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May 3, 2015 - May 3rd Guayaquil

Now Sunday night, we've transferred from our salubrious Hilton to the Casa de Romero in downtown Guayaquil .I was a tad concerned when our cab driver pulled up out the front and pointed to a massive barred door. We looked closer and sure enough, there was their tiny sign on the wall. Rang the bell and the lady came down and let us in. The hotel is 7 rooms on one level. ...7. We have a key to the room and one for the gate. Almost like prison except we're keeping people out. I must admit, it's marginally better than the Manso, except for the...

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May 3, 2015 - About the ship

The Endeavor was built 50 years ago as a fishing trawler. It's still "old" outside but quite a lavish fitout internally. 72 crew, 6 of which are naturalists who take the groups on the expeditions. There's 96 passenger beds in about 40 cabins, ours was probably the basic cabin, there are bigger ones for the rich and famous. 2 8 cyl diesels for propulsion and 3 Cummins diesels for driving the generators. It can produce 16000 gallons of water per day. ..more than enough. There's a gym, sauna, library, computer room (where no one can afford...

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May 3, 2015 - About Galapagos

Galapagos appeared from lava eruptions, there are 13 large islands, 6 smaller ones and about 40 "rocks". The archipelago is a living museum where the animals are free and fearless. When snorkeling sea lions will swim right up to you and look you right in the eye and then do a couple of back somersaults as if to say "look what I can do " Galapagos is home to an incredibly high rate of endemic species. It's easy to see the attraction here. Apart from the 4 inhabited islands the rest are pristine and unique. The animals and birds are mostly...

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May 3, 2015 - Galapagos 6

Wednesday 29th April. ....today we've arrived at Daphne Major and Guy Fawkes on the north west of Santa Cruz Island. Into the zodiacs and a dry landing (some are wet) for a walk through giant cactus and incense tree forests to reach Dragon Hill the habitat of the land Iguanas. These can grom to about 4ft and, as opposed to the marine Iguw, live on land eating mostly flowers from the cactus. The marine Iguana which we see on most of the beaches dive into the sea to eat algae from rocks under water. Another fascinating exploration with one...

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May 3, 2015 - A little more

Just a quick one. ..because one of my pics in the last entry was wrong. It's late morning here on Sunday. ..we have a 3pm check out from the Hilton so making the most of it. The blog is now up to date so I can now relax. I am hoping our next hotel has a similar high speed Internet. ...certainly makes blogging on my phone relatively easy By the way....Nev....your short jokes are not getting any better Terris by the pool. ..probably getting a capo from some handsome young Ecuadorian.

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May 3, 2015 - Galapagos 8

Friday 1st May We sailed all night to get to our last destination, the spectacular island of Genovesa where we sailed right into the huge submerged caldera of this dormant volcano. We are now in Darwin Bay. The water is 200 metres deep in places. ...we're anchored in 70 metres. Now I can say I've snorkeled in a volcano. 1st up we're taken to a set of steps about 90 feet high (yanks still not into the metric system ) which was quite a difficult climb...a struggle for most of us. At the top is a walk of about 2 miles, some bush and mostly...

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May 3, 2015 - Galapagos 9

Saturday 2nd May All go to prepare to disembark. Again we've sailed all night to get down to Baltra where we catch the plane back to Guayaquil. Breakfast was early, not sure why. ...seems they want us out of here. Our plane doesn't leave until 11am. Still highly organized. ...all aircraft check in luggage was collected at 6.30am and taken to the airport by zodiac. ...and believe me some of these people have lots of huge cases. We have no check in stuff, only our small carry on bags. We start boarding zodiacs about 8.15 and wave goodbye to...

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May 3, 2015 - Galapagos 7

Thursday 30th April Today we enjoyed a pre breakfast zodiac ride to Bartolome, a volcanic islet off the east coast of a large island named Santiago. Bartolome is a "new" island, about 250,000 years old and almost totally devoid of vegetation. A volcanic moonscape of rust coloured spatter cones....it looks like the lava stopped flowing yesterday. A man made boardwalk and steps (376 of 'em) has been constructed to prevent erosion and make it easy to reach the top. Difficult for me to describe the feeling here. ...trying to imagine this...

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May 2, 2015 - Galapagos 3

Sunday April 26th. ....photo uploading is slow so I'm only adding a few per update. The ship has moved during the night from San Christobel down to Espanol Island where we're embarking for our1st excursion for the day. Snorkeling is 1st on the agenda. ..everyone is given a wetsuit and a open mesh shoulder bag with flippers mask and snorkel. Everything is done from the zodiacs. We're taken to the area for snorkeling and just jump in. The water is about 3 metres deep and crystal clear. The fish life is amazing and abundant. Could have done...

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May 2, 2015 - Galapagos 2

Saturday April 25th. ...early start, superb breakfast at the Hilton, would have loved to have stayed a bit longer but needed to keep moving. Actually got my 1st soy capo since Sydney airport. Our bags were picked up at 5.30 and everyone is gathering in the lobby. At this stage we could be the only Aussies. ..yankee accents everywhere. All aboard 3 buses about 7ish for a short ride to the airport. Must say, these Linblad people are well organized. A plane ride of about 1.5 hours and we're landing in San Christobel, one of 4 (out of 12)...

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May 2, 2015 - Galapagos 5

Tuesday 28th April I wish I could add more pics....I've got dozens to choose from but it's taking forever to download them. I guess back home I can email them to anyone interested. We're getting into our ship routine now....starting to find our way around. There's 85 yanks and 8 Aussies. ..so outnumbered somewhat. ..none of 'em get our jokes. Today we wake up to Santa Cruz Island and the town of Puerto Ayora. ...about 18000 people, surviving on agriculture, tourism and some mining. We have the whole day here visiting the Charles Darwin...

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May 2, 2015 - Galapagos 4

The ship has moved again during the night. ..we're now at Floreana Island. ...worth a Google to read about its colourful history. A 6am wake up call for a pre breakfast outing to the island for a short walk to a lagoon where a number of pink flamingos were grazing in the shallow water. Quite an impressive sifht and , as usual, we had a guide to keep us informed about all things flamingo. After breakfast it's more snorkeling. ..another option for the fitter people is kayaking. ...the ship has 8 double kayaks and these are towed to...

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