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South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island February 27th 2014

So on Friday morning, I checked out of my hotel and headed from the old, historic part of town, to the new town and to the hotel where I would meet my group for the Galápagos tour. When I arrived, my room mate was out so I decided to take a trip up the cable car which overlooks Quito from a height of over 4000m. Unfortunately, that afternoon was rather cloudy so my view was much better on the cable car ride up and down than at the top but I got myself a hot chocolate and was happy! In the evening, we had our welcome meeting for the tour, where I met everyone I would be stuck with for the next ten days and got some basic information about our trip. Afterwards, my room mate ... read more
View from the cable car
On the cable car

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island February 10th 2014

31 January 2014 – Friday – Guayaquil to Galapagos, Ecuador Mid-morning flight to Galapagos. The taxi was 25 minutes’ late so that created some anxiety for us. It was raining. The flight was two hours and full of Swedish holiday makers heading for a Galapagos Cruise Tour and backpackers heading for the cheap hostels and white sand beaches. The plane lands on one small island, Baltra, and a local airline transit bus takes us to the ferry. A ten minute ferry ride costs 75 cents and lands us on the north end of Santa Cruz Island. Another bus transports us the length of the island to its capital, Puerto Ayora. Our home for the next three nights is a ground floor flat owned by a native of Galapagos, Aura, a young naturalist working for National Geographic. ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island January 3rd 2014

January 3, 2014 Early morning start today and a tour of some more of the sights on Santa Cruz Island. We enjoyed a good morning with several stops. Snorkeling a short distance from the port, and a look at small island that is the home to many birds and a lot of Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas. Then a very interesting walk through some of the preserve to view Iguanas and some interesting terrain in the dry lowlands with cacti and bush. Lots of birds. Too many Iguanas. The Iguana photo ops reminded us of Africa where everyone rushes to get a first photo of a Zebra and then you see nothing but Zebras for the rest of the trip. Ditto - Too many Iguanas. Very interesting place and good tour guides. Visited Las Grietas. This ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island January 2nd 2014

January 1, 2014 Today we left our winter home in Arizona and traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador via Miami. Relatively painless connections and an overnight stay before our early morning flight to Baltra Island Airport and Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. January 2, 2014 Flight this morning from Guayaquil to Baltra Airport, Isla Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador. Easy flight of under 2 hours. Then some interesting ( to say the least ) connections from the airport via short bus ride, a short ferry ride, and a taxi trip to Puerto Ayora. ( all with our bags - Note to self. --Travel Light !!! ) This last segment included a visit to a land turtle viewing area in the wild. This was a very interesting walk through some nice countryside and a very close up experience with some very large, ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island September 6th 2013

Currently in Huarez, Peru (Sept. 12th) Started Sept.5th: in puerto moreno on san cristobal, preparing to fly to guayaquil tomorrow... Happy Birthday, Lisa! We flew into the Island of Santa Cruz (Baltra) on aug. Wed 28th and took the island bus from the ferry to Puerto Ayora (easy transfer). We ended up at the Elizabeth hotel, which is right on the main drag (charles darwin) for $55/night, which is about the lowest of the low end. Wilmer is trying hard to spruce up the place; there was alot of painting going on and new matresses being delivered but our room was very tight and damp. But, we wanted to spend our money on tours rather than on our hotel and for the 3days we spent on Santa Cruz it was adequate. And wilma was very accomodating. ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island August 16th 2013

We awoke early and headed to breakfast for 4am. We met up with the other 14 people that would be going on this adventure to the Galapagos Islands with us. I am so excited, I've always wanted to go here to see all the animals. We boarded a mini bus and headed to the airport. Here we checked in and flew to Santa Cruz Island. We were met by our guide Dannielle. The 16 of us then boarded another bus, boat, bus then dingy to take us to our boat. This would be home for the next 4 days of our cruise around the islands. After a lovely lunch we headed back to Santa cruise to see the Galapagos giant land Turtles. They were huge and we all spent time taking many photos. We even got ... read more

It was so nice today to wake up on our own as lovely as olly's voice is in the mornings! We only slept till about 8.30 but it was still really nice to get a lie in! Unfortunately last night a giant group of American students arrived at our hotel and were so loud! We could hear every detail of their trip so far and girlfriend troubles etc as they all tried skyping home at once! Also meaning we had to leave and go to a restaurant up the road to use wifi!! So this am you can imagine our delight as we both awoke to their lovely sound again! If you can't beat them join them I guess so we showered an changed and went down for breakfast. They had pretty much eaten it all ... read more

We spent the last 5 nights of our Galapagos adventure on Santa Cruz island, the most populated of all the islands containing many travel agencies, shops, restaurants and houses. Our first day was spend visiting the highlands in a taxi with Miriam from our cruise, she happened to be spending a couple of days in the same hostel as us. We payed $35 for the taxi for the day and split it three ways. Our first stop was the twin craters, two very large craters in the earth that had been created when old lava tunnels collapsed due to erosion and movement of the earth, opening up gaping craters. The land is lush and green in the highlands, and we felt again like we had stepped into the Jurassic period, the trees smothered with moss and ... read more
Lava tunnel

April 10 – 14 … Home in Calgary for a few days. It was just long enough wash everything in my pack, pick out some different clothes to take on the next leg of my trip and get the tax returns I needed to complete done and filed. I was also able to catch up with a few friends and family. Tom the cat has been very well taken care of in my absence – I think I was just a temporary disruption to his usual routine for the few days I was at home but at least he didn’t shun me! I wasn’t unhappy to leave – it snowed on the 14th, quite a shock to my system, which had been used to warmer temperatures for the prior few months. April 15… Off to Quito, ... read more
Galapagos Map
Tortoise Collage
Hammerhead Shark

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island March 29th 2013

At the beginning of March my family flew out to meet me in Ecuador for what must have been our first long holiday together for nearly 15 years! We had “agreed”, that we would look to take advantage of my Spanish language and do the trip in a manner more akin to the way I travel – i.e. not having any fixed plans apart from the start and finish dates, and organising things as we go along according to what we hear is good. Obviously there was a little more pressure on getting things reasonably well organised, as I didn't think my parents would take too kindly to sleeping a night in a cockroach infested fleapit because we turned up late in a town that was fully booked because we hadn't realised that it was the ... read more
Male frigate bird in flight
Is he thinking "lunch" or are they just good friends??
Fighting for deckchair space

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