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    • Day240

      Galapagod, Santa Cruz, Ecuador

      August 28, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Die Tage vergehen auf den Inseln... wir gehen wandern, schnorcheln, kajakfahren! Die letzten Tage waren wir mit dem Fahrrad bei einer Riesen Schildkröten Farm ... die Schildkröten reichen mir teils bis zur Hüfte und sind um die 150 Jahre alt!
      150 Jahre sich kaum bewegen und nur Fressen🤭 es wär auf jedenfall nix für mich!

      Gestern dann mein erster Tauchgang auf Galapagos!
      Die Ausfahrt zu den Kanal ist wunderbar... die Bootsfahrt dauert etwa eine Stunde!
      Wir sind nur 2 Mann mit tauch Erfahrung!
      Perfekte kleine Privatgruppe!
      Wir springen ins Wasser und gehen auf 20m tiefe!
      Plötzlich nach nicht mal 5 Minuten höre und spüre ich was ungewöhnliches am Lufttank!
      Eine kleine Dichtung im währt von ca. 1 Cent hat sich bei 300bar in Luft aufgelöst und plötzlich war ich in 20m Tiefe ohne Luft! Zum Glück war mein Instructor in der Nähe so das ich den schnell erreichen konnte und der seine Luft mit mir teilen konnte! Eine Extremsituation die ich nicht mehr in dieser Tiefe erleben möchte ... unheimlich!
      So musste wir den Tauchgang nach 20 min unterbrechen!
      Der zweite Tauchgang mit viel Respekt in den Knochen gestaltet sich sehr gut ... so sehen wir einen riesigen Rochen und zwei Hammerhaie wobei der eine über 3 m groß ist!
      Ausserdem hören wir ganze Zeit unterwasser das Gesänge eines Orkas ... leider bekommen wir diesen nicht zu Gesicht!
      Die Sonne scheint auch wunderbar so dass ich mir noch ein gemütliches Sonnenbad auf dem Oberdeck gönne!
      Für morgen sind zwei weitere Tauchgänge geplant!👍🤭🦈🐋
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    • Day7

      Arrived in Baltra

      July 2 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      It was now time to say goodbye to my lovely host Rocio and eat another of her muy delicioso breakfasts! To get to the airport I had to get a taxi to the other side of the island, then another boat (luckily this one was calm and only took 10 minutes) and then finally a bus. I'm so sad to be leaving the Galapagos (don't think the sealions wanted me to board the boat either) and I think it has overtaken Rio as my favourite place on earth but the silver lining at least is that I am now on my way to see mi amiga Tiana and learn more about yoga from her in the Peruvian jungle...Read more

    • Day14

      Baltra

      August 3, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Am Flughafen von Baltra wartet genau wie an den Flughäfen in Peru die Polizei mit Drogenhunden, die gefühlt alles andere machen, als ihren Job. Sind ganz verspielt und hören nicht auf Kommandos ^^ Aber auch die Polizisten scheinen lieber zu spielen, werfen Bälle und freuen sich, wenn die ca. 50 Kilo-Brummer-Hunde voller Elan auf die Koffer springen... Hoffentlich ist nichts zerbrechliches drin 😵
      Ansonsten wird schon ein ganz schöner Staatsakt aus allen Kontrollen gemacht. Ich kann nicht einschätzen, wie intensiv die Kontrollen tatsächlich sind, aber soweit ich mitbekommen habe, sind die Strafen hoch. Hatte aus Versehen mein Obst mitgenommen, aber Gott sei Dank ist das bei der ersten Kontrolle in Quito aufgefallen, Strafe wäre sonst 600 USD gewesen.

      Aber das Geld geht auch so weg:

      # 20 USD Kontrolle in Quito
      # 100 USD Eintritt
      # 5 USD für den Flughafenbus zum Schiff, m überhaupt wegzukommen
      # 1 USD für's Schiff
      # eigentlich 25 USD für das Taxi vom Flughafen, aber es fahren Gott sei Dank auch private Busfahrer, macht nur 5 USD, auch wenn ein durchgeknallter Kolumbianer mal eben versucht hat, mittels Anruf bei der Polizei den Preis auf 2,50 USD zu drücken, wäre schließlich vor 3 Jahren auch so gewesen

      Ich bekomme Angst vor Privatinsolvenz, was durch die Insel selbst aber schnell kompensiert wird ^^
      Schon bei der Landung des Fliegers habe ich die erste Echse flüchten sehen und konnte es erst gar nicht glauben.
      Beim Boot dann überall riesige Pelikane auf der Suche nach Fisch und ohne jede Scheu vor Menschen, landen sogar auf dem Dach des Bootes, auf dem lose unsere Koffer liegen 😅
      Sie fliegen zu sehen ist absolut unwirklich, fühlt sich an wie ein Sprung in die Vergangenheit zu den Dinosauriern.
      Aus dem Bus heraus sehe ich dann die erste Riesenschildkröte an der Straße und frage mich, was noch alles kommt.

