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Apr 8, 2018 - April 8, 2018 – Islas Daphne/North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

April 8, 2018 – Islas Daphne/North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador This morning we were up for the 6:00 a.m. circumnavigation of Daphne Major Island. This is the island where a couple by the name of Grant have been doing research for 40+ years. They are the only ones allowed on the island, and I’m not sure how they get onto the island because there is no beach – just steep rock cliffs. Nevertheless, they have studied the finches on this island and have documented that the beaks on the finches located here have evolved over the...

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Apr 6, 2018 - Galapagos!

We had to leave the hotel at 5:45 AM to go to the airport in Quito to fly to the island of Baltra to start our Galapagos adventure. With us are now Brenda, Connie Pompelli, Karen's sister Sandy, Terry & Connie, Nancy & Twig (not a nickname), Pauline, and Kitty. By the time we got on the boat, it was afternoon, so we had a light lunch. We sailed to Playa Las Bachas for our first stop. This is an island named for the barge that got stranded here and was left to rust. We walked to it, seeing new birds and our first iguanas along the way....

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Apr 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018 – Quito to Baltra Island (Galapagos), Ecuador

April 1, 2018 – Quito to Baltra Island (Galapagos), Ecuador We were on time for the pick-up for the airport. We were not by any means bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The G Adventures representative handled all the getting of tourist transit cards, boarding passes, etc. The flight was an uneventful one, and we left on time at 6:40 and arrived in the Galapagos at 11:40 or 10:40 local time. We had a slight panic in that we couldn’t find Patsy’s checked bag. For some reason, it had not been put with the others. It had been pulled to be put...

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Mar 8, 2018 - MACHU PICCHU

In order to get to Machu Picchu, we took a train twenty seven miles through the Sacred Valley and then took a bus for thirty minutes transversing many swaybacks. We stayed at a hotel that is just outside the entrance to the site. There is an alternative route - the Inca Trail Hike which takes four days and requires a licensed guide. It requires tent camping, so Linda declined as she likes a hot shower in the morning. What is Machu Picchu? Who knows? Remember, the Incas did not have a written language. The best guess is that it was a winter...

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Mar 7, 2018 - THE INCA EMPIRE

Our second week was a trip to View Machu Picchu, the “lost Inca city”. Our trip included a stay in Cusco which was the capital of the Inca dynasty, a visit to the Sacred Valley where the Incas grew their crops, and finally to Machu Picchu. The Incas were a fascinating group - very powerful and very intelligent. At their peak, sometime in the early 1400s, their population reached 14 million and their territory stretched from northern South America to the tip of South America. The Incas showed great administrative, architectural, and...

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Feb 24, 2018 - A Bunch Of Islands

On Wednesday, we started at Santiago Island, which is the fourth largest of the islands. We anchored in Buccaneer Cove where Charles Darwin spent some time. I took a glass bottom boat trip while Linda snorkeled; other options available were kayaks and paddle boarding. The glass bottom boat was okay, but not great. Some little kid kept yelling, “Look at that. Look at that” at anything that moved. I did see two ocupi. After lunch we had a lecture on the human history of the Galapagos which was interesting. The area was a favorite with pirates...

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Feb 21, 2018 - Urbina Bay & Tagus Bay, Isabela

Overnight, we have sailed around to the western coast of Isabela. Isabela is the largest island with six volcanoes. In 1954,there was a large earth uplift (15 ft), that caused many sea creatures to end up on dry land; the uplift was over a mile square. This morning, there is a power walk of two miles for those that want heavy exercise with no photography while the rest of us will take a mile hike around the uplifted land. Our guide today is Celso, a native Galapagian who is also a member of the committee that is making the rules to keep the...

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Feb 19, 2018 - North Seymour & Rabida Islands

We are now starting our first full day in the Galapagos. Each day is broken up with visits to two different islands with lunch on board in between. As Galapagos has so many unique species, some only inhabit one island, each island offers new things. (Our leader said that each trip (and they do them weekly) has a different itinerary depending on weather and specie availability. Our first stop is North Seymour Island. We are told there will be a difficult 1.2 mile hike, or a zodiac cruise of the shoreline. As this hike is rougher than...

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Feb 19, 2018 - Fernadina & Isabela Islands

The Galapagos archipelago was formed from volcanic eruptions over 3.5 million years ago. Today, we will be visiting the youngest island, FERNADINA, which still has an active volcano which last erupted in 2009. This island is considered to have the most pristine environment of the islands. Just before breakfast, the Captain announced a pod of dolphins are off our port bow. We all rush to see the sight as the Captain changes course to follow them. There must have been thirty or forty of them - a very neat sight. I took a picture of the pod,...

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Feb 17, 2018 - GALAPAGOS

We have arrived in the Galapagos. We arrived on board ENDEAVOR II by 11:00 AM and took a quick tour of the ship (96 passengers) and then had lunch. By 1:30 PM, our luggage was delivered and after we unpacked, we then jumped in the zodiacs for a wet landing at Las Bachhas Beach. A wet landing means that in order to get out of the zodiac, we jump into the water - maybe as high as our knees. There will be quite a few wet landings here because only three of the islands are inhabited, so there are no man-made piers. Any dry landings will be on...

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Feb 21, 2017 - On to the Galapagos!

Up early, quick breakfast, and we got picked up about 6:30 am. We could actually see the top of the volcano across the valley. Previously it had been cloud covered. Now we meet the folks going to Galapagos with us. Near the airport we could see snow-covered Cotopaxi. Bus to the airport, wait for the plane, etc. We flew from Quito to Baltra airport in the Galapagos islands via Guayaquil. Landing in Galapagos we had to stand in line to show passport, pay the $100 fee, and make a declaration that we were not bringing in any fruit or vegetable...

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May 26, 2015 - Galapogas and Back

Just finished in Galapogas – absolutely amazing!!!!!! Its like a Disney cartoon, with birds flying down from the trees to greet you, sea lions swimming with you, snorkelling with Turtles – its absolutely brilliant! The boat was fantastic – very nice – food, cabins, guide and trips ashore etc – everything was really really good. Every day was filled with new destinations and things to see and do -walking around the islands amidst marine iguanas thick on the ground – absolutely exhausted every night and asleep by 9pm! (ready for the 6am...

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