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Galápagos Islands, Isabella Island, Ecuador

A beach bar complete with chilled owner and Marine Iguanas, spectacular vistas, a Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, a little accident, swimming with sea lions, sea turtles and SHARKS..., 10 - 16 June

sunny 30 °C
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The inter-island water taxi ride:

- 20 passengers plus luggage
- The captain handed us our life jackets and wished us good luck!
- Lots of happy faces to start with...
- Small boat, big waves...
- 1 hour later lots of less happy faces...
- 4 people going through a large amount of the boat's sick bag supply!
- 2.5 hours later, we arrived at Puerto Villamil, Isabella Island
- Max and Amanda survived! In fact, we actually really enjoyed the journey. Thanks to sea sickness tablets and a little angel who told us to sit at the back of the boat by the motors! Sure we would get a little wet, but that was a small price to pay. We sat in the sun, saw loads of flying fish and even watched a pod of dolphins swim with the boat...

Looking forward to the return journey...

Anyway, safely on Isabella
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Thank you Amanda!

Off to our accommodation on the very edge of Isabella's National Park
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Situated ON THE BEACH: Bar de Beto
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The "Malecon", one of the main and only streets in town
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Our local beach was stunning
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We had time to rent some bikes and check out Isabella's Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre...
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and some other recommended places to see, such as the Laguna with flamingos...
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Getting directions from a fellow road-using tortoise...
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A fabulous view of the island...
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This is a male Galapagos Warbler Finch
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Amanda cycling through a tunnel of poisonous trees...
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and enjoying the sun setting as we cycle back to town along the beach
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The following day we watched the Marine Iguanas swimming in the water
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Then, while enjoying the view on Playa del Amor, Amanda decided to test the local medical care, as she slipped and cut herself badly walking over the slippery and very sharp lava rocks
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After this little hiccup, we had plenty of time to do what the locals do best...
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Not a bad way to spend your anniversary, eating Galapagos langoustine (slipper lobster) and drinking beer IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS!
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Our last day was spent on a boat trip out to Los Tuneles, semi-under water lava rock tunnels, great for watching Boobies and for snorkelling. Home to penguins, sea turtles, sea lions, sea horses, langoustines, rays, and white-tipped sharks! We got up close and personal with them all. Gliding with the turtles and swimming with the sharks was definitely a highlight.
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Another Blue-Footed Boobie dancing for the ladies
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and watching several sea turtles glide
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And here are the guys we got close to underwater...
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The next day, an early start back to Buenos Aires, via Guayaquil

Posted by ayrestours 15:59 Archived in Ecuador

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I'm blowed - that's the lot - there isn't anything missing - incredible (O-tone Chip)... Katarina liked meeting Godzilla in his natural surroundings. Are you ever coming back? Love Mum and Dad

by Chip Richardson

Just beautiful! But come back already so I can hear all about it!
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by Lenka

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