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Ecuador Day 11 – Galapagos and Guayacil

Ecuador Day 11 – Galapagos and Guayacil

A sad farewell to the Galapagos Islands. Said goodbye to the crew and our wonderful guide. I was going to miss El Capitan aka Louis Felipe Scholari and those tighter than tight denim shorts he insisted on wearing (well, maybe not the shorts), the fantastic food, the friendly and hard-working crew, the other tourists on […]

Ecuador Day 10 – Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Day 10 – Galapagos Islands

The penultimate breakfast, and then a dry landing at St James’ Bay in Puerto Egas. We were greeted by a harsh and rocky landscape, over which loomed a huge volcano, underneath which some crew from another boat were having a game of footy. A Galapagos hawk was watching us as we came ashore, it’s piercing […]

Ecuador Day 9 – Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Day 9 – Galapagos Islands

A rough night, the boat rocking and rolling in the swells, smashed from sadistic wave to sadistic wave as though it were a tiny piece of driftwood. The boat lurched and groaned almost as much as I did, through a long 11 rollercoaster hours. At times the boat seemed to take off and fly for […]

Ecuador Day 8 – Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Day 8 – Galapagos Islands

Woke up feeling slightly worse for wear after we’d decided to take the party up to the open deck and get stuck into cuba libres the night before under a cloudy yet glorious Galapagos sky. I realised once more how much less well I can feel after a few beers, and thought of the highs […]

Ecuador Day 7 – Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Day 7 – Galapagos Islands

I felt refreshed again when I woke up, and thought how nice the day can be when not partly covered by the cloud of alcohol from the night before. This trip, with its lack of booze, early nights, early starts, 3 square meals a day, activities, sun, and lots and lots of tea was detoxing […]

Ecuador Day 6 – Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Day 6 – Galapagos Islands

Woke at 6 bright and early in the little cabin and looked out of the tiny window to see a new, lunar-like landscape and a big volcano looming in front. We’d been travelling again through the night, and we were now at Isla Santiago, the fourth largest island in the Galapagos. I headed up to […]

Ecuador Day 5 – Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Day 5 – Galapagos Islands

Today was my first full day in Galapagos. I woke up hot and sweaty in the cabin, for my face had been battered by cold wind all night up on deck, and, freezing, I’d retreated to my cabin. Not a good sleep then, but I was energised by a good breakfast of sausage, omelette and […]

Ecuador Day 4 – Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador Day 4 – Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos – the start of a trip I’ve wanted to do forever – and even more since I saw David Attenborough’s Planet Earth and Life. One of the last places where mankind hasn’t left a harmful footprint. A place ruled by blue-footed birds and giant tortoises, where, it is said, the animals regard human visitors […]

Ecuador Day 3 – Quito and the Centre of the World

Ecuador Day 3 – Quito and the Centre of the World

It was a warm start to the day, but I was still sweating more than normal. Not from my fevers from the days before, but because I was strolling, grim-faced and with purpose, towards Old Quito with around $1500 in cash I’d just taken out from the cashpoint in 3 separate withdrawals, most of it […]

Ecuador Day 2 – Quito

Ecuador Day 2 – Quito

I woke early and made it for breakfast. I was greeted warmly by the waiters when I spoke in Spanish, and had an omelette and toast washed down with a cup of tea, hoping it stayed down. It was a bit cloudy and chilly today, but it didn’t deter me from my plan to take […]

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