      Trotz aller Bestimmungen zum Schutz der Natur bin ich dennoch überrascht, dass die Busfahrer permanent auch im Stand die Motoren laufen lassen und dass an einigen Ecken ziemlich viel Müll liegt,
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      Traveler

      Sieht sehr schön aber auch unwirklich aus

      8/5/18Reply
       
    • Day280

      Galapagos

      February 8, 2010 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Vandaag zijn we vroeg uit de veren gegaan....voor zevenen ging de wekker al af. We gaan vandaag naar de Galapagos Islands van Peru....de poormans Galapagos Islands.
      Om kwart over zeven stond het busje voor de deur en gingen we op pad naar de haven.
      We werden ingedeeld in een groep van 35 en gingen aan boord van een grote snelle speedboot...op weg naar Islas Ballestas.....een half uurtje varen.

      Eenmaal aangekomen was het plaatjes schieten geblazen.....zoveel verschillende dieren, zoveel mensen aan boord die hetzelfde willen, zo weinig tijd omdat de boot verder vaart. Anyway....ondanks de enorme stank zeker de moeite waard! Wij gingen voor de pinguins...en we hebben ze gezien!!

      Bij terugkomst in de haven hadden we nog een halfuurtje vrijaf om vervolgens weer de bus in te gaan naar het Reserva Nacional de Paracas.....niet veel meer dan een eorme grote zandbak waar je doorheen kunt rijden....af en toe een mooi uitzicht....een klein baaitje om te zwemmen met koek en zopie....en rode stranden. Ook hier hebben we wat mooie plaatjes geschoten.

      Al met al een dag met veel zonnebrand crême en heel veel zand!

      We gaan eerst douchen!!!
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    • Day96

      Galapagos - dia I

      May 5, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      After a short flight where (they even sprayed the plane to protect the nature of the Galapagos) we arrived in Baltra on the Santa Cruz Island. A guide picked us up and took us to the Puerto Ayora. Already now you could tell the difference of the nature and its wildlife you will not find anywhere else in this world. Sometimes it seemed like the animales are more curious about us humans than the other way around. This nature is just incredible.
      From Puerto Ayora we had a 2 hours boat ride on the open ocean, which was definitly not the best thing for my stomach that still was not well yet. But I survived. After the transfer we checked in at our hotel and had our first trip on our schedule. Just 5 min from our hotel was a big lagoon with many flamingos. Compared to the flamingos in Salar de Uyuni the flamingos here were more colorful and had kind of a neon pink. Amazing! Afterwards we walked to the beach where our guide showed us the small village with only 2000 inhabitants.
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    • Day73

      Galapagos Islands!!

      August 28, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      I was awake very early as i was worried I'd miss my alarm, but got up about 3:40pm to head to the airport. Luckily I'd been upgraded to business class seats! We landed on Balta island, got on a boat and went to Las Bachas Beach for my first snorkel. I swam without a wetsuit but it was cold. I saw a seasnake, jelly fish and a Galápagos baby shark. Then we went on a walk and saw a Flamingo, Marine Iguana, Pelicans and Herron.
      There was a welcome cocktail that night and I went to bed early after the early morning. The passengers were all young backpackers and keen travelers.
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    • Day15

      Letzte Nacht

      March 15, 2020 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

      Hoffentlich klappt jetzt morgen alles mit dem Rückflug über Madrid nach München...

      Traveler

      Das wünsche ich Euch! Guten Flug!

      3/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Alles Gute für euren Flug. LG 🙋‍♀️

      3/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Wir drücken euch die Daumen!! Einen guten Rückflug!! 😘

      3/16/20Reply
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    • Day127

      Galapagos - Teil 4

      December 5, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Seelöie gits da a fast jedem Ort. Wo mr höt sei gah bade het üs sogar es Männli de Schatteplatz gchlaut. Tapsig isch er de Strand ufe gwaschlet, under de Hängematte dure u het sech underem Schattedach breit gmacht. Unglaublich 😀Read more

    • Day98

      The big booby finale

      August 12, 2015 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      We were up at 5:40am for our last excursion. Many of us non-twitchers considered not bothering as it was a dinghy ride to see some birds but in the end everyone except George and Koyla made it - they missed out big time!!

