The Gorgeous Galapagos

Trip Start Apr 03, 2003
Trip End Oct 01, 2003

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Monday, June 9, 2003

Sorry its taken a while for me to update you all on where Im at, but Ive been having the time of my life in the Galapagos Islands where theres not much in the way of internet access!

I really dont know where to start, but I have to say that the Galapagos Islands is truly the most amazing place on earth! Its indescribably beautiful......

Let me start from the beginning.....

I flew out of Quito about 2 weeks ago onto the main island, where I met a cool Israeli girl, Osnat, and we sorted out a place to stay and managed to get a good last minute deal on a cool boat for an 8 day tour of the islands.

So we spent the next 8 days cruising around the islands, checking out the cool wildlife (marine iguanas, sealions, turtles, all sorts of cool birds) and getting so close to everything you felt like you could reach out and touch them! Even the birds just sit in the middle of the path and you have to watch carefully where you are going because its easy to step onto them if youre not looking where you are going. The sealions were just sooooo cute I wanted to snuggle up to them on the beach and lounge with them all day.

We spent loads of time snorkelling and I swam with turtles, penguins, sea lions and even sharks! I also did 2 dives which were amazing, especially being surrounded by around 8 1.5m Galapagos sharks. The sea lions were also incredibly playful and I spent hours frolicking with them in the water - they come right up to your mask and then shoot off, and also bite your fins.

Being on the boat was amazing, the crew were all really cool and chilled out and the food was also amazing. So all the weight I lost via the diarrhoea diet in Colombia has settled itself right back onto my butt, much to my dismay!

And then there is Valerio, our guide. What an amazing guy! He was a fantastic guide with so much passion for the wildlife and islands

But now Im sitting in an internet cafe in Puerto Ayora, being miserable and wishing I could be back on the boat. Ive had the time of my life here and I really cant put into words just how amazing this place is.

Anyway, all good things must come to an end, so tomorrow Im flying back to the mainland where Im heading down to Peru for the Inca Trail..... laters!
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hodge on

travel to galapagos
Hi there,

I'm just about to book my around the world ticket. Would you recommend booking a tour of the galapagos or should I wait until I get to quito? Also how much should I expect to pay??



monkeymouse74 on

Hi there
I booked my trip when I actually got out to the Galapagos.
When I got to Quito I booked my flights out there then shopped around for a deal when I got to the islands. You will get a much cheaper deal this way, but of course you need to have time on your side.....
I would highly recommend Guantanamera as a boat and Valerio Repetto as a guide.
You will love it there, its truly one of the most amazing places I have ever been to in all my travels

Greg on

Just reading your blog. Sounds amazing, we're going out on Guantanamera too - departing this Sunday. Very excited!!

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