Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Saturday, February 12, 2005


Hello all. This is my first attempt in blogging to show the pictures I took on a visit with Priya to the Galapagos Islands between Dec 20 and Dec 28, 2004.

Thanks to Mythili, we were lucky to get a cabin on a ship to tour the Galapagos. Its literally impossible to get a cabin on any boat unless reservations are made at least 6 months in advance. Mythili called a zillion travel agencies in late October and found a way to get a cabin.

Galapagos is a very unique place to visit if you are interested in evolution and exotic wildlife. Its one of the great places in this world to visit. But, this is NOT Disneyland or Sea World. Every day is different but somethings are the same: a lot of hiking, swimming/snorkeling, and lot of excellent food. The routine is simple:
630am - wake up call
7am - Breakfast
8am - get on the dinghy to get to shore
11am - back on the ship for lunch
Noon - Siesta or snorkeling/swimming
3pm - Get on the dinghy for the afternoon visit to the islands
6pm - Back on the boat
730pm - Dinner
830pm - Briefing for next day
930pm - salsa lessons (doubt any1 went for that as most of us were so tired)

The schedule was imposed and maintained to the minute every day.

Galapagos has a lot of restrictions. To maintain the islands in pristine condition, one cannot leave anything or take anything. You cannot touch an animal but an animal can touch you. No flash photography what so ever.

The following photographs were taken with a 6 mega pixel Nikon D70 SLR with the standard lens: 18-70mm (this is equivalent to 24mm - 105mm for the 35mm format).

Here is the workflow from snapping the pictures to this blog:
Nikon D70 -> Sony Vaio -> JPGs on CDRs (didnt want 11GB worth of images to be lost due to hard drive failure) -> Dell 8100 with Photoshop CS (post processing of pictures) -> Picasa 2 photo album -> Hello (to upload images from Picasa to the blog) -> Blogger.

Hope u enjoy the pictures. If you click on an image, it will zoom it. I appreciate our comments.



  • At 7:09 PM, Blogger David said…

    I really enjoyed your pictures, and linked to it on my site. Very interesting, hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to visit.

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  • At 7:49 AM, Blogger lainglesia said…

    Have set up this blog - & don`t know if I`ve sent this comment 3 times or not!! However, wanted to say that I`ve just got back from the Galapagos Legend - & since I`m suffering withdrawal symptoms, found your Blog really interesting.
    I thought Pato was a great guide &
    a great guy......
    Should have a fan club....
    Pity it`s so expensive to go back there, but got to be worthwhile as soon as possible..
    Buenos tardes....lainglesia

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  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger Brandon Muller said…

    Great photo blog, Murali!

    Very informative as well.

    I can't believe those pictures with Priya and the sea lion! I wouldn't stand there after being chased!

    Great stuff!

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