Walking in wet boxes

Next I was heading to Peru. I had agreed with my boss, who was travelling for business, that we would meet in Lima on the 24th of October. So I had about 10 days to make it to the capital of my next country. But before crossing the border, I made one additional stop in…

The lion’s hidden treasures

The next morning was again an early one. I was beginning to get used to it. I had probably woken up before 6.30 a.m. way more often in the last 10 days than I had over the last 3 years. One gets used to it. And, if I dare say, one also learns to enjoy…

Tears in heaven

As explained previously, the Galapagos have been formed by intense volcanic activity. Some volcanoes are extinguished while others recently still had eruptions, as is the case of the Sierra Negra volcano, which we got to admire during a 6 hours’ trekking on Isabela. Its last eruption was in 2005; and with a diameter of 11…

No words can describe…

The second excursion, on the contrary, managed to blow my mind again. The place called “the tunnels” is also a natural structure made by volcanic rock but here, it formed bridges and pools. The vegetation mainly consists of cactuses with quite a surrealistic landscape as a result. In the pools, we could see sea lions,…

Forced shopping session in the Galapagos

Isabela is the biggest island of the Galapagos. And, as I had been told, the most beautiful one. Strangely enough, in the light of the two previous facts, it is also the least populated of the three main islands. As soon as you arrive, you can go swimming in the harbour with sea lions, penguins,……

Under the sea

Departure for the diving discovery was at 7.00 and the journey to the diving place, Floreana Island, took about two hours. As the sea was rather agitated, it was kind of a bumpy ride. While on San Cristobal, Danny had told me about the events – “saga” is probably best suited – that took place…

Discriminated

Next day, I was off to Santa Cruz, the main island of the Galapagos. Or let’s say the one the most tourists arrive at and stay on. Probably because, of the three main islands, it is the one in the middle, offering easy access to the two other ones. From Santa Cruz, it takes about…

I love boobies!

The second day, I visited other places on the island of San Cristobal, also in Danny’s company. I could have done them on my own but, that way, it was easier, I got more information and nice chats. We went to visit the gigantic earth turtles, did some more snorkeling – and I learned how…

An ostrich in the Pacific Ocean

A friend living in Spain had told me about a French lady, who had participated in the same exchange programme as we in Valencia and now had her own tourism agency on San Cristobal, one of the main islands on the Galapagos and the one I had landed on. So my goal when I woke…

A day at the airport

The easiest way to get to the Galapagos islands is to fly from Guayaquil. So that’s where my bus was taking me. But I didn’t even spend a night in the city. My bus arrived at 5.00 and the plane was leaving at 10.00. The timing was just perfect. The moment I got out of…