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The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-11
Galapagos - The Adventure Continues;
                         Beautiful Wildlife with no Fear of People;
                                                                  And A Great Group of Travelers
This week we feature the second of the two part series by Live Well Ecuador Traveler, Glenn Ebersole.  Glenn had a flexible schedule and because of that we were able to help his dream of a Galapagos Island adventure come true at a reasonable price.  But let's let Glenn continue his exciting story. 
by Glenn Ebersole

Galapagos Islands - The Adventure Continues

Day 3 - Espanola Island


This was my favorite island.  Beautiful marine iguanas, adorable sea lions and all three varieties of boobies were at the landing to greet us, so it appeared.  The walking is over large uneven lava rock.  Be sure to practice your sure footed drills it may help maneuver the rough terrain.  The muscles and joints of this elder statesman were put to task but the rewards were worth it from the beautiful pictures and memories to boot.  Each turn in the path produced scenery of cacti, cover vegetation, lizards, iguana, sea lions, boobies, hawks, and frigate birds that one would imagine hard to surpass anywhere in the world.  I was amazed that none of the animals were freighted by our presence.  They just went on about their business as if we were not there.  At times they would be on the walking paths and were would carefully walk around them.


After the walk there was more snorkeling, but it not as fruitful as yesterday.  It was a good swim for those who indulged to swim from the beach to the protruding lava rock around it and back.  I preferred to watch this one from the beach.














Day 4 - Santa Fe Island


It is time to relax and be among our animal friends.  We are greeted on the beautiful white sand beach with hundreds of sea lions sunbathing or feeding their young.  Then we walked on the island to see the land iguana and to hear from our guide why they differ from the marine iguana.  We saw beautiful lava cliffs with nesting boobies and the large frigate birds flying overhead with the waves beating on the rocks below.


For the afternoon we moved to another beach location on the island where more snorkeling, bathing or walking on the beach among hundreds of our sea lion friends.





Sea Lions Everywhere













End of Voyage


The last night onboard was celebrated with a farewell toast with the captain and crew and our last dinner together.  The chef baked and decorated a special cake for the occasion. 


By this time the passengers had mixed quite well and gotten to know about each other.  All spoke English but for many it was not their first language.  The group was from Sweden, Holland, Germany, Peru, Canada, England, and USA.  Different genders, ages and stages in life made the interest and conversation more compelling.  Most flew back to Quito, Ecuador and stayed in their booked hotel for the night before going to their next destination.


An International Group - A Great Group of Travelers


Me and My Roomey






In my final analysis it was both time and money well spent.  The people who planned my tour and those who executed it could not have done better, for which I am very grateful.



Glen - Thank You

What a great trip - what a great Chronicle!  And I am happy that Live Well Ecuador was able to play a part in making the arrangements.  Thank you so much for sharing your story with LWE readers.


As we pointed out in last week's Chronicle, often the best deals for the Galapagos are last minute deals.  So, if you have a flexible schedule it may be best to wait until you arrive in Ecuador to book the Galapagos.  We can often find a really good deal like we did for Glenn.


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