Sunday, February 03, 2008

Ecuador 2008 Part 4 - Galapagos

We just got back from a 7 night boat cruise around the Galapagos islands. This was the first "organized" trip that we´ve gone on and we were a bit concerned about what kind of group we´d be stuck with, and whether it would be organized to our liking. But it´s really the only way to see Galapagos so we took a chance. Thankfully it turned out really well. We had a great group of mostly like minded people and our guides and boat crew were excellent. It´s been very hot - hiking on bare lava in the glaring sun is enough to roast even a heat loving person. Of course, I doubt we´ll get much sympathy from those of you left at home in the Saskatchewan winter!

We´ll add more detail and photos when we get a chance, but I will say that we were definitely not disappointed. Despite the problems it has had, Galapagos is still an amazing place. Where else do you have marine iguanas, great blue herons, blue footed boobies (yes, that´s a real bird), and sea lions sharing the deck of your hotel, and that´s in town! We saw an incredible variety of birds, reptiles, fish, etc. The snorkeling was great - a "bad" snorkel might only include sting rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and a zillion tropical fish.

Nonetheless, we are glad to be off the boat. The weather was good and the water was relatively calm, but we both were vaguely sea sick quite a bit. Two nights I had to skip supper because I was on the verge of losing my lunch. And the worst part is that reading is pretty much out of the question, which led to serious withdrawal on both our parts!

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