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South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora July 20th 2017

A friend of mine and her boyfriend recently made up the term "cocktail diving" while in Indonesia. Cocktail diving refers to the kind of diving where you leisurely roll into the dive shop mid-morning, slip into a 3mm shortie wetsuit, dive among colorful fish and coral in clear turquoise 29°C bathtub-like water, before sunning yourself on the boat on the way back to dry land. This is by far the type of diving I enjoy most, and I rarely deviate from it. But I do make a few exceptions, one of which is hammerhead sharks. The Galápagos are famous for their friendly land-based animals, but among divers they are also famous for one thing in particular: schooling hammerheads. There are only a few places in the world where you can see them and the Galápagos Islands ... read more
Whale shark
Sea lion
Mola-mola or sunfish

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora July 17th 2017

"The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands." Sir Richard Burton The goal for this year long trip as a whole was to find cool places to hang out as a family, rather than sightseeing. Therefore, we have mostly visited places we've been before, not wanting to make ourselves crazy by rushing around seeing something new every few days. When we made the decision to leave Indonesia early to fit in The Galápagos Islands, we were definitely excited. Not only are the Galápagos one of those legendary places you hear about but never think you'll go, but they are also completely new for both Scott and I. If you're like me, you probably think the Galápagos are a ... read more
Puerto Ayora's ocean-front playground
Lava lizards are all over the waterfront!
Seals in the harbor (view from the supermarket cafe)

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora April 24th 2016

Columbia...... Bogota 2300 meters above sea level, so it takes a couple of days for you to adjust to the altitude. Bogota was totally great but tourist and visitors unable to go many areas in the city, mainly because of crime. People in the city are so proud of their town and are so impressed when you say that you had a great time. Although travel to other parts of the country is probably only safe via plane. We hope to return to Columbia in a couple of months to Cartagena and the national park. So Bogota such a large city the same as most, a huge university city. The mountains that surround Bogota are green and fertile. This time of year we experienced three to four seasons in one day like Melbourne. We needed warm ... read more
Bogota, Columbia
Bogota, Columbia

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora February 24th 2016

The Galapagos Islands, Darwin and evolution are closely connected in most people’s minds. The truth, however, is far more mundane. The breeding of dogs by English dog-breeders and pigeons were what inspired Darwin. The Galapagos and its wildlife on the other hand hardly features in his book, ‘The Origin of Species’. In fact when Darwin came to the Galapagos he was far more interested in its geology than its wildlife. Though presumably he became more interested in its wildlife once he was there. You can hardly not become more interested in its wildlife. He seems to have ridden on the back of one of the giant tortoises, so clearly he had a bit of fun while on the islands. Evolution also had very little to do with me coming to the Galapagos, and neither did geology. ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora December 26th 2015

We hope you're all having a fantastic Christmas! We have to be honest and say that we have missed our families a lot... but if you're going to be away from home for the festive season, this is the place to be! The Galápagos Islands are simply spectacular, and the wildlife that we've seen here has blown our minds. We spent yesterday at Tortuga Bay - one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen, and then had some amazing Galápagos seafood for our Christmas dinner! Today has been a very lazy Boxing Day spent wandering around posh tat shops in Puerto Ayora and planning the next leg of our trip, to Chile and Argentina. We'll write a (far too detailed) blog about The Galápagos in the next few days, but for now, Merry Christmas everyone! ... read more
Spot the crabs

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora September 20th 2015

Die Reise von Dallas nach Galapagos war nicht ganz einfach. Wir flogen zu erst von Dallas nach Miami, Flugzeit ca. 2 1/2 Stunden. Dann ging es nach einer Stunde Aufenthalt in Miami, weiter nach Guayaquil, Flugzeit ca. 4 1/2 Stunden. In Guayaquil mussten wir 9 Stunden überbrücken bis zu unserem Abflug nach Galapagos. Allerdings wussten wir bei unserer Ankunft in Guayaquil noch gar nicht, ob wir die Einreise nach Galapagos überhaupt genehmigt bekommen würden. Im Internet und auch im Reisebüro wurde uns empfohlen, nicht auf eigene Faust nach Galapagos zu reisen, sondern immer über einen Reiseveranstalter, da es Bestimmungen auf der Insel gibt, die das Reisen für Einzelpersonen schwierig machen. Wir hatten auch von Deutschland aus schon versucht, uns für Galapagos registrieren zu lassen, aber das hat erst Monate lang nicht funktioniert und als es endlich ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora July 17th 2014

dive day. tauchen auf den galapagos inseln gehört zweifelsohne zu den highlights jedes tauchers. natürlich sind auch hier die erwartungen wieder schwierig zu erfüllen. und wir haben schon soviel gesehen unter wasser. nach den malediven ist es nicht einfach, uns zu beeindrucken… wir fahren zurück in den norden der insel und besteigen dort unser kleines tauchboot. auf dem weg zur dive site, gordon rocks, passiert es aber schon: wir erleben das unfassbare! seit jahren träume ich davon, einmal einen buckelwal zu sehen und dann… springen vor unserem boot ein kalb und seine mörderisch große mama aus den schäumenden wellen! buckelwal familie in nahkonfiguration! unglaublich! eigentlich muss ich jetzt gar nicht mehr ins wasser - bin schon beeindruckt, bin schon zufrieden! meine lieben, hier kommt jetzt auch ein bisschen dive logbuch eintragung, sodass wir das zuhause übertragen ... read more
iguana real close
sealion sunbathing
mercado de pescados

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora July 2nd 2014

The plane touched down on Isla Baltra and we were offloaded onto the hot tarmac. A warm sea breeze hit us as we crossed to the newly renovated airport, and I nearly lost my latest hat acquired on this trip. It is made exclusively from coconut husk and wood glue and is unique enough to cut a dash (in my humble opinion) without looking like a wannabe Texas cowboy. The airport boasted at great length about its green stamp of approval for renewable energy technology, with wind turbines, manual conveyor belts and careful alignment with the prevailing winds to negate the need for air conditioning. It was nice and cool, but the wind turbines were stationary despite the strong breeze and the lack of baggage carousel caused a scramble for the bags as everyone wanted to ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora June 9th 2013

We have just got back from our 8 days cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Leading up to the cruise we researched a lot of websites and options, everything is so expensive! They keep the prices high to eliminate mass tourists, which would impact negatively on the nature. I emailed a company, which claimed the lowest prices guaranteed and was able to get quoted a much more reasonable price! And the flights from Rio (Brazil) to the Galapagos only where $500 – was a long journey though 30 hours of travel but we had meals and entertainment on every flight, which always helps! Surprisingly how good you can get at sleeping in airports., often I would fall asleep at around 3am and no one around and when my alarm goes off the whole airports full and people ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora March 9th 2013

Last post got deleted due to a sketchy Internet connection, so this is a condensed version. First we want to share that March 1 was not only a great day for us, but also a couple from Holland celebrated their 20th anniversary together and a couple from Germany got engaged that night on the boat. Cheers to them, they know who they are! Back on land we've been going with the Galapagos flow. We've hit all the beaches again... Diving in cool waters at las grietas, swimming at a local beach at the Darwin centre, and doing the 3km walk to tortuga bay. Tortuga bay is an amazing beach. Triple fun - one section made of calm warm water, another a cove, and then a surf beach. The sand feels like icing sugar under our feet ... read more
Male frigate birds
Kicking rock
Kicking rock

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