Day 22: Goodbye Galápagos :(

Day 21 was our last day in the Galapagos Islands. You could say it was not one of our favorite days of the trip thus far. Our journey back to the main land began at 9:00 am and lets just say some of us were taking our departure very difficultly. With somewhat teary eyes, I momentarily contemplated what the consequences of throwing my passport overboard would be. I ultimately decided against it, but I still don’t know if that was the right call. At 12:00 pm a group of extremely sad and sunburnt faces boarded a plane (after a bus, a water taxi, and another bus) back to Quito. During our layover in Guyaquil we were pleasantly surprised to find that we picked up the Guyaquil soccer team, Barcelona. We finally arrived back in Quito at around 6:00 pm; our travel day was not complete however. We had about an hour bus ride to our final destination, Cayambe. Along the way, Emily and I reminisced about our time in the Galapagos, so I thought I’d share my top five favorite moments of the trip with you.


Chelsea’s Top Five Favorite Galapagos Moments


  1. Snorkeling up close and personal with a sea lion at Perla la Concha on Isabela Island
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    Sea Lion in Perla la Concha

    Relaxing at Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island

  3. Getting to see Bartholme Island, even at the expense of nearly falling overboard
  4. Surf lessons in Isabela with our tour guide, Jose, and some Galápagos locals
  5. Dancing in downtown Santa Cruz



Michael and I having some fun underwater with a GoPro.