We had a 4×4 trip booked for the day so we had to get earlier than the previous days. We were picked up at 8:20 as promised and found out there was just one more passenger and there was only one Land Rover on the trip.

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The morning started with little wind, an exception around here, and the sun out in full force. These are ideal weather conditions for a boat trip on the Beagle Channel.

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It was again bright and sunny when we woke up. It was a short drive to the parking lot where we started a hike of 5 Km to Lago Esmeralda. The first part was easy, walking through a forest first and later through a valley. Then the trail got narrower as we started to go up hill.

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While planning our holiday we looked into getting a local SIM for internet access. It looked like Personal had a good deal for tourists with their package of 3GB data plus some SMS’s and calling time for 500 pesos (€12.50) valid for 30 days.

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The sun was already shining when we woke up at 7. The temperature was 8 degrees and the wind was already blowing hard.

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Alarm clock at 6 in the morning…that’s early. Orlando had breakfast ready for us at 7 and half an hour later “our” taxidriver Miguel took us to the airport. The flight departed from AEP, which is in the city and only a 15 minute drive on a sunday morning.

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We left home on Friday afternoon to get the train to Brussels where the high speed Thalys would bring us to Schiphol. Soon it was clear something wasn’t right. It looked like it took forever to get to Antwerp, the train was going 30-40 Km/hour and stopped several times. Once we left Antwerp we got up to speed (295Km/h) as expected to arrive in Amsterdam 20 minutes late.

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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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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.

 

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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