Swimming with Penguins in the Galapagos Islands

I don’t have much time for a Throwback Thursday post today so I’ll share one that doesn’t require very many words. While I was studying abroad in the Galapagos I encountered so many animals I had only ever seen on Discovery Channel documentaries. One of my favorites was the Galapagos penguin. The Galapagos Islands is the furthest north you’ll find penguins. They travel around different parts of the islands depending on the time of year, and I was lucky that while I was there they were only a short boat ride away from my town (Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela).
Every time you leave Puerto Villamil, you pass by lobitos (sea lions) sunbathing on other boats, the docks, or wherever else they find space. They’re like big, lazy puppy dogs. Sometimes they’d bark at us as we drove by. Too cute.
The penguins were pretty awesome. When we jumped in the water they were buzzing around, picking off a school of fish. They came very close to us and didn’t seem to care that we were there. They could swim so fast it was crazy. I felt like I was in a childhood dream. One of the best days of my life.



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