December 18th, Guayaquil

Weather on the Galapagos was very pleasant with temperatures between 20 at night and 25 to 28 during the day but as soon as we stepped out of our air-conditioned hotel the humid heat fell upon us. Temperatures went up to 35 degrees today so we tried to find air-conditioned places to drink at regular intervals. Just around the corner is the cathedral with a small park. As it’s called Iguana Park we knew what to expect and we thought it would not be special as we had already seen hundreds in the last weeks but these iguanas were completely different.  We wandered around for a while and then realized that these iguanas climb the trees and rest on the branches. We soon saw, from a distance, that it’s not so save to stand underneath  the resting iguanas.

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December 17th, Leaving Galapagos

Nothing much happened today. After breakfast a taxi brought us to the ferry terminal where we crossed the canal between Santa Cruz and Seymour island. There we took the bus to the airport, checked in and waited for our 1.5 hour flight to Guayaquil. At arrivals the driver from our hotel was already waiting so another 10 minutes later we were already at the reception desk. After settling in we only went out for dinner, tomorrow we’ll visit the few sights.

 

December 16th, North Seymour.

The boattrip to Nort Seymour was the only one we didn’t book in advance, but since we hadn’t seen the frigate birds with bright red chest we booked a last minute tour.

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December 15th, A local stroll

No booked trips means relaxing without a timeframe. We walked along the waterfront to the Laguna Las Ninfas at the edge of town. It’s a lagoon with fresh water that is fed by the ocean when the tides come in. Along the mangroves a boardwalk makes it easy to walk 3/4 of the lagoon.

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December 14th, the Plazas

No time to blog after we got back yesterday. Transfering the GoPro snorkeling video to the tablet took to long.

We were brought to the ferry terminal by bus and then got into a Zodiac that brought us to the boat to visit South Plaza. After 10 minutes we anchored down, and prepared to snorkel. We used the Zodiac to bring us about a kilometer further and got into the 19 degree water. As most of the time, the best place to snorkel was close to the rocks as most fish find their food there. After a while a sealion showed up and started to check out these strange creatures swimming in “his” water. He kept swimming in between and around us for while. We continued our swim between beautiful coloured fish when we noticed a big white tip shark a few meters next to us. I followed him for a while but couldn’t keep up. Read more ›

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