Galapagos the last 3 days – Las Tintoreras

 Day 6 – Bay Tour of Isabela (Las Tintoreras)

Today we are on a half day tour of the bay in the morning.  There is approx 16 of us on this site seeing boat.  We are touring around the bay where we see small penguins, blue footed boobies, sea lions playing.  We eventually land on a small island/land formation in the bay.  It is very hot as it is almost noon and there is no shade and the volcanic rock is pitch black.  There is a specific path you follow to tour around this formation.

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Galapagos – Day 5 – Isabela Island – Wall of Tears

Today we get up early again to move over to Isabela Island.  We say good bye to our hosts at Verde Azul and Rita.  Once again our rep from Galapagos Alternative is with us the whole way making sure we get to our boat.  As it turns out there are very few of us on the water taxi.  We have been hearing stories about how bumpy and how nauseating the ride can be.  We have been warned to stay near the engine and a window.  As it turns out we are first on the boat and are able to get a seat by a window.

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Galapagos – Day 4 – Charles Darwin Station

Today we were on our own, which means we were able to sleep in. We walk down to the Charles Darwin Station. It is not what you would expect as it is very simple with only one small museum building. The rest are different stages of nurseries for the tortoises and a couple pens for the land iguanas. In the afternoon we decide not to explore the Toruga Bay beach but to explore around the town. We are amazed at the number of marine iguanas we find in amongst the buildings on the coast. This whole town is along the coast, but it is the most marine iguanas we have seen yet.

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North Seymour Island, Bachas Beach, Galapagos – Day 3

Another early morning for us back to the Altamar for a new Island.  At least we know the boat and know the food will be good and plentiful.  Magpie is hoping for popcorn again for a snack.  Who knows….

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South Plaza Island, Galapagos…. I could get use to this.

We awake early ready to go. Breakfast is simple but we know we have snacks packed and are prepared for a so-so lunch – just in case.

Just about everything on this island involves travelling the length of the island back through the highlands which makes sleeping on the bus easy when it is early morning.

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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos – not enough time

We are staying at the Verde Azul hotel in Puerto Ayora. Very friendly family owned hotel.  Hot water – yeah!, refillable drinking water, wifi – spotty, a small pool and breakfast included with specific food for our dietary needs.

We have an hour to settle before we are being picked up for our first tour – we only arrived this afternoon – it is going to be a very long day.

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Saying Good bye to Cusco and Moving On

We have a housesit in France for August and it is time to move on…. unfortunately life throws a bump and we end up doing some last minute exploring to the Galapagos.

The planning for this trip was relatively last minute. Initially we were just going to arrive with an airbnb place booked. Due to the uncertainty with my fathers health I kept holding off.

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The Seven Explorers and horseback riding

Aku Avi

The Seven Explorers are the only maois that face towards the water.  These seven are considered the original explorer’s who found the island.  Who they actually are is not a definite.  Some say it is King Motu though no one really knows.

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Easter Island – Birdman Competition

Before the tribal wars but after the reign of the King Motu, it was decided on a yearly competition for leadership – the Birdman Journey.

Every year the  best warrior was chosen to represent his respective tribal chief. The priests, chiefs and chosen warriors would go to Orongo for the Birdman Competition – no children or women.

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The Heads of Rapa Nui – Easter Island

These heads are called Moai. They are representations of important ancestors of a tribe.

The people believed that the spirit (Mana) of the ancestor would be preserved in the Moai, as long as the eyes were there, and this would give the tribe strength and wisdom.

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