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Jun 6, 2010 - Isabella Is., Puerto Villamil

Last day...Black Turtle Cove: Wht tip reef sharks, mottled ray, sting ray, Pacific green turtle, golden ray, boobies, lava heron, pelicans & black terns. We said a fond farewell to all... the trip was fantastic mostly due to the good company and crew. Of course, seeing lots of critters was accomplished and learning much more about the history and development of Galapagos certainly made the time fly by. I find it most interesting that we come to enjoy these unique places and in doing so cause their ultimate destruction. Not only by bringing...

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Jun 13, 2009 - Galapagos

“And now the Pengüinos, the penguins“, the guide announces. That’s us, we are the last of the 7 groups into which the 90 odd passengers of this cruise are divided and not a bad group at all. There are Nick and Ann, late fifties, early sixties, as English as they come, with their daughter Laura (19 years old, a student at St Andrews University and about to do one week of ecological volunteer work on a boat in the Peruvian jungle - that's the reason why they are out here at all); Debbie, mid forties from Los Angeles and a musical composer and...

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Mar 4, 2008 - GALAPAGOS!!! (Isabela Island)

Puerto Villamil, on Isabela, is very different to Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: it's much smaller, and the streets are mostly covered with sand. A very long white sand beach stretches out of the town to one side towards the wetlands, and we stayed in a hostel near there for our first couple of nights. The town is very relaxed and peaceful, with few tourists (not many of the boats come out this way) and lots of large marine iguanas along the coast (they're larger on Isabela because of the abundance of food for them here). It's...

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May 29, 2007 - Ecuador - Galápagos - Isla Isabela

¡Hola! This place is simply too amazing to be described, so we won't attempt to do it. We'll just hang 79 pictures and hope they give you an approximate idea of the wonders we are witnessing. Besides the actual beauty of the place, we can say that we've spent some beautiful days in Isla Isabela in a camping site managed by the most charming of families (Erica, Adolfo, Nancy, Milton, Génesis & little Frickson Sneider). We also enjoyed the company of Rómulo (Brazilian), Or (Israeli), Aline and Andrew (Swiss) very much. We've only been away...

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Ecuador

Dec 25, 2006 - An almost white (sand beach) Christmas

Before breakfast today, Kathy distributed all the stockings, including the one for Billy and Carlos. Kathy had brought elaborate ones for all of the Canadian group. Billy then took over pointing out the stockings to the other crew as they passed through on their morning tasks. By breakfast time nearly everyone including Billy and Carlos were in Santa hats or Reindeer antlers. Warren, who happens to be Jewish, was quite fetching as a reindeer! It was definitely different from most Decembers, but seemed festive none-the-less. Today we took...

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Sep 29, 2006 - Unsere Trauminsel

Isla Isabela Mit einem kleinem Boot fahren wir 2 Stunden uebers Meer zur naechsten Insel Isabela. Mit uns sind noch 2 andere Deutsche und das wars fuer diesen Tag an Touristen fuer die Insel. Isabela ist der wahrgewordene Traum vom Inselparadies- die Zeit ist hier definitiv irgendwann mal stehen geblieben. Wir checken in einem kleinem gemuetlichen Hotel ein ( 5 US die Nacht ). Der Strand ist endlos lang und natuerlich sind wir wieder allein da-ausser die unzaehligen handzahmen Tiere "stoert" uns niemand. Sofort traeumen wir davon uns fuer...

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Patrick on the road

Aug 14, 2006 - Ecuador: Galapagos, Isla Isabela

Hotel: San Vincente..I came on an organized tour for 100.00 for 2 nights, meals, and tours to the Tortoise Breeding Center, to see flamingos, a horse back riding tour of Serro Negro and snorkeling. They were booked so Antonio set up his tent for me the first night, the second night I had a nice room so I stayed for a third. Highlights: Sierra Negra volcano, Volcano Chico, Las Tintoreras, Concha de Perla, The Giant Tortoise Breeding center.

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Jul 24, 2006 - Galapagos -- Our ship, The Beagle

We arrived to The Beagle on a beautiful, sunny day. The air temperature was about 80 degrees, and we were all very excited to board our ship! The Beagle is a truly wonderful ship, an 105 foot, steel-hulled sailboat. The Beagle has three decks. The main deck is where all the outdoor meals are served, as well as walk-around side decks and a large front-deck at the bow. The deck below is a large living room with a library of Galapagos naturalist books and many games to play. The lowest deck hold eight guest cabins. All have a double bed and an...

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Jul 19, 2006 - Isabela Island: Breeding center

As we were getting on the plane we were laughing that it looked like a cardboard box. This was the first time we were on a plane this small and naturally we were a little nervous. The whole time Charity was looking for ways to escape if the plane crashed and how she could save her IPOD and camera at the same time. Jenn was just enjoying the view as she had the best seat on the palne besides the pilot. She was in the seat behind the copilot seat, but there was no copilot! The flight and landing were very smooth. When we arrived at the...

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Jun 18, 2006 - Island Isabela

After finishing our boat trip Murray and I decided we had not quite finished with the Galapagos Islands so we took a ferry (a very rough ferry) ride to the largest island in the group which we had not visited called Island Isabela. We spent two full days here visiting a Tortoise breeding centre and the Wall of Tears (a wall built by penal colony prisioner in 1936 to 1959 when they eventually escaped on a tourist boat) one day and the main mountain on the island called Sierra Negro (1490m) which erupted last year in November. The mountain...

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Jul 27, 2005 - Isla Isabella : Bahía Villamil

IN ENGLISH BELOW Nous avons passe 2 ou 3 heures a se relaxer dans le village, on l'avait bien merite ! Rush sur les glaces Magnum ;-) Promenade le long de la plage, des iguanes marins sur les docks un peu craintifs. On voit qu`ici habitent des humains, qu`il y a des chiens errants et des gosses pour emmerder les iguanes, des chats pour bouffer les oisillons, des vaches, des chevres, et tout ce que l`homme a ammene et qui ne devrait pas y etre... Oui je sais le touriste n`est pas non plus endemique mais ca c`est l`eternel debat, vu que sans...

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Apr 23, 2005 - Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands, Galapagos

23.04 (DM) The mission today was to organise ourselves quickly and get a boat to the largest island in the archipelago called Isabela. We had heard so many great stories of this place and were keen to get there ASAP. After buying our tickets on a speedboat taxi we quickly made our way to the bank to get cash. This is where we hit a snag. There is only one bank in Pto Ayora and its ATM only accepts Mastercard. We of course have VISA. This normally isn't an issue as you just need to go inside the bank with your passport and get a cash...

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