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Isla Santa Fe

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  • Day106

    Isla Santa Fé und Isla Plaza Sur

    December 14, 2016 in Ecuador

    Kaum auf Santa Fé am Strand angekommen, sahen wir wie zwei macho Seelöwen um das Territorium kämpfen. Es war sehr eindrücklich, wie schnell diese fetten Kerle an Land sein konnten und dann erst im Wasser! Ruhiger ging es dann weiter beim Spaziergang. Wir sahen eine kleine Galapagos Schlange und wir fanden die Land-Iguanas. Anders als die Marine Iguanas sind diese gelblich und leben von Kakteen und nicht von Algen. Diesmal sahen wir sehr viele Fische, Schildkröten und Rochen beim Schnorcheln. Leider sah Stephan, wie eine Schildkröte unter anderem von Einer aus unserer Gruppe und noch einer anderen Gruppe angefasst und sogar an den hinteren Flossen gehalten wurde😲 Somit war die Frau bei uns unten durch, vor allem weil es nicht das einzige Mal blieb, dass sie versuchte, die Tiere anzufassen. Über Mittag fuhren wir zur Isla Plaza Sur, was praktisch neben unserem Tauchplatz Gordons Rock lag. Wir sahen weitere Land- und Marine-Iguanas, Seelöwen und viele Vögel beim Jagen. Um an einem ruhigen Ort zu schlafen, fuhren wir gleich weiter und wir genossen die Fahrt vorne mit super Aussicht, bei Sonnenuntergang und guten Gesprächen. Der Kapitän hornte jedesmal, wenn er etwas im Wasser entdeckte. 😀Read more

  • Day55

    Unser zweiter Landgang erfolgte auf South Plazas Island. Direkt am Steg empfingen uns hier einige Seelöwen. An manchen Tagen fällt es laut unseres Guides hier gar schwer das Boot zu verlassen, weil die stämmigen Meeresbewohner den Steg blockieren. Für uns hingegen boten sich dadurch wieder interessante Fotomotive und es fällt einem in der Regel auch nicht schwer, den Meeresbewohnern für einige Minuten einfach nur beim Herumtoben zuzusehen. Im Gegenteil – unsere Gruppe war sich schnell einig, dass es eine sehr erfrischende Abwechslung ist, deutlich mehr Tiere als Menschen am Tag zu sehen. Nach den Meeresiguanas am ersten Tag enthielt unser heutiges „Faunabesichtigungsprogramm“ zudem diverse Landiguanas sowie wiederum neue Seevögel. Zu erwähnen ist hier wohl insbesondere ein Pärchen von Gabelschwanzmöwen, welchem wir für mehrere Minuten aufmerksam beim Liebkosen zusahen. Das Weibchen hütete dabei gerade die frisch gelegten Eier und das Männchen kümmerte sich ausgesprochen fürsorglich um die „Dame seiner Wahl“, indem es das Gefieder des Weibchens liebevoll mit seinem Schnabel berührte.
    Nach einer Pause an Bord gab es Mittagessen, bevor wir am Nachmittag Santa Fé Island erreichten und von dort aus zum zweiten Mal zum Schnorcheln aufbrachen. Nach etwa einer Stunde ging es schließlich zum Boot zurück. Hier erwarteten uns wie nach jeder Rückkehr von einem Landgang bzw. Schnorchelausflug kleine Snacks. Neben Biskuits und Oliven konnten dies auch einmal Empanadas sein. In jedem Fall erfreuten wir uns in der Regel sehr an der kleinen Stärkung. Anschließend, nach einer kurzen Pause an Bord, stand wiederum ein etwa 1,5 Stunden langer Landgang auf Santa Fé Island an. Neben einer Seelöwen-Kolonie und diversen weiteren Tieren zog hier auch der „Kaktuswald“ unsere Aufmerksamkeit auf sich. Nach dem Abendessen stachen wir wieder in See. Die Nacht verlief dabei leider recht unruhig, da der Wellengang das kleine Schiff doch recht stark in Bewegung versetzte…
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  • Day18

    Galapagos South Plaza

    April 4, 2015 in Ecuador

    Wir erkunden eine weitere Insel und können eine andere Art der Landleguane beobachten, viele verschiedene Vogelarten und auch wieder Seelöwen.
    Am Nachmittag gehen wir das dritte und letzte Mal Schnorcheln. Alle sind schon vorher total aufgeregt weil das Schnorcheln immer ein Highlight war da wir so viel gesehen haben im Wasser. Und diesmal sehe ich auch einen kleinen Hai und ganz viele Meeresschildkröten. Sie schwimmen dicht an mir vorbei und sind so ca 50-80cm lang. Alle wollen gerne länger im Wasser bleiben, aber wir hsben eine 3h Fahrt nach San Cristobal vor uns.Read more

  • Day79

    Galapagos Day 7

    September 3, 2017 in Ecuador

    This morning we started at South Plaza. It is a very small island covered in carpet weed in a bright red colour. There were land iguanas guarding each cactus tree and sea lions along the coast. The landscape was quite stunning.
    We then traveled two hours on rough seas to Santa Fe. After lunch we went for a snorkel in the cold water. The sea lions were quite aggressive here with the older ones protecting their young. We saw some rays, lots of turtles and sting rays. The water was pretty clear so I jumped off the boat into the water.
    After we did a land visit. There were many seals on the beaches lying around and barking. We walked along the rocks where there was very tall cactus' and land iguanas. Turtles used to be on the island but were all taken by whalers. On the boat on the way back we saw many white tip reef sharks, a baby seal just born with vultures waiting to eat the placenta and once back on board the boat, a school of golden rays. So many animals!
    We had a farewell cocktail and dinner before we headed off for a bumpy ride to San Cristobel.
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  • Day94

    Galapagos cruise

    August 8, 2015 in Ecuador

    Turns out our cheap hostel was cheap for a reason...free wildlife!! First I saw a mouse (which had munched on our crackers), then we had little ants in our beds and then we turned out the lights and were besieged by cockroaches! Anna was reading and felt what she thought was an ant near her shoulder, turned the kindle light on it and saw something huge as it scuttled away. She screamed, leapt out of bed and found another in the sink and another by the loo. After spraying both our beds and the door to the bathroom with deet, we slept with the lights on - both dreaming of bugs!!!

