My Trips and Adventures

My Trips and Adventures

My Trips and Adventures

One day in Guayaquil
Before going to the islands, I spent a full day in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and capital commercial. As it was Sunday the shops were closed, but the museums were open, and by coincidence was the international day of museums. I spent more than 4 hours in the Parque Historico. I think she was the only foreigner, but the museum was packed with Ecuadorian families and had many opportunities to speak Spanish. One part of the museum has a reproduction of the Ecuadorian jungle with plants, animals, monkeys, and birds that looked a lot like the Peruvian jungle that I had visited. Another part had historic buildings from the 1800s and 1900s, including the home of a cocoa plantation owner. I also had several theater and music shows and it was very difficult for me to observe the participation of the families. In the afternoon, I visited the modern Malencon 2000 , the Bohemian neighborhood of Santa Ana and several museums.

The Merak Cruise The next day I flew to Baltra where I met my guide and some passengers of our sailing boat named Merak < / em>. We went in dinghy to the boat and met the other passengers and the crew: 2 Israeli men, a German couple, two Americans, a Kiwi from New Zealand who now lives in the US and me. The 4 members of the crew (guide, captain, cook and sailor) were all Ecuadorians. Our sailboat is the smallest commercial boat in the Galapagos and we did not have much space for 12 people. However, it was a friendly group and we were able to get to the islands before the big boats, so every day we were the first visitors to the various islands.

On the third day we went to Española which was, for me, the most fascinating island of all. We saw albatross pajeros courting and others taking care of their eggs. I learned that albatrosses mate for life that can last 45 years. Even more spectacular than the albatrosses was the dancing of the small blue-footed boobies. The male whistles and the female emits squawks; the male begins to dance and if the female considers it attractive, she also dances-it is beautiful and fun to witness. (See the small videos below). We also saw an impressive blow hole where the sea water hits the volcanic stones and causes a huge water foam.

My Trips and Adventures
My Trips and Adventures

On the island of Floreana we saw the old "post house" where anyone can leave a message and if the address is close to where you are going, you can share it. The old belt system! I wrote a postale letter to my family and left it in the box ... and today I received it!

We also saw a volcanic tunnel, flamingos, many crabs and iguanas, and later, in La Corona del Diablo , we did snorkeling and saw incredible fish. The last day we went to the Darwin Center where the giant turtles so well known, even Solitario George the last Turtle Paint in the world.

The Inhabited Islands of Isabela and Santa Cruz

I also spent two splendid days in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island where the volontarias work. Some 15,000 people live here and enjoyed the quiet and artistic atmosphere. I talked a lot (in Castilian, of course!) With the people in the shops and took advantage of the cafes. It was a perfect place to spend the last part of my walk in South America.

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