Snorkelling with sharks !!

Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
Trip End Feb 29, 2008

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Well at last after 8 weeks of chilling we have started the real travelling...Aruba to Bonaire for a few days, another of the ABC islands,  before flying to Quito in Ecuador, 3800mtrs high took some time to aclimatise couldnīt breathe ! some may say that is a good thing.....but when you struggle to take a breathe while sitting down, that feels really odd.

Quito is surrounded by volcanoes, some of which are still active, it was really great and will try to revisit again, and very cheap so helps the budget, pint of beer $1 & a meal for $5.
So we used the money we saved to do a tour to Cotopaxi {moody, misty & roads washed away} the highest active volcano in South America I think, took a long time to get there and then hiked for a couple of hours around fantatstic lake, saw Condors ! & wolves poo.....but no Pumas thank god if there is one.....a couple of people were killed there a few months before, had to take off boots and wade through streams to get back  {bloody cold} We could not manage more as still had breathing problems. Our guide advised chocolate was good so we have been strictly adhering to this.
Also did a half day city tour, then just wandered by ourselves.
Our guide for both was Alfredo, he was great.

Then on to the Galalpagos Islands for 4 days (Eileen the Bonine worked), and it was just not long enough. Visited 5 islands, saw marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, lava penguins, giant tortoise, seals & sea lions....did several walks each day and snokelled a couple of times each day from the beach and off the boat..the highlight of which was a 45 minute snorkell in the channel lying between 2 islands.
We saw 3 white tip reef sharks 5 to 6 ft in length, both scary & exciting, but tried not to act like a seal (not easy with flippers on !) seals swam so close you could have touched them.
Boat ok, cabin so small could not swing a cat or anything come to that, food good & group fantastic.....will go back one day. Night time on board, the sky was so clear it was full of stars, saw big dipper & southern cross. The last day at Darwin centre we saw Lonesome George the giant tortoise who we have been reliably informed is sterile, not gay. We saw lots of baby tortoise that will go back into the wild, can you believe the tourists try to nick them !!! not the British of course.... Days were so full, everyone was in bed by 10pm ?

Now back in Quito and will be flying to Lima for the next stage of our this space.


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