The Untouched Paradise
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
18Trip End May 16, 2011
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On Monday we took a flight that left at 10 am from the airport and after a 2 hour direct flight we were in the Galápagos
The next day we went on a big boat to North Seymour island
On Wednesday we headed to explore Santa Cruz a little bit. After breakfast at hotel we headed to a farm in the highlands of the island about 30 minutes from the coast. First we went to see giant wild tortoises. We were also able to crawl into a turtle shell and feel like what it was to be a turtle. The shell weighed enough in itself. It is easy to see why the tortoises move so slowly. We also saw the oldest tortoise that currently resides on the island. He was literally massive and over 120 years old. We also saw a bunch of other tortoises basically eating and moving very slowly. After seeing these turtles we headed to volcanic lava tubes under ground. These are amazing huge tubes carved out by lava that slowly formed as the lava disappears. They aren't located in many parts of the world and they are very interesting formations. After the lava tubes and lunch we headed to Turtle Bay. This was a pristine beach with the softest and whitest sand I had even seen in my life. The beach really was pristine with almost no one there and crystal clear water. We saw a lot of marine iguanas here as well as pelicans. We swam in an isolated part of the cove where there were no waves and we saw a small ray
On Thursday we headed to Floreana Island which is about a 2 hour speed boat ride to the south. I got to sit on the top of the boat and enjoy the scenery. The boat ride was amazing enough again. You could see Santa Cruz disappearing and Floreana approaching in the distance. On Floreana we took a chiva all the way up to the highlands. There we saw even more giant turtles. They were all eating the food that they had been given. We also saw the differences in the plant life in the highlands and the low lands. In the highlands the plants are a lot more dense and there are a lot more trees. There are also a lot of introduced plant species such as bananas and other plants. The German Wittmier family was one of the first people to inhabit the island and they cultivated a lot of the plants there. In fact they still live there today and have a hotel on black beach. Many of their first homes were formed on the rocks. You can still see the remains of where they lived before be it holes in the rocks or a small cave. The Galapagos has a lot of very interesting history worth investigating. The guides told us of pirates and many of the first inhabitants of the island which made for really interesting stories
Galápagos. The clarity of the water made the snorkeling worth it in itself. We also saw the famous blue footed boobies and even penguins. They were awesome. Finally we headed back to Santa Cruz and ended a great day. We also ate some amazing shrimp that night to top it off.
On Friday we had somewhat of a short day because of an 11 am flight but we still managed to see the gemelos which is two large craters that were formed by sink holes. They really were massive and formed by volcanic activity like the islands themselves. A few of the islands are still volcanically active and as you walk on the islands you can see the volcanic rock that was formed by volcanoes everywhere. The craters were a really amazing formation and there was also a lot of amazing plant life. The
Galápagos even has a poisonous tree which if you touch for too long you will get a rash
Galápagos was amazing and it was really terrible to have to leave but eventually we had. We headed back on the flight through Guyaquil and headed back to Quito.
Galápagos were an out of this world experience. I have never experienced something like that in my life. It really is a different world. The Ecuadorian government are actually doing a pretty good job protecting it. You are only allowed to stay on the marked trail and you always have to be with a guide. You also cannot touch the animals or use flash on your camera. All our guides were really amazing especially our guide Marloyn who was our guide when were in Santa Cruz. We met him every night to discuss what we would do the next day. He was a really nice guy and told and showed us a lot we would never have known. He picked us up and dropped us off at the airport too. The people of the Galápagos are really nice too and it is a totally safe place. The fisherman even had a seal that was almost a pet to protect their catch from the pelicans. The
Galápagos is really an out of this world destination and it really makes you appreciate the world we live. Many of its inhabitants are found only there and they really are spectacular. It is a bit of a pricey trip but it is more than worth it. Just being on Seymour Island with all the wildlife was worth it. It is a place everybody should experience. Please enjoy my photos. There are a lot but they are some of the best I have ever taken. All for now.