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Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Lirio del Mar

Flag of Ecuador  , Galapagos Islands,
Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Day : 323
Temperature : 30 degrees
Weather : Sunny / Rainy

Galapagos Day One

We had met Mark (from the UK) in our hostel in Guayaquil and as it happened we ended up on the same flight to the Galapagos. I have to say, that for the first time in a couple of months I woke up with a nervous, excited anticipation lying heavy in my stomach….we were off to the Galapagos, somewhere that we have been wanting to visit for years!

The flight to Baltra was only one and a half hours. As we approached the Galapagos we got our first glimpse of the islands. The airport is little more than a couple of sheds, and after waiting for an eternity the gate was lifted and the free-for-all began as a hundred people barged their way through to the pile of bags that were lying on the floor. We paid our $100 fee to enter the park and caught the bus to the ferry which would take us to Santa Cruz island, upon where we caught another bus to take us the 40 minutes to Puerto Ayora town. This was all fairly easy since the buses are waiting for the planes to arrive and all the passengers are going to the same location.

We checked into our hotel, Lirio del Mar, unpacked and headed straight out for a wander around town. We quickly arrived at the fish market. Quite a sight! It's pretty small, just a couple of fishermen chopping up their catch, but what makes this fish market spectacular are the dozens of enormous pelicans which are waddling around or sitting on the end of the counters, in hope of grabbing the odd scrap of food. In addition, there are a couple of seal lions which slide their way around on the slippy floor or stand up on their back flippers, leaning against the counter, as if to say, "I’ll have a tuna steak, please!"

Needless to say, we spent several hours here, watching in awe and taking loads of photos, before finally the fishermen cleared up and went home, the pelicans went to roost and the sea lions slid into the sea and swam away as the sun went down.
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Antony on

Hope you are enjoying the Islands and I'll read the other new blog entries tomorrow.

We have had a small heat wave here uptil Sunday...almost as hot as where you are !!!


nomadic-brands on

Nigel! Nice to see you on the blog....Kevin is being very careful regarding the pelicans, thanks for the advice!!! :-)
Will try to skype you soon but our connection is very bad here. Take care :D

nomadic-brands on

Ants, never knew about the heat wave, hope you're not getting too burnt! Enjoy it! Will catch up soon :)

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