      As the sun was rising we went to Black Turtle Cove on northern Santa Cruz amongst the red mangroves. We saw a few pelicans and blue footed boobies and then a tree covered in hundreds of white dots which turned out to be boobies.

      We hovered in the shallows and saw a big marble stingray, turtles and white tip reef sharks swimming back and forth. This was awesome enough but then we heard a commotion and all the birds in the tree had woken up and it was breakfast time! Hundreds of blue footed boobies swarmed as one and then divebombed into the water for sardines / anchovies. Then flew up and did it again...and again, repeatedly. Seeing that many birds flying just above us and then splashing into the water one after another was one of the most amazing things I've seen! We followed for at least 20 minutes and they were still going strong when we left. Tamara said it wasn't a common occurrence so we felt very lucky.

      The boat moved briefly to Baltra, we had breakfast and left the boat at 8:20am. We were taken to the airport, said our goodbyes to those leaving and got the free bus to the narrow boat crossing and got the $1 boat to Santa Cruz. Maya negotiated a taxi to take us plus Emma and Sabine on a highlands tour on the way to town for $10 each. Only 4 are allowed in a taxi so Maya had to get out at the checkpoints and walk across. We stopped first at Los Gemelos to see 2 huge sink hole craters on either side of the road which were full of trees in a wet, mossy forest.

      We then went to El Charo Reserve ($3; free banana!) and wandered around seeing giant tortoises (Galapagos means tortoise in Spanish) in their natural habitat. We were given wellies and definitely needed them for the muddy trails. One tortoise seemed scared and hissed as we walked past but the rest couldn't care less. We saw 2 that reared their heads and then bumped their shells together really loudly in a possible territory dispute. Anna and I climbed in old, giant shells, which are really heavy - no wonder they move so slow!!

      We then walked through a 400m lava tunnel, formed as the edges cool but the hot lava inside flows through, leaving them empty. There are loads of these throughout the island. It was mostly lit and we had to scramble over rocks and under a narrow gap at one point.

      We were then driven the rest of the 42km to Puerto Ayora and checked in to Emma's hostel: Los Amigos ($25; shared bathroom - some deranged man knocked the door down and walked in on Anna naked putting her off shared bathrooms!!). Maya and Sabine took the boat to Isabella.

      We chilled for an hour then went to Galapagos Deli for huge ice creams for $3.25 each. Then we went back to get Emma, booked our boat tickets for the next day and wandered to the Darwin Research Centre to see giant tortoises of all sizes as it's a breeding centre - sex depends on temperature that egg is incubated at!

      We had a thorough search for a cheap restaurant which wasn't just seafood. We finally found one but turns out they had no vegetables for anything I tried to order so I ended up with pasta (Tamara had told us getting supplies is a real struggle here for businesses). We were all shattered and had an early night.

      Notes on cruise:

      Itineraries are set for each boat with exact landing time allocations for each island. For the first couple of days we didn't see any other boats which was amazing. We saw other boats for the second half of the cruise but they managed it so we never walked to the same areas together so it was always just our group. There are clear trails on the island and you can't wander off. You are supposed to keep 2m from the animals but in reality they often approach you - they are completely unfazed by humans as they have no predators.

      We couldn't have asked for a nicer group to share our tour with. We had feared yuppies or kids but instead got an enthusiastic, friendly and considerate bunch who we had a great time with. Ages ranged from early twenties to sixties but the majority were our age.

      Rumours that the Galapagos will be closed to visitors in the near future are apparently untrue. On the contrary, the current president doesn't care about the impact of tourism but rather wants to exploit it. He has done great things on the mainland in improving roads, education and free healthcare however this has led to a lot of debt which he hopes to eradicate through tourism. He has recently approved plans for large-scale hotels to be built in the Galapagos which the locals are trying hard to fight.

      Another problem they face is litter coming over from the mainland in the sea as Ecuadorians (and South Americans in general from what we've seen) aren't environmentally aware.

      Favourite quotes from Tamara: I can't save you from a dominant sea lion. Sally Lightfoot crabs pronounced as cellulite craps.

      Total cost for cruise including flights = $3,632.
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    Seymour Airport, Flughafen Seymour, San Cristobal Airport, Aeropuerto Seymour, فرودگاه سیمور, Aéroport Seymour, GPS, SEGS, 시모어 공항

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