In 1938, four hundred and nine Rhesus Macaque monkeys were dropped off on Cayo Santiago. Today, known as Monkey Island, the nine hundred and fifty descendants of those founder monkeys run free on the island.
We visited one of the most photographed places in the Galapagos today. The morning began by a sweltering hike up an island formed from volcanic ash. Along the way we saw lava cactus growing from the ash and lava lizards running around. At the top we had a beautiful view and paused for some pictures. After that, we cooled off with a long snorkel. Then we visited a recent (at least relatively) lava flow and got to see some pretty cool formations before having some more beach time. Once back on the Aida Maria we were able to have an awesome experience: watching a group of dolphins jump and play while bow-riding at the front of our boat. Every one was laughing and clapping and was down right happy after that and we hung out at the front of the boat watching the sun disappear.