Galapagos – the must-do when you are in Ecuador, the evolutionary theory face to face, iguanas looking like little dinosaurs and sealions as playmates – a so called unique place on earth. I wanted to see for myself, about what exactly everyone was talking.
So my roomie and I fell the decision. We will do it – invest part of our savings for a Galapagos adventure.
The plan was the following: 3 days on Santa Cruz and a 5 day cruise as the highlight. For us the perfect mix!
Part 1: Magi and Sabrina on tour – 8 days in paradise.
The day finally arrived! My alarm clock showed no mercy and rang at 02:30am. Like two zombies we packed our last stuff into our backpacks and climbed into the car. Our roommate was so nice to drive us to the airport.
At the airport she starred at my luggage in disbelief: “That’s all you are taking?!” I looked at my former school backpack and my shoulder back as my hand luggage. Too tired to explain that you don’t need much, I just murmured “Uhm yeees?”(Really you don’t need much, half of the time you are in a swimsuit either for swimming, for relaxing on the beach or for snorkeling).
Change of scene (flight to Guayaquil): Magi and I were starring out of the window. The beautiful snowcapped volcanoes rose out of the clouds and gave us a sight to behold. Enlightened by the upcoming sun, it was just a beautiful scenery. We landed shortly after for our stopover in Guayaquil, before we continued to Baltra, the “airport island” of the Galapagos archipelago. Happily eating our snacks (including chifles, which are mandatory here!) we landed on the island and were greeted by an iguana which was lazing around near the landing runway. Welcome to Galapagos.
A stiff breeze welcomed us, as we left the airport (feels like home in Germany J).
The final destination for today: Puerto Ayora, the harbor city, in the south of Santa Cruz. We found a nice little hotel, checked in and started to discover the city: Everything was enlightened, tourists were strolling around the souvenirs shops and the restaurants and the climate was just awesome. At the pier, we were welcomed by a big fluffy Brown Pelican, which was sitting on the railing of the pier. Picturetime – from the front, from the side, with open wings – he showed me his best sides.
In the meantime Magi waved at me from down the pier. I hurried to her. “What is it?” “Look down!!” I looked into the water: babysharks…dozens of cute little babysharks were swimming around and golden rays as well. I couldn’t believe it! This was the perfect beginning for our journey and we were both very excited what was going to wait for us the next days.0