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Craig and Steph's Land-Based Galapagos Adventure
Sea lions in the Galapagos Islands
The land-based Galapagos Multi-sport trip was perfect for us. We really enjoyed the individual charm of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela. Photos and text originally published at our web site http://www.craigandstephsvacations.com
Arrival in Quito
Most people visit the Galapagos via boat. They eat and sleep on the boat and come ashore for day excursions. Most people don't even know that land-based Galapagos tours exist. Our good friends at Adventure Life offered a multi-sport land-based trip that was very intriguing to us. 97% of the Galapagos is national parkland. Only 3% is populated by …
Exploring Quito: Mariscal and Old Town
The shower had decent water pressure and the water was warm. Refreshed, we headed out on the town at 8:30 am. We wandered up Reina Victoria, meandering down its side streets. We soon reached a district (Mariscal) which was full of backpackers hostels. It was very picturesque and had an international flair, with little English and Irish pubs, a …
Arrival in the Galapagos: San Cristobal
We woke up at 6:00 am, showered, and headed downstairs to breakfast, which was included in our stay. We had fresh orange juice, coffee, fresh fluffy scrambled eggs, watermelon, papaya, and a basket of different types of breads and croissants served with butter and marmalade. We chatted with Elizabeth from Detroit who was extending a business trip …
Kayaking, Snorkeling with Sea Lions, Turtles, and Sharks
We woke up at 5:45 am. The sun comes up early here and we had a good sleep, so we woke up refreshed a full 45 minutes ahead of our alarm. We got ready (skipping showers as we would be kayaking and snorkeling first thing today) and headed out to town. The morning light was gorgeous, and we didn't see many people around. We walked through the nicely …
Mountain Biking to See Giant Tortoises, Exploring Tortuga Ba
Kayaking in Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station
Snorkeling at Puerto Villamil, Tortoise Breeding Center
Horseback Riding at Volcan Sierra Negra, Beto's Bea
We woke up at 6 am and got ready for the day. Sebastian had bribed the kitchen girls with chocolate so that they would have our breakfast ready half an hour early. We had fresh blackberry juice, croissants with marmalade and butter, and fluffy scrambled eggs with bacon bits mixed in. As with every home-made meal from Casa de Marita, it was …
Return to Quito
We woke up at 6 am and got our things packed for the flight back to "the continent." We met Sebastian at 7:30 for a breakfast of juice, scrambled eggs, and coffee, and got a ride to the airport at 8:15. We checked into the tiny airport and sat with a few other passengers while they prepared the phe windows.
Stephanie & Craig Smith
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