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Baltra and Santa Cruz Island
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Blue footed boobies, Santa Cruz IslandBlue footed boobies, Santa Cruz Island (Steve Alcorn)
I was picked up promptly at 6Am by Christian, the English speaking Adventure Life guide, and driver for transfer back to the Quito airport. As a solo traveler I had plenty of opportunity to ask questions questions about the sights on our route and Christian accompanied me through the ticketing process and helped carry my bags. After an approximately two hour flight, with a stop in Guayaquil, Ecuador's biggest city, we landed on the island of Baltra, paid our park fees, and then transferred by bus and ferry to the Island of Santa Cruz. There I checked.into the Red Mangrove resort and finally had a chance to unpack and unwind. In my room I could hear waves at the nearby beach and the wafting breezes through the open windows. I was suddenly startled by hearing what sounded, frankly, like someone throwing up outside my window but, happily, this turned out to be just two sea lions who had made themselves at home on the deck and were enjoying the selves vocally. The remainder of the day was spent at the beach, swimming and taking photos with the other six travelers in our group, followed by a delicious dinner and beverages at Red Mangrove. I also checked out diving gear for next morning's dive trip with the divemaster, Richard, before hitting the hay.

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