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Galapagos - An Amazing Vacation
Casa Aliso in Quito
The landscape, the animals, the ship, and the service - all were outstanding!
The Journey Begins
The day starts at 0230. I have 4 alarms set - 2 by the bed and 2 on the dresser! My husband Harry has one. The flight leaves at 0648 and the airport is ~1 hour away. There are two kinds of people in the world when it comes to air travel - those who get to the airport (maybe too) early and those who don't want to spend an extra minute there. …
I am up at 0400 (I feel like a kid on Christmas!) A van from Adventure Life picks us up a few hours later and takes us to the Quito airport. We get a nice lesson about the environs of the city . We are dropped off and shown where to go. We accidentally get in the wrong line and our guide appears from nowhere and points us to where we should be. …
North Seymore and Santa Cruz
We see North Seymore in the morning and Santa Cruz in the afternoon (somehow we fit in 3 enormous and incredible meals too!) In the morning we get our first view of some fascinating birds as well as our first iguanas and crabs. I'd seen pictures of blue footed boobies before - but it was absolutely astounding to see them in the flesh and blood. …
Post Office Bay and Floreana
Our first stop is Post Office Bay - a place where a tradition continues of travellers taking letters / postcards with addresses near their home towns and then hand delivering them. I take several (to Harry's astonishment) - a few with addresses in Northern Virgina and one in New Jersey. We leave cards for several friends and family. I think this …
Today is Isabela day. We start out on a small bouncy bus and ride for about 45 minutes. Even if we see nothing else, the day is already interesting - just seeing what the inner parts of the island look like. We have a local guide (I had no idea before we got here that there was any such thing as a 'local' from the islands!) who showed us around …
Santa Cruz Highlands & the Darwin Center
We take a long bus ride on Santa Cruz to see Giant tortoises. Even before we get to the farm, we see a number of large ones on the side of the road. As with Isabela, I find even the bus ride interesting - just to see how people live on the inner parts of the island. The tortoises are pretty amazing - they're huge - and also prehistoric looking. …
Bartolome & Rabida
This morning we visit Bartolome which really looks like Mars. The only sign of human existence is a set of steps leading to the highest point on the island and a small lighthouse. Keeping people on the steps prevents erosion. Though it seems like there cannot possibly life on this island, we see several species of birds, some small lizards, …
We are supposed to see two parts of Espanola today - but when we look out in the morning we are surprised not to see land. The seas have been very very rough during the night causing the Captain to decide to reduce his speed in order to make it more comfortable for the passengers. The result is that we are only about half way to the island in the …
The seas were again rough during the night and I wake up at 5AM thinking I am rolling out of bed. Our choice today is spending the morning in the town in San Cristobal or going to another Tortoise breeding area. Almost all of us choose the tortoises. We take a 45 minute bus ride (it's also interesting to see the 'countryside'!) It's feeding time …
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