Its amazing what you can do in a week..
10.12.2012 - 15.12.2012 25 °C
So im back in Lima after a quick jaunt up to Ecuador to visit the Galapogos islands. I booked it completly last minute, only a few days before I left Melbourne and really only as an alternative to spending a full week in Lima. I´m so ridiculously glad that I did though - amazing is a word that is overused these days but the Galapogos truly are amazing. It was a 2 hour flight to Quito from Lima and after landing at 12.30AM I had a 1.5 hour wait in a queue in immigration eventually arriving at the hostel after 2AM only to realise my phone was MIA assumed left on the plane..FAIL! There was no sign of it at the airport when I went back the next day so im taking it as a sign from the gods that I wasn´t meant to have it on this trip. So.. after a minor sulk onwards and upwards to the Galapogos! Took a quick flight to San Cristobal airport which is one of 2 airports on the islands and there I was met by our lovely guide Roberto.
We were then taken to our beautiful catamaran the MC Anani which has a bar, sun deck, jacuzzi, lounge area ie pretty freaking posh. Got a whole room to myself complete with sculpted towels!
The food onboard was also absolutely class..pretty much 3 courses every meal, we also had a waiter who would make whatever cocktail you liked whenever you liked..flashpacking!!
Over the next few days we sailed around the islands going snorkling and for walks with Roberto explaining everything along the way. Sealions were draped over every rock in sight, loads of marine iguanas, blue footed boobies (birds), turtles, tortoises, galapogos penguins, crabs, albatros, mockingbirds..the list is endless. I never thought the day would come but I became one of those people who take 50 million photos of the same thing..its impossible not to though, you can get so close to everything and the animals act as if you aren´t even there. Many of them have no land predators so see no reason to bolt when a person is closeby.
Having a siesta
Blue footed boobies
The baby sea lions were crazy cute
My highlight was definitely swimming with the sea lions. They love to play so while we are snorkling had great craic swimming around us and having a look. I got some great video but the blog isn´t liking the format so once I figure that out ill put it up. We also went to the local ´post office´ where whaler ships used to stop and pick up letters and bring them back to Europe and vice versa. The tradition has been kept up to this day so left a letter there for home and picked up two postcards, one for Westmeath and one for Laois which I will post when I get home. Hopefully a fellow Irish will pick up mine some stage in the future and return the favour.
We got to sea the giant tortoises in the Charles Darwin centre - bleedin´massiv´ but very cute. Apparently Steven Spielberg used them as inspiration for ET
Was very sad when the trip finished as I know there is a huge amount more I didn´t get to see. However all good things must come to an end so I flew back to Quito and grabbed a cab to the hostel. I had every intention of getting an early night as I had to be up at 4.30AM for my flight back to Lima however ended up going out with a crew from the hostel and was out dancing until 2AM. I was not a pretty sight at the airport a few hours later..
Cant believe ive only been a away just over a week, crazy what you can get done! Very over airports and flights after 7 in the past week so im glad to be switching to buses!
Got to go as i´m being stared down by a retiree who wants to use the computer..I think I could take her but then again she could be studing martial arts in her spare time...
There are more pictures in the gallery section
Lots of love