Day 15 Bye Bye Galapagos, Hello Quito

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This morning had a fairly early start with a 6am taxi, a ferry to Baltra, a bus to the airport and a flight to Quito.

Annoyingly you “have” to be at the airport 90 mins before the flight even though it’s basically an upgraded shed.

Final thoughts on the Galapagos….

– It’s quite expensive to be there e.g. $17 US for a small tube of sunscreen.

– It’s a lot more impacted by humans than I expected. There’s a lot of cats and dogs running around and a lot of farmland.

– Land based vs boat based. We spent a few days on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz + a 8 day boat. In hindsight what I should have done was the 3 populated islands with day trips ourselves and looked for a cruise for outer islands (if one exists). It would have been a lot cheaper.

– Hiking distance has no relation to time. A lot of the ‘hikes’ that are 1-2hrs are actually only 500m or so. You’re very limited in where you can actually walk.

– Snorkeling was great – not sure if you’d see much more diving?

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Then we had a 2 hour flight to Quito, then about an hour in the cab to find the owner of the apartment we’re staying in.

The view from our apartment is amazing.

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We’re just outside of old town. Went for a wander to get lunch. Managed to find the 2 spanish ladies from out boat at one of the restaurants…they’re going to think we’re staking them after finding them at the beach in Santa Cruz. Then a few supplies for the fridge and then I had a cracking headache from the altitude change so chilled for the evening.