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Travellers Tales: Galapagos Adventure
Up at 2am at Heathrow for 6.30am flight to Amsterdam.
After 11 hours, I finally made it to our meeting point hotel, San Francisco de Quito, but still had another 2 hours flight time ahead of us early the next morning. I was shattered.
6.pm- The hotel room was nice and I was ready and waiting to meet my roommate, plus yet to meet the others.
My fellow travellers and I went out to dinner, incredibly cheap at only 10 dollars and what a great bunch of travellers. We discussed what we wanted to explore tomorrow and our Group Leader arranged our transport to the airport, for early next morning.
We were up bright and early at 4.30am to get to the airport; my room buddy was really nice and wondered who I would be sharing with on the boat?
When we finally got to our floating home for the next few days it was 13.10 Galapagos time as it had probably taken us around two hours to get there.
In the afternoon we walked for two hours spotting plenty of Sally Lightfoots, a baby seal with its mother and many different types of birds, some of which weren't even on our bird chart!
That night we went up to the roof of the boat to do some star gazing, and even saw a shooting star!
My fellow travellers enjoyed snorkelling that morning but sadly due to a health complaint, I was unable to go myself. The others enjoyed seeing sharks, turtles, rays and many types of fish. In the afternoon, I enjoyed watching seals and plenty of crabs on the cliff we were about to climb from the zodiac. We saw lots of birds including blue and red masked footed boobies with their chicks along with plenty of frigates; some of the frigates flew so low we even needed to duck.
I would recommend for those of you with delicate stomachs to purchase sickness prevention; due to the small boat and my experience of rough seas at night.
The guide was a breath of fresh air; informative, knowledgeable, fun.... and very handsome! The rest of the crew were pleasant and helpful as well.
8 am - We went to Sullivan Bay to walk on the pahoehoe lava, short trip needed in my opinion as once you have seen a section of lava you have seen it all! However, we did see a lot of interesting lava lizards.
9.30am - The sea was calmer this morning, enabling my fellow travellers to explore the animals of the ocean depths, including turtles, penguins and other sea life.
6am - Six fellow travellers and I were up bright and early to have breakfast before saying our farewells. The seven of us got into the zodiac one last time to make our way to the Charles Darwin research station. Sadly the building was not open although we were allowed access and saw the giant tortoise.
From the research station, we caught a ride to the ferry port which was an experience in itself with our luggage balancing on the roof of the boats. After approximately 30 minutes we returned to the airport. The seven of us flew back to Quito, and then two from our group went their separate ways. We were now the famous five! We returned to the hotel, and the five of us caught a taxi (a bit of a squeeze to say the least) to a delicious Italian restaurant in town.
That night we lost a further three from our group and were no longer the famous five, gutted. The two of us decided to go on a historical tour around the fascinating town and later that day we had to go our separate ways, as my buddy flew back home, and I was once again on my own staying at the hotel
Home time. In the afternoon I flew to Amsterdam airport for my connecting flight back to the not-so-warm London.
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