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Apr 5, 2018 - April 5, 2018 – Isabela Island, Ecuador

April 5, 2018 – Isabela Island, Ecuador We had a stowaway this morning. There was a red-billed tropic bird which landed on the boat some time during the night. I heard him cry during the night but didn’t pay much attention. I assumed that he had flown off. Imagine my surprise this morning when I stepped out the door and found this bird about 3’ from our door. He was staring at me as if I had no business being there. He had been on board most of the night because there was bird poop all down the walkway. He stayed around long enough that...

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Apr 4, 2018 - April 4, 2018 – Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

April 4, 2018 – Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador After breakfast, we boarded the pangas for a dry landing on Isabela. We then boarded an open air bus to drive about 45 minutes to parking lot for the trail to the largest caldera in the world. It was a 1.5 mile hike, and both Patsy and I were winded long before we reached the top which was at 3,000’. Although I walk 1.5 miles every morning in Texas, it is nothing compared to walking up a mountain. Fortunately Roberto stopped several times to give people a chance to catch their...

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May 28, 2014 - Isabela

Isabela (May 27, 28) We were up the earliest today since our flight to the next island (Isabela) is scheduled for 6AM! Six of us plus Alfredo fit into the plane and our luggage was just a few pounds under the total weight capacity of the small plane so nothing had to be shipped by “speedboat.” The flight was a short 35 minute hop, and we got into the “airport” (more of an air strip) in good time. Rashelle and Terri got to sleep-in and came on the 8AM flight. The Iguana Crossing Hotel was a step up from Casa Opuntia and our room was like the...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Isabela Island

Isla Isabela At the largest island of Galapagos, Isabela, we hiked the most unique trail as we walked to the Volcano Sierra Negra and its parasite cone Volcano Chico. Isabela Island has 5 volcanos, all active. Sierra Negra last erupted just 6 years ago in 2005. Our local tour guide described the eruption as a giant mushroom in the sky which lasted for 2 weeks. It created a base of about 4km and the black lava rocks could heat up to 80 C. The morning we hiked the weather was very misty so we were lucky to see a rainbow slightly above the...

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Jan 6, 2010 - Touring Isabela Island

Today started early at 8 a.m. so that we could get everything in our only real day at Isabella. We had arranged for breakfast at The Oasis, and our cook was “Jenny.” The population is so small on Isabella that you have to arrange in advance to have your meals prepared. Jenny fixed all three of our meals today. Breakfast was a plate of fresh fruit, a glass of fresh pineapple juice, coffee, eggs and toast with papaya/pineapple jam. Lunch was fish, rice, beans, french fries and a tomato/onion/pepper salad. Dinner started with a cerviche (soup)...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Galapagos - Isabela Island

Well, they talked us into going to Isabella. We are so tired but I do want to see the flamingos and penguinos. One 2 hour boat ride on a boat that is too small to be making the trip across these ocean waters and we finally reach Isabella. Wow, this is a really small place. It is a 10 minute walk from the pier to the first sign of a city. I have some really cute pictures of the post office and some of the local boys playing soccer. Most of what is left of the day is spent finding accommodations and finding food for dinner. Our room cost $10...

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Dec 7, 2009 - Isla Isabela

Where to begin...? I have spent the last few days on Isla Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. We left Friday afternoon at around 2. The weather on the island was not brilliant, which meant that the sea was rough and wild. The journey lasted around 2 hours, most of which was spent bouncing up and down as the boat sped through the waves, in an attempt to find the path of least resistance. Ironically at the port, myself and Dan, (along with the rest of the group which consisted of 4 Germans and a Dutch guy) bumped into Paddy, the...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Isabela

Day 3 Isabela Island Today we will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and “The Wall of Tears”; from 1946 to 1959 Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government for prisoners who were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “El Muro de las Lagrimas”. Additionally we will visit a small lava tunnel and a second Flamingo lagoon before returning to the hotel. In the afternoon we will sail to “Islote...

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Jul 31, 2008 - Isabela

Day 2 Isabela Island Early in the morning, we will begin our full day tour to the Sierra Negra Volcano, located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil. Boasting the world’s second largest volcanic crater measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep, we will ride horses up to this magnificent site to visit La Bocanilla and Volcán Chico. In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel before having the option to go Kayaking in Playa Grande (located in Puerto Villamil) or snorkel in Concha Perla.

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Jul 29, 2008 - Penguins!!

We did two dives in the morning and saw our first manta rays and other creatures. Generally people come to Galapagos for large creatures: rays, sharks, sea lions, etc. In the afternoon we went snorkeling with the penguins. It was awesome. They buzzed right under me, within about 3 inches below my mask swimming along on their back and looked up at me. After an hour of being amazed by the penguins above and below the water, we went on a walk on the Island of Isabela. There is a famous rock that we took pictures of at sunset. If the boat...

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