed and the connections we had forged with nature.

Final Word

Our Galapagos island hopping adventure was more than just a vacation; it was a transformative experience that reminded us of the profound interconnectedness of all living beings. From the smallest finch to the majestic sea lion, every creature plays a vital role in the delicate ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. 

I returned from this journey with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper commitment to conservation efforts. As I resume my work as a heart doctor, I carry with me the lessons learned from the natural wonders of the Galapagos, inspired to travel more and connect with wildlife wherever I go.

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Guest post written by Kaysar Roque

Meet Dr. Kaysar, a dedicated cardiologist with a passion for healing hearts and exploring the world. When he’s not in the operating room saving lives or conducting groundbreaking research, you’ll find him charting new territories across the globe.