Has anyone been to the Galapagos? I’m planning a week there at the end of May and am overwhelmed with the number of cruise options and underwhelmed at the lack of mammal reports.
So … it sounds like a cruise is the way to go (right?), but there are a bunch of routes and a flotilla of boats so I would love advice. My priority is – obviously – seeing the fur seals (sounds like the sealions are impossible to miss), but if I could dive with hammerheads too then even better. I have three questions.
- Are fur seals guaranteed on most cruises or do I need to stick to certain routes (bearing in mind I have 5 or 6 nights)?
- What cetaceans are out there (in particular cooler stuff like beaked whales, kogia species or rough-toothed dolphins)?
- I realise the chances of seeing any of the rice rats range from slim to pretty much zero, though I have been told that I could see two species if I could find an excuse to be on shore at sunset on the appropriate islands. Has anyone not on a research trip ever seen a rice rat?