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Apr 9, 2018 - April 9, 2018 – Kicker Rock, San Cristobal and Sea Lion Island, Ecuador

April 9, 2018 – Kicker Rock, San Cristobal and Sea Lion Island, Ecuador This morning started early. I mentioned before the itineraries are laid out by the National Park Service, and you have to be where they tell you to be at a certain day and time. This morning, our scheduled time around Kicker Rock was 6-8 a.m. So we were circumnavigating Kicker Rock at 6 this morning. At 7, the snorkelers left the boat to do their thing. There were lots of sea turtles popping their heads out of the water as well as a few shark fins showing. Kicker Rock...

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Apr 9, 2018 - Turtle Breeding Center, Kicker Rock

After breakfast, we disembarked at the port and took a bus up to the Jacinto Gordillo Turtle Breeding Center. It was feeding day so we saw many workers head off into the trails with greenery when we got there. Before walking the trail, we saw all the cages/pens where the little ones are kept under wire. At night a mesh wire frame is lowered to keep predators out! I must admit I didn't listen very well to what the predators are - I was watching the big turtles meander around the grounds. After that, we walked the trail, finding birds and...

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Jan 21, 2017 - The Galapagos Jan 14-21

GALAPAGOS JAN. 14-21, 2017 What an incredible experience we had touring the Eastern Galapagos Isands of San Cristobel, Bartholomew, Santiago, Espanola, and Floreana. Each island is unique and has its own ecosystem of select plants and animals. The Galapagos are simply magical and we will return. We were on a beautiful 24-metre catamaran with 8 guest cabins, sleeping 16 people maximum – and no internet OMG!!! There were only 7 couples on board with us – a mix from Germany, England, USA, Switzerland and Canada. All great people and most...

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May 26, 2014 - Classic Journeys San Cristobal

Classic Journeys San Cristobal (May 25) At the Quito airport, we went through the special Galapagos gate, guided by our Classic Journeys representative. Ellen and Rashelle were our traveling companions on this leg of the trip that would stop in the costal city of Guayaquil before heading west to the fabled islands. Four more Classic Journeys travelers (Terri, Nathalie, Jean and Gary) boarded on our quick stop. Our first Island on our land based tour is San Cristobal staying at the Casa Opuntia Hotel. San Cristobal is the easternmost and...

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May 15, 2014 - Galapagos Islands (San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo and Pitt Point)

Thursday 15th May 2014 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo and Pitt Point) We were woken up at 7:00am by an announcement in our cabin and went up to breakfast at 7:30am, followed by our first excursion out to a large rock where there were many birds nesting including pelicans, the Nazca Booby, Red Footed Boobies, together with sea lions frolicking near the boat. We then went to Cerro Brujo and landed on a white sandy beach. We walked along the beach with our guide explaining details of the species we saw there. There...

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May 14, 2014 - Quito, Ecuador to Galapagos Islands

Wednesday 14th May 2014 Quito to Galapagos Islands, Ecuador We had to be up early today as we were being picked up from our hotel at 6:40am, so we had breakfast when the restaurant opened at 6:00am. Our airport pickup arrived at 6:50am and we were transported about 45 minutes to the airport and checked in our luggage for the flight. The flight goes from Quito via Guayaquil to San Cristobal and we left at 10:15am. On our flight were 50 very excited and excitable school children who (we found out) were going on an excursion to Galapagos. It...

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Mar 9, 2014 - Galapagos Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrived at the airport bussed to the pier. Here we got on a PANGA to our boat M/Y Eric. Jose and Reni are our naturalist guides. After a briefing on the rules, room assignments and safety drill we left for deep water snorkeling. The water was cloudy so poor visibility but saw a few fish and a barracuda. Dinner was a choice of octopus or beef...guess what we had? Dessert was lava cake. There are 18 passengers; 1 Australian, a couple from England, a couple from Canada, a family of 3 from Colorado, 2couples from Oregon, a couple from NYC, a...

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The 7th Continent

Nov 20, 2013 - Final thoughts on our South American Trip

Final thoughts on our South America trip From Lois (and John): We have now been home for a couple of days, and have had the chance to think about our overall impressions on this recent trip. Before we planned this trip, we were concerned about possible crime in the cities we were visiting. In fact, we felt very safe in Lima, Cusco and Quito, as well as in the smaller communities we visited. There was lots of police presence, and the locals were both polite and helpful. Everyone appreciated my attempts to communicate in Spanish. South...

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Nov 17, 2013 - Cruising the Galapagos Islands

Nov. 10 -17 Cruise in Galapagos Islands This is Lois writing on Wednesday afternoon; we won't be able to post this until we return to Quito on Sunday evening, just for an overnight before we fly back to the States. On Sunday morning Nov. 10, we flew from Quito to the Galapagos airport on the island of San Cristobal. Our boat is called the Eric and there are 10 guest cabins, but we have only 11 guests, so there is lots of room on the ship. There are three other married couples besides us – two from the Toronto area, and one from Seattle....

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Peru _Ecuador_2013

Feb 18, 2013 - Galapagos

Poniedzialek, 18 luty - Galapagos Dzis, po sniadaniu, robimy 'wet landing' w malej zatoczce o nazwie Punto Pitt. Ale zanim tam cumujemy objezdzamy pontonem mala skalista wysepke na ktorej maja gniazda duze ilosci ptakow. Chmary ptakow nieuustannie kraza nad wyspa a cale jej skaliste wybrzeze zamieszkuja stada 'sea lions'. Wszystko to daje niesamowite wrazenie tej tetniacej zyciem malej wystajacej z morza skale. Potem cumujemy na malej zatoce glownej wyspy (San Cristobar) i stad rozpoczynamy wspinaczke na Cerro Pitt. Droga prowadzi wzdluz...

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Feb 17, 2013 - Galapagos

Niedziela, 17 luty - Galapagos Dzis po sniadaniu 'dry landing' na Isla Plaza polozonej na wschod od Santa Cruz. Ta mala wysepka ma dosc ciekawy mikroklimat z drzewami kaktusowymi na jednej jej stronie i zupelnie inna flora na drugiej. Po wycieczce, nasz statek kieruje sie w strone wschodnia na malownicza plaze Cerro Brujo polozona na zachodniej stronie wyspy San Cristobal. Jest to dosc daleko i doplywamy tam juz po 3 po poludniu. Ale nie tylko biala plaza jest celem wycieczki. Cerro Brujo to niesamowite formacje wulkaniczne wznoszace sie z...

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Feb 9, 2013 - Sharks and lots of rain

Feb 9, Saturday; I awoke at 5 am to the sound of engines starting as the boat moved to Kicker Rock. After 4 cups of coffee which the wonderful crew always has ready, we headed out in the light rain to go snorkelling. Some stayed in bed. Others stayed on the pangas and a few of us braved the shark infested water. We weren't disappointed! We saw an amazing number of fish, some plankton that glows blue in the dim light, a few sea turtles and MANY sharks. I even got some decent video. We laughed at poor Clare who, after seeing how many sharks...

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