28.01.2008 - 10.02.2009
Our time in Equador has been Unique. Like no other place on earth ( from what we´ve experianced so far!). Landing in Quito after getting acclimatised to the altitude we explored New Town, Old Town, and the TeleferiQo (a 2.5k ride on a sky tram almost to the craggy summit of volcan Pichincha 4800m.) Both Old Town and New Town with vast contrasts in tradition and its architecture. Old Town a most enchanting place stooped in tradition was favourite, and housed one of the most amazing buildings i have ever been in, the Basilica Del Voto National. A beautiful Cathedral with the most uplifting atmosphere caused by the bland marble and roit of colours in the stained glass, the architecture grand - quite a humbling place to be.
Well that was just the beggining of a treat to come - The Galapogos. If you ever have the opportunity to come to this place we can truly say it is a magical place. From the brilliant to bizarre! We stayed on 4 islands, San Christabol, Floreana, Isabella, and Santa Cruz amongst visiting many other smaller islands for a few hours.
There is just so much to tell you about this place I dont know where to start...
After sitting here for a few minutes in a dream thinking back, i decided to start with one of our favourite places, an 8 hour round hike to the summit of a volcano on Isabella and its lava fields. The volcano only erupted last year and Pablo our guide whittnessed this phenomena. His passionate description of the 9x11km basin eruption was encapturing. We learnt so much on this hike and the terrian of the lava fields was totally alien to us. The immense heat from the sun was being drawn towards us and retained by the dry, black, bare rock. In areas it was just like walking on broken bits of fired terracotta, or clinkers from an open fire. Pablo showed us how all the different formations were created, from lava rivers, explosions, tunnells, lavafalls, wind, crusts cooling ontop of others, sulphur steam etc. The wierd thing you could still feel pockets of hot air and moisture comming out of some crevises where it is still active. Amazingly there were signs of life starting to emerge on this baran area, ferns forming, and lava lizzards scuttling from place to place.
The snorkeling in the Galapogos was a first for us both and this was so exciting. We kept on laughing at eachother-not the best thing to do with your head underwater trying to breathe through a tube, a few mouthfulls of salty sea water later we was enjoyiong the treasures of the marine life. Abundant with sealions, numerous fish, marine iguanas, rays, starfish, and sharks! Unforgettable and quite scary initially.
Other things the Galapogos had to offer us was the Tourtise sancturarys, Lonesome George a hero! these graceful characters a pleasure to sit and watch for hours. A thrilling downhill bike ride avoiding the potholes whilst admiring the scenery with its different contrasting plateus. Oh, the birds- blue footed boobies, frigates, galapogops penguins very cute and too many more to mention. Kayacking to see turtles, rays and lots of sharks taking their daily rest. Abundant wildlife, marine life, bird life, and unique scenery. And if you dont visit the Galapogos to see all this (but why wouldnt you!) visit it for it beaches, these are a paradise on earth, the prettiest we have ever whittnessed. Got to be seen to be believed!
Everything we expected and more.
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More photos on the way,Promise!