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South America - Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands
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Machu Picchu

Our first sighting was after a short climb to what is called the guardhouse. The city (the estate of an Inca emperor) was revealed below.

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Machu Picchu

The site was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

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Machu Picchu

The temple of the sun.

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Machu Picchu

The building at the top is the guardhouse from where we first saw Machu Picchu.

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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos is made up of 19 large and several smaller islands. Each that we visited had hundreds of sea lions both in and out of the water.

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Galapagos Islands

A couple of very young sea lion pups - one wet, one dry!

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Galapagos Islands

During a walk with our guide, at the top of one island with our ship and others from our group below.

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Galapagos Islands

These marine iguana with red markings are only found on this specific island - and there were hundreds of them!

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Galapagos Islands

A land iguana on another island.

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Galapagos Islands

A sea lion and a couple of pelicans watching the catch of the day being processed at the market in one of the few small towns on the islands.

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Galapagos Islands

This is probably the symbol of the Galapagos - the giant tortoise. These ones weigh about 500 pounds but some are over 800 pounds.

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Galapagos Islands

One of the many blue footed boobies on the islands. There were also red footed boobies and nazca boobies (which are black footed).

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Galapagos Islands

Having our whole group climbing through where nazca boobies were nesting didn't bother them.

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Galapagos Islands

A couple of Waved, or Galapagos Albatross, performing their courting dance. That's a newborn Galapagos Albatross in the front.

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Galapagos Islands

Debbie snorkeling with a large sea lion!

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