Puerto Ayora Travel Blog› entry 6 of 36 › view all entries
So we head over to the Galapagos Islands which is a 2 hour flight from Quito, from the airport you have to catch a bus, a ferry and another bus to get to the main town of Puerto Ayora. We get there and sort out some accomodation and have a feed/beer with a new friend Alan and Steph before going to try and sort out some trips. Have a look round town and the waterfront. Quite cool, even round town you see marine iguanas, pelicans and frigate birds.
The next day we met Alan and Steph for breakfast and then sorted out a 2 night trip to Isabela Island and also a day Scuba Diving trip. So we headed to Isabela that afternoon and after a 2 hour boat we got there and were taken to our Hotel and then to a tortoise sanctuary.
The next day we head back to Puerto Ayora, go for a walk out to Tortuga Bay where we see turtles in the surf, iguanas, blu footed boobies and we stand in knee deep water and get nudges by white tip sharks. Then back to town and a quiet night.
The next day is our scuba trip, we head out to North Seymour Island and do two dives. There´s quite a strong current there so you actually hold on to the rocks and watch the world go by. We see white tip sharks, sting rays, eagle rays, garden eels, turtles and lots more.
Today we head out to the airport to join our boat trip. We get met there and taken down to the port where the boat is anchored. We are all presently surprised, it´s better than we thought. There´s a total of 16 of us on board from all over, Swiss, Dutch, German, Austrian, Swedes, Aussie and USA. We get the welcome message and lunch, again nicely surprised. The next 8 days consist of :7am Breakfast, 8am beach landing and a walk around one of the various islands usually including a snorkel, 12noon lunch, 230pm again a beach landing and a walk and/or snorkel. 4/5pm back on the boat, 7pm dinner.
We see the multitude of wildlife on offer including: blue footed boobies, masked boobies, red footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls, Darwin finches, Galapoas hawks, albatross, flamingo, pelican, vermillian flycatcher, penguins, sting rays, eagle rays, white tip sharks, turtles, tortoise, sea lions and lots more.
I really recommend going there to anyone. Don´t just do the usual boat trip go over and spend a few days before or after and do some day trips. It may be a tad exspensive but to interact with the wildlife like that it´s worth it!