Floreana

Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
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Trip End Jun 05, 2009


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Flag of Ecuador  , Galapagos Islands,
Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thursday - another boat trip.  Just as well I like boats and donīt get sea sick!  Poor Lucy wasn't feeling well enough so I was tasked with enjoying the trip and taking as many photos as possible.

It wasn't a particularly nice day and it's fair to say the boat ride (3.5 hours) was a bit choppy.  I was also perching on one side so couldn't avoid the numerous people who didn't have very good sea legs. Anyhow, we eventually made it to Floreana, where we disembarked and headed up into the highlands on a bus. The scenery was a little different to Isabela, but not dissimilar.  We then followed a path up to the tortoise sanctuary - there's about 80 tortoises on Floreana - they are far shyer than the Isabela ones, but once they got used to us, one or two were a bit more inquisitive.

We continued walking up through farm land and to a rocky area with fantastic views across the bay.  This was the spot where pirates used to hide away ... there's various nooks and crannies where they used to hide stuff and a strange labyrinth of rocks.  It was a most peculiar natural phenomenon.

We headed back to the boat and went to the snorkeling spot.  It wasnīt the most inviting water - the sky was still grey and the sea was a bit choppy, but a plunged myself into the water (it wasnīt elegant) and swam my way round the edge of  - I did see some fairly fantastic things (but itīs a while back so I canīt recall specifically) but I was more concerned about not getting smashed against the rocks with the current. But it has come back to me that just as I was returning to the boat I did see an octopus...which is quite cool.
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