Blogs from Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador, South America


South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora June 13th 2019

Our day started off early with lots of travel ahead of us. We were up, ready and fed by 6:50 when Ramiro picked us up and took us to the airport. Traffic was pretty brutal but we made good time. And just like in the states, by the time we got to our gate, the flight was delayed. It wasn’t as bad as when we left Houston, only an hour late. We flew from Quito into Santa Cruz Island which is the most populated island We deplaned and made our way through their customs and had to pay $100 each to get into the Galapagos. It was fast and painless. Waiting for our luggage wasn’t as bad as it could have been either, plus we had great entertainment. Some dude had on quite the disarray of ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora December 9th 2016

Guayaquil was a pleasant step off to the Galapagos archipelago but it is time to go, the airport was only a short distance away and we were soon standing in front of the Galapagos window to get an immigration pass before we could check in our luggage. The airport is new so it is clean and comfortable and our two hour flight left on time, no entertainment though. Ruth took some photos from the air as we approached the airport island of Baltra and soon we were on terra firma, first step immigration followed by the national park fee then onto a bus for the short ride to the ferry. Here we saw our first Sally lightfoot crabs, our first marine iguana, frigate birds and brown pelicans. We then boarded the ferry for the three minute ... read more
Spitting Sally lightfoot crab
Yellow warbler
Vegetarian Finch

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 June 29th 2015

GORDON ROCKS Promptly at 6:30 a.m. we gathered at the dive store, then walked to the pier and boarded the boat. It was a small cabin cruiser, like most of the others in the bay. Somehow I thought everything would be gilded in the Galapagos. The boat was unexceptional. The dive masters and captain were knowledgeable and the divers were friendly. We all got in the water where our boat was anchored to test our weights because it was imperative that we could submerge quickly when we got to our dive site, due to strong currents and rough seas. Then we snorkeled for a while because two young people were doing an open water course before our dive. We snorkeled close to the rocks where sea lions were playing in the surf. Unfortunately I am not ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora June 28th 2015

GALAPAGOS – ARRIVAL One evening in the Dominican Republic, Michael and I were wondering where I would go after Puerto Rico. I was unsure. I knew I was eventually going to Buenos Aires for tango, and Patagonia for some hiking. But what was I going to do in between now and then. I casually threw out Galapagos. I had no idea where it was or how I was going to get there. I knew it was off the coast of Ecuador and Ecuador was on my route to the rest of South America. Michael loved Ecuador; he had spent almost three months there on one of his trips. We looked up the Galapagos on the internet, and the information was so exciting I would have left right then if it had been possible. I realized I ... 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

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