Day 15 Bye Bye Galapagos, Hello Quito

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…

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Day 14–KoM hunting in the Galapagos

After sitting around on a boat for a week doing sweet FA I thought it was a good idea to go for a bit of a ride while we had the chance. We’d spotted a bike hire place whose bikes weren’t completely rusted and had disc brakes and John had found some Strava segments he…

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Day 13 Stroll out to Tortuga Bay

This morning we woke to rain, so rolled back over and waited for our 8am breakfast to be delivered. After a few hours the sun came out so we decided to go for a stroll to Tortuga Bay. After a 1k walk from town we get to the registration point and get instructions..don’t swim at…

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Day 11 Santiago and Bartolome Islands

This morning starts with a zodiac cruise of the shore of Santiago island. We’re in search of Blue Footed Boobies but alas none to be found. There are however, quite a few nesting pelicans. There’s a juvenile hawk that for some reason wants to pick a fight with the fur seals. He eyes off the…

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Day 10 Fernandina and Crossing the Equator

This morning we visit a new island – Fernandina. The zodiac driver is quite skilled at navigating us through the shallow rock to land on the concrete platform. Here lives the largest population of marine iguanas. The rocks are literally littered with them to the point that you have to be careful where you walk….

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Day 9 West Isabella

This morning I’m sleeping with the help of some cold and flu one of the other passengers had. The real stuff is so effective and so annoying that it’s almost impossible to get at home. John goes out on the morning excursion to walk over the lava flows. Not much vegetation here bar the lava…

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Day 8 Isabella Island

Today I’m feeling worse so I pretty much sleep the entire day. John goes to the island in the morning to visit yet another breeding center. This one has lots and lots of babies. It’s almost surprising there’s any of them left when you hear the stories from years ago. These guys can last 12…

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Day 7 Santa Cruz Island

Today we’re on the most populated of the islands – Santa Cruz. We spend the morning at the Charles Darwin Foundation and breeding center. There’s some massive guys here but the pens and the light aren’t so great. We wander back to town and grab a coffee before heading to the highlands for lunch. We…

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Day 6 Santa Fe and South Plaza Island

Today I’ve woken up with a head cold. I think weeks of battling people at work and on the bus coughing on me, long travel and probably the cold snorkel tipped me over the edge. Still not terrible, I load up on antihistamines (best I have) and head off to Santa Fe. The small beach…

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Day 5 All aboard the Galaven

Today we head out on our 8 day boat trip around the islands. We get a nice sleepin and wander into town. Have one last meal at our regular food place and look for a long sleeve shirt for John. Then a quick taxi ride to the hotel and back to grab our bags to…

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Day 4–Reverse 360 around The Island

Today we set sail early to do the 360 tour of San Cristobal. I was keen to check out Kicker Rock as it’s supposed to have heaps of sharks at snorkel depth. We motor on for awhile, pretty much the route we cycled yesterday which is when I realised we’re doing the anti-clockwise version, meaning…

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Day 3–Turtle ride to Puerto Chino

This morning we  woke to rain. That annoying type of rain that isn’t pouring but enough to be annoying, especially when we were supposed to be going riding. We headed over the bike shop, had a chat and decided we may as well go and get a bit wet in case it was a lot…

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Day 2–Arrived in San Cristobal

Flight 4 of 11. After yesterdays’ mega journey, today’s plane ride of 2 hours seemed short. Last night we stayed at Air Suites which is really close to the airport. It was a bit of an odd experience in that we didn’t get a room key so if you left, you had to get them…

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