    After a slightly restless night (I woke up with a sore throat) we went for breakfast (not included in hotel de bug) and then had our last walk around the beach front. At 11am we grabbed our bags and got in a taxi with a lady, Tamara, who turned out to be our boat guide - $1 at locals rate.

    We met up with the rest of our group at the airport and then were driven in 2 little pangas (inflatable dinghies) to our boat, Daphne. Daphne is a superior tourist class of boat, 1 up from economy, 1 down from first class - good enough for us! Our cabin was small with bunk beds, the bottom bunk (mine) being almost a double. Our ensuite was nicer than many hostels we've stayed in.

    Our group of 16 consisted of fellow Brits Jo and Brian, Germans Stefan & Carolyn and Maya & Sabine, Aussie Emma and Americans Koyla & Lisbeth and John, Suzanne & Teresa and George & Mel (Armenians). The male crew consisted of the captain, 2 boatmen, 2 cooks and a server / housekeeper.

    There were 8 cabins, a large lounge with TV, a dining area with 2 tables and a bar, plus a sun deck on top - complete with washing / dryer machine.

    A sea lion climbed into one of the boats over lunch and fell asleep and had to be shooed out with a lifejacket. After lunch we had a welcome / safety speech and then went to the Interpretation Centre to learn about the history of the islands. Tamara gave a guide spiel but I preferred to read the displays which were interesting.

    We then walked about 15 mins to Tijeratas and some of us went snorkelling. I was the only one who'd grabbed a wetsuit before we left so everyone else was freezing. There were small fish, lots of sea urchins and we saw 2 huge turtles. As I was getting out a baby sea lion came and wanted to play with the lady in fronts flippers which scared her. It then hauled itself out of the water and lay on the steps so I had to clamber carefully over it.

    We went back to the boat and had popcorn and juice, then showered in our surprisingly spacious shower and went to the top deck to watch a stunning sunset.

    We had a briefing talk with caipirinas for the following day's activities and then dinner at 7pm. Food so far has been lovely. Everyone was shattered and in bed by 9:30pm. I passed out and was awoken when we set sail at 3am but then the gentle rocking lulled me back to sleep. I woke briefly when the anchor was dropped at 6am but then fell asleep again. Lots of people couldn't sleep through the rocking boat and thought it was crazy rough. Anna and I seem to be the only ones not on sea sickness tablets and enjoying the waves.
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  • Day95

    Santa Fe and Plazas Islands

    August 9, 2015 in Ecuador

    We were up for a 7am breakfast of fruit, granola, yoghurt, bread and cheese. Then we were dropped at Santa Fe island on a sandy beach full of sea lions. We went for a short walk up a rocky path full of giant black lava boulders and saw about 6 light brown land iguanas and lots of prickly pear cactus which has thick tree-like trunks (only island in the world you can see these species).

    After a quick revival of juice and biscuits we went snorkelling. I saw lots of cool fish including one with luminescent blue spots and there were apparently turtles around but Anna and I spent the entire time with the sea lions. There were at least 20 juveniles who just wanted to play with us - the most amazing experience!!! They would swim straight at you, then whoosh around at the last second, never bumping into you. They loved it if you dove down and blew bubbles or swam upside down / in circles. They also liked biting the ends of our flippers...one lady even had her ponytail grabbed!

    Once we were dragged away from the sea lions (I'm not sure who was more sad, them or us), we set sail for the 2.5 hour journey to the Plazas Islands. Most of us fell asleep on the top deck whilst frigate birds (who puff up their red chests for mating) flew above us and landed on the boat.

    After lunch we went ashore for a 2 hour walk along the trail seeing more cactus, different land iguanas (black that become more yellow as they get older), more lava lizards and lots of birds. We also saw a few sea lion pup skeletons and a couple of dead marine iguanas. One looked really odd - it was almost fully formed apart from it's head and it's tail were rigid in the air from dying from the heat and the muscles constricting. Sea lions were sat on the concrete jetty blocking our path and both times we had to clap loudly to get them to move.

    Back on board (BOB) at 4pm, we were greeted with more food! Delicious cheese empanadas. We then watched a short clip of a crab shedding it's exoskeleton as we'd found a carapace ashore earlier. Next we watched David Attenborough's Galapagos programme. I could barely keep my eyes open and went for a lie down when the second episode came on.

    After a lovely dinner all but four of us went to bed as soon as we set sail at 9pm. We went up to the top deck to see the stars which were truly amazing - the only equivalent I've seen is in the outback in Oz. We were accompanied by the world's only nocturnal gull which swooped gracefully around our boat. We went to bed about 11pm and slept pretty well considering we were rocking about a lot for the seven hour journey. Only Anna and I managed to sleep properly.
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