Published: March 10th 2012March 9th 2012
Where to start...we actually booked our trip from home, we got a good deal but as it turns out, we could have gotten an even better deal. But that doesnt matter at all because we would have payed double for the shit we saw and experienced!!!
We did a four day tour, on a sweet boat called the Galaven. We thought we would end up on some geriatric cruise for seniors (a bunch of silver foxes complete with head-to-toe khaki and gumby hats) but we lucked out and had an awesome group (minus the a-hole Frenchies who were too good for anyone) which always makes a tour better.
After landing in the airport on Galapagos, we basically started right away. We went straight to our boat. Being only a four day tour, we were worried about getting to see all of the animals we wanted...we basically saw them all right away. The cooler thing, they come to you, like right to you, having evolved with no natural predators on the islands, they are left with no natural fear of humans as well, in fact they are super curious. It was just so fuckin cool to have birds, reptiles, and
mammals all walk right to you...worth every penny we payed!!! Even better, the animals were absolutely EVERYWHERE. I thought they would be here and there, but they were literally everywhere you looked, all the time!!
Some highlights...number one has to be the sealions. They are so damn cute, especially the babies. We snorkeled with them, suntanned with them, one even walked up a ramp to me and put its head on my lap on the pier in the main town.
Second has to be the snorkelling. In one day, we snorkelled with 5 Hammerhead sharks (an 8-10 footer swam about 10 feet right under Teri - she had no idea as she was fixing her mask...it was sooooo close), Manta Rays with like 10 foot wingspans, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, Galapagos Penguins (swimming under water beside us), of course the sea lions, white tip reef sharks, and countless species of tropical fish...amazing for sure, the hammerheads were insane and huge and eerily close to us....
Then of course every other animal...we did land based walking tours of several islands and everywhere you looked was another bird or lizard...the faves were the masked boobies because of their
cute faces...where in the world do birds walk and fly towards humans??? we literally could get within inches to a bird feeding its baby, in the real world that just does not happen...the only bird species we didnt see is the flamingoes...we will let the pics speak for themselves here...
After the cruise, we spent another 4 days on the islands, chillin out and walkin to different beaches every day...we went to perhaps (no definitely) the nicest beach we have ever seen, and we have seen shitloads...it is number one because of the animals...just walking on the beach, there were sea lions swimming in the shallows, marine iguanas strolling on the white sand, making us get out of their way, pelicans diving right beside us...too cool
Galapagos are not to be missed!!! Just suck up the cost because it is worth it. We both think we have to come back at some point again.
We are now chilling in the amazing little mountain town of Vilcabamba preparing for our long travel day tomorrow to the coast. Time for cheap beer, hammocks, suntanning and surfing.
There are more photos below