Trip Start Apr 22, 2010
71Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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There are different interesting things to see in Santa Cruz. My 2 favourite places were Turtle bay and the Dawin Center.
Turtle bays is a paradisiac place with really beautiful beaches and marine iguanas laying around. As well you can go for some kayak and see sharks and turtles. Well you will not see much if the water is as now...very blury and coldddd but in December till March the season is much better.
The Darwin center is for me the best place to see Tortoises (land turtles from Galapagos). You can see here lots of them and be very close and even see them walking around towards you...don't worry they don't manage to go faster than 600m.......a day lol
Las Grietas is nice to visit but can be done in less than 2 hours. You can swim in a small lagoon that is quite beautiful for its colours but don't expect much fish.
The highlands is another place where you can see Tortoises but I preferred the Darwin center as you could see them walking around and you you don't need take a bust for 30 min as you can just walk thre from Puerto Ayora.
I did 2 days of diviing here one to Gordon Rock and the other to north Seymour. Gordon Rock was great especially the second dive and the first dive in North Seymour was nice as well. But again the water is very cold (between 23 (Panama current) and 16 degrees (Humboldt current)) and the visibility can be good one dive and the second really crappy. You can experience diffent temperatures during one dive because of the different currents.
I saw 2 hammerheads sharks, green sea turtles, sea lions (better with snorkeling as they don't stay that deep), rays (eagle, marble, diamond, sting...), white tip reef sharks,...
In general I must say I was expecting more from the Galapagos as I didn't see that much colourful fishes and there are no much corals as well. But in the right season (DEC till MAR, APR) you get more chances to see lots of hammersharks and manta rays and even whalesharks and that with a better visibility and much warmer as well....next time!
Los primeros dos o tres dias en Santa Cruz (la isla mas poblada de Galapagos) los pasamos en Puerto Ayora, la ciudad principal de esta isla buscando last minutes de cruceros. Al final no conseguimos el que queriamos, que hacia un recorrido determinado por las islas (iba a Genovesa y Fernandina, las islas mas alejadas y a las que no se puede ir si no es por crucero), asi que cogimos otro crucero que no hacia el ejor recorrido del mundo, pero era un primera clase y lo tuvimos por 1200 euros 8 dias de crucero. Mientras buscabamos cruceros nos dio tiempo a visitar Tortuga Bay, super bonito, y el Jean fue a bucear a Gordon Rocks. Las condiciones de buceo no son las ejores en esta epoca del ano, ya que hay la corriente de Humboldt fria que viene de Chile, y eso hace que haya muy malas condiciones de mar. Tortuga Bay nos encanto tanto que fuimos dos veces, ya que la primera vez no nos dio tiempo de hacer el kayak. Es impresionante la playa y la bahia, en la playa ves muchas iguanas marinas y en la bahia, cuando hicimos kayak vimos tiburones, pero no vimos las tortugas, y haberlas haylas :o)