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Apr 5, 2019 - Waiting

Today was spent waiting....for the taxi to the bus station....for the bus to the ferry....for the ferry to Baltra....for the bus to the airport and for the plane to Quito. We did cross from the isla Santa Cruz....through farmland, villages...forest to hummocky dry land with cacti growing...up small mountains and down. The ferry was a short smooth crossing. Baltra, once up the bank was flat and dry. The plane ride was smooth. It was raining when we landed in Quito but by the time we had retrieved our luggage it had all but stopped. Our...

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Apr 4, 2019 - Bugs and Boats

At 5.30a we were awakened by a scream...mine....when a beetle tried to walk across my hand. It caused a little confusion as it disappeared immediately. The people next door used it as their alarm, packed, and left. This hotel, the Hotel Fiesta, is set amid lush greenery and flowers. All rooms open onto an inner courtyard with a swimming pool. It is immaculate. But we are in the end room. It has now been fumigated and scrubbed with javex. We can smell it. We are in the tropics. And there are bugs. We did go bdack to sleep. We went out in a...

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Apr 3, 2019 - Fish Markets and a Tunnel

What fun! We went first to the fish market...mainly to watch the animals. Seeing the fish was an added bonus. First there were Galapagos pelicans with their stretchy throats bobbing here, there and everywhere. Marine iguanas were underfoot...I understood they were herbivores. A lone great blue heron chased the pelicons away several times. A lone seal kept climbing nearby steps and managed to steal a fish head and attached bones...it had been fileted....out of a bag and escaped with it into the water. Frigate birds dived sneaking tidbits off...

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Apr 2, 2019 - Puerto Ayora

We were up at 4a to be at the docks to catch the ferry to Isla Santa Cruz. Smooth sailing can only describe the calm waters on our 2 hr journey. Exhausted describes our physical state. Gord went for a swim as La Fiesta has a pool. I went back to sleep...for 2 hours. In the afternoon we took a taxi to the Charles Darwin Research Center. What an interesting place! We again read all we had read on turtles...and saw lots of big turtles..including Lonesome George in his air conditioned room and Diego from the San Diego zoo. We also learned about...

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Mar 15, 2019 - Day 21

My host mom served breakfast at 7:00am. I left a bag of 6 days’ worth dirty cloth to her to take care of. The van showed up 10min to 8:00am. I had finished breakfast and was using my laptop to download some photos. I hurried to my room and grabbed my bag. After We were a few blocks away to pick up other passages, I realized that I had left my swimming suite in the bathroom. I asked the tour guide if it is OK to go back for a minute for me to retrieve my swimming suite. He said OK after we pick up other passengers. The van was full of 6...

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Mar 14, 2019 - Day 20

Woke up by someone knocking on my door. I heard my host mom said there the van is here to pick me up for Bartolome trip. I hardly awake and was confused. I was told by the travel agency that I would be picked up at 8:00am for both today and tomorrow. I jumped out of the bed, grabbed a few things and hurried downstairs. I told the driver why I was late, and he obviously did not believe me. The van picked up another 6 passengers and it was full. We drove across the island to the Itabaca channel ferry where I crossed when I flew into Baltra. A...

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Mar 13, 2019 - Day 19

Today is a rest day, not taking any day boat tours to any island but stay at Santa Cruz. It felt so good to do just whatever I like to do and at what time I please. Had a leisurely breakfast, then hired a taxi to go visit Ranchio Premicia, a private tortoise reserve that no guide is needed. It was quite far out of town. On the way we had to stop at a check point to register. I asked the driver why and he said they do not want tourists just go wherever they please on the island because most of it is national park. When we arrived, I asked...

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Mar 12, 2019 - Day 18

My alarm sounded at 5:00am. Got up and got everything ready, then went downstairs to get my breakfast. The host was up, and she served fruit juice, fruit, coffee and yogurt with Granola. I did not eat that pastry I bought yesterday. After I finished, she went outside and got a taxi for me. How nice she was! I arrived the dock by 6:25am. There were lots of people already. I saw each ship has its own booth with its name on. I could not find mine: Albany. I asked a booth staff and he told me where to wait for the captain. At around 6:45am a...

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Mar 11, 2019 - Day 17

The breakfast at la Casa Eden is from 7 to 8am. It was a full breakfast: fruit juice, fresh fruit, coffee, yogurt with granola, scrambled egg and toast. I ate as much as I could. Decided to go back to Darwin Station. Got there before most of the tourists at 8:30am. It was quite nice to have the place and trail by myself. Saw the birds I saw yesterday except Smooth-billed Ani and Warbler Finch. Later I saw from the enlarged photo that the Warbler Finch got infected by the equivalent of Foot-and mouth virus. Its foot has some large tumors. I...

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Mar 10, 2019 - Day 16

Yesterday I left Quito for Galapagos islands. The taxi driver that Rosa arranged showed up on time at 7:00am. We got to the airport by 8:00am. I went to the TAME counter directly. A staff stopped me before I lined up and asked if I have had the Galapagos card. I said no and asked what card that was and where to get it. He pointed a window nearby with a line of people and said there was special fee one must pay. I went to line up. It turns up that each person must pay $20 to enter Galapagos. I wondered why they did not charge the passenger...

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Apr 15, 2018 - April 15, 2018 – Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

April 15, 2018 – Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador This morning we did our last panga ride at 6 a.m. We went into the Black Turtle Cove mangrove estuary where we saw many spotted manta rays and at least a dozen large green sea turtles. We also saw about a dozen sharks. They were hunting their breakfast of rays. The motors were cut on the pangas, and we paddled into the midst of the mangroves. It was very quiet and peaceful. We saw both the yellow crowned heron and lava heron. We returned to the boat, had breakfast and then made a last minute...

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Apr 14, 2018 - April 14, 2018 – Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands, Ecuador

April 14, 2018 – Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands, Ecuador We had an early morning today with breakfast at 6:30, and the 1st walk on Chinese Hat at 7:30. We got out and back in before it got too hot. Some of it was pretty rough walking, but we made most of the trail. There was a 2 month old or so sea lion pup who thought each of us might be his mother. When he came toward us, we had to back up because if he touched us and gotten our scent on him, his mother would have rejected him when she came back from feeding. We saw another pup which was...

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