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Jul 11, 2013 - Gorgeous Galapagos

What a whirl-wind trip that was! But, I did get my fresh visa and got it for 6 months. So, no need for any further visa runs. I had been super-organised as usual in my preparation for the trip. I had stayed up quite late on the Thursday – cleaning the house, packing, etc. I set 2 alarms to make sure I got up in time to have a shower, feed the cats etc. Ah… but, for the first time in my life, I managed to sleep through my alarm. Both of them. I got woken up by the driver buzzing at the gate. At first I thought it was kids being silly and...

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Feb 16, 2013 - Galapagos

Sobota, 16 luty - Galapagos Nasz statek ma ustalona rutyne na kazdy dzien wycieczki jak tez godziny posilkow. Sniadanie juz o 7 rano. Zaraz potem tz 'dry landing' czyli malymi pontonami doplywamy do wyspy na kilku godzinna piesza wycieczke (przewodnik wyjasnia i opisuje poszczegolne ptaki, zwierzeta i rosliny). Powrot na statek przed lunchem, ktory jest w poludnie. Potem wolny czas do okolo 2 ktory mozna wykorzystac odpoczywajac na gornym tarasie statku (czy tez na malym balkonie naszej kabiny). Okolo 3 po poludniu, czas na 'snorkling' i...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Quito, Galapagos (Santa Cruz)

Piatek, 15 luty - Quito, Galapagos (Baltra) Zaraz po sniadaniu bierzemy taxi na lotnisko ($10). Tutaj odprawa na lot do Galapagos linia AeroGal. Kilka dni przed wyjazdem kupilismy 'last minute' wycieczke na Galapagos. Wycieczka oprocz przelotu, zawiera 5 dniowy pobyt na malym (18 osobowym) katamaranie o nazwie Treasure of Galapagos. Koszt tej wycieczki to $1800 za osobe. Galapagos jest parkiem narodowym (rowniez obiektem UNESCO) gdzie zwiedzanie jest pod scisla kontrola i nie mozna tu przebywac, poza miejscowoscia Puerto Ayora, bez...

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Dec 26, 2012 - Islas Galápagos

Nous voilà aux Galápagos ! Comme nous vous l'avions dit, nous avons trouvé une super offre last minute pour 8 jours de croisière sur un bateau de catégorie moyenne, mais pour nous c'était vraiment très luxueux. Nous avons payé 1/3 du prix, car le bateau a eu un accident (une collision avec un autre bateau) 3 semaines auparavant, mais les autres passagers n'étaient pas au courant. La nourriture était excellente, la meilleure que nous avons eue depuis le début du voyage. Nous avons même mangé du homard et avions des snacks à chaque retour...

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Oct 27, 2012 - NEW - Galapagos Island - in the footsteps of Darwin

The Galapagos Islands are famous for being the place where Charles Darwin got the inspiration for his theory of evolution. Darwin visited the islands in the Beagle, but this was in his 20s and his groundbreaking book "The Origin of the Species" barely mentioned the islands (it talked more about pidgeons). Anyway. Darwin was fascinated by the variety of animal life on the islands - and it is amazing. We bundle into a zodiac and motor in to land on the beach of the one of the many islands. The beach is usually covered with sea lions, sunning...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Quello che gli acquari non possono mostrare

Galapagos, teoria dell’evoluzione, Charles Darwin. Isole intrise di mistero, perché qui è presente una vita che altrove non puoi trovare, perché racchiudono il segreto del nostro mondo, perché sono l’esempio più incontaminato e sorprendente di come funziona il pianeta che ci ospita. Era una delle altre mie fantasie, alimentata dal film Master & Commander, che le ha fatte entrare definitivamente nella lista dei luoghi da visitare assolutamente nella vita, anche se, come l’Isola di Pasqua, fino a un anno fa credevo fosse solo un sogno lontano...

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My Big Trip

Jul 13, 2011 - Arrival

Hello! Dear friends & families, We have finally arrived in Galapagos after 36 hours on the road... and actually saw about 10 spices of animals coexisting with people in this lovely community of Puerto Ayora... where pelicans try to steal fishermen's catch of the day, the Charles Darwin Research Center helps breed and preserve the endangered giant turtles, ugly marine iguanas walk with you... see photos of Ted following iguanas' walk back to the bushes. To our amazement, we saw the groom, at the beautiful wedding we attended right before we...

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Feb 27, 2011 - Lonesome George and the Gentle Giants

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. 23 Feb 2011 – 2200 in Galapagos We woke this morning to the only real sign of civilization – apart from our lovely boat – that we will see for the entire voyage around the Galapagos. We are moored in Puerto Ayora, the main settlement on Santa Cruz and in the Galapagos. The population of Puerto Ayora is about 10,000 and, between the five island settlements, more than 20,000 people live in the Galapagos Islands. In some ways, Santa Cruz is both the most despoiled of the islands, but it has also benefitted from its...

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Nov 10, 2010 - A Visit to Santa Cruz (Galapagos)

Tom: Today was our one stop at “civilization” -- Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. The National Park claims 97% of the land in the Galapagos, leaving only 3% for private ownership. Most of the population that “lives in the Galapagos” lives here. It’s Puerto Ayora is estimated to have approximately 15,000 residents. And the population is not growing -- at least legally so. After a decree in the 1990s, the only persons allowed to live in the Galapagos are those born here, who marry someone here, or who were legal residents before the ban on...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Is

See Pics:) We came to this port to drop off part of our group and pick up 3 new to join us in the second half of our 8 days. For more info about Puerto Ayora and Galapagos in general visit: Puerto Ayora Puerto Ayora Wiki Site Puerto Ayora Commercial Site - Much More Tourist Info Toured the Charles Darwin Research Station & Museum and Land tortoise breeding project plus went to private farm to see 'wild tortoises'. More About Charles Darwin Foundation About Charles Darwin Research Station Charles Darwin Research Station - Wiki Site

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South America Plus

May 10, 2010 - Ecuador and the Galapagos

We started our time in Ecuador by flying out to the Galapagos to organize a last minute cruise. We ended up paying a little bit more than planned (everyone does in the Galapagos!) and found ourselves on a beautiful first-class sailing boat for a great week long trip. The days were spent island hopping, with island excursions everyday and lots of snorkeling. The amazing thing about the wildlife was their complete lack of fear of humans. We could walk straight up to sea lions or iguanas and would be more likely to step on them before they...

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Feb 7, 2010 - South America Two - Galapagos

THURSDAY 28/01/10 A stressful day – up at 3:30 to get ready and read any urgent emails re Peru and then to the airport. We flew to Quito with a two hour stop off at Lima. Arrived at our hotel in Quito – La Cartuja – fairly dirty, tired, hungry and thirsty. A quick shower and a trip to the Pizzeria fixed three and we had really good night sleep, the first one since left a week ago. Beers were great, tallies were $1.60 each and Jose had a couple and feeling like Quito is a really top place. Pizza was great too. FRIDAY 29/01/10 Unfortunately...

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