rencontre femme avec mail February 8th to 12th, 2011 Trip to Galapagos Islands
rencontre citation After visiting Ecuador and Peru, we flew to Baltra which was the small local military airport for getting on the cruise ship to visit all the islands. Every person had to apply for a special permit to visit Galapagos.
comparatif site de rencontre totalement gratuit Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands that originated about 10 million years ago. The islands were completely isolated from the mainland. Through all the years all the animals there have developed and adapted to the unique ecosystem of the islands. Many species have changed to be totally different from their continental ancestors. I will talk more about it later. Until recent years the animals had no exposure to humans and therefore they remain extremely tamed and had no fear of human beings.
partnersuche deutschlandsberg We got on the Celebrity Xpeditions cruise boat on Sunday, February 6th, 2011. The maximum number of people for any cruise boat was 100. Most people would go with smaller private boats which could take up to 30 people. We had to take a zodiac ride to the cruise boat. First sign at the small loading dock was sleeping seals who did not care about humans at all. We had to walk around them.
frauen kennenlernen singen After getting on the boat we had a wonderful buffet lunch followed by Expedition briefing and boat fire drill. Then we had our first outing to visit North Seymour Island which was just north of Baltra and formed through a series of uplifts of lava that was originally erupted underwater. These sporadic uplifts tool more than one million years to bring the island to its present level. We decided to take the zodiac ride along the coastline followed by a short walk along the sandy and rocky walkway. This time was a dry landing. Big amount of seals were there to receive us. We had our first look of the frigate birds. Amazing birds. Male birds always enlarge their pouch while chasing female ones.
The day always ends with a wonderful served dinner at Darwin restaurant and a briefing about the following day’s activities.
This morning we took a spectacular panga ride at sunrise around Kicker Rock (Sleeping Lion in Spanish). The island was the remains of a satellite volcanic cone off the northwest shore of San Cristobal Island. After the visit, we sailed for the island of San Cristobal where we visited the small town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The town’s streets were cobbled and there was a pleasant waterfront park with benches and nice plantings extending along the main street-Charles Darwin Avenue. This morning we saw a huge amount of sea lions, Frigatebirds, Blue-footed boobies and Nazca boobies.
After the Galapagos lunch buffet, we had a dry landing at the Espanola Island. This was the southernmost island one of the best for wildlife viewing. It was the oldest island in the archipelago at about 4 million years old. We walked about 3 km and much of it was a difficult walk over boulders. The trail lead to the very edge of the steep southern cliffs where a dramatic blow hole was visible below and water could push up to 50 feet into the air. This afternoon we saw Marine iguanas, Galapagos Hawks, Mockingbirds, Waved albatross and tropical birds.
February 8th to 12th, 2011 Trip to Galapagos Islands
After visiting Ecuador and Peru, we flew to Baltra which was the small local military airport for getting on the cruise ship to visit all the islands. Every person had to apply for a special permit to visit Galapagos.
Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands that originated about 10 million years ago. The islands were completely isolated from the mainland. Through all the years all the animals there have developed and adapted to the unique ecosystem of the islands. Many species have changed to be totally different from their continental ancestors. I will talk more about it later. Until recent years the animals had no exposure to humans and therefore they remain extremely tamed and had no fear of human beings.
This morning’s main activity was snorkeling. We had our first wet landing at the Floreana Island. This island was one of the four islands that Charles Darwin visited in the Galapagos. Charles Darwin’s boat was called HMS Beagle. Floreana Island was also the first capital of the Archipelago. My brother and I went further out and we saw sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays and a lot of tropical fish.
In the afternoon we had a wet landing and walked to the top of a small hill and observation platform. It was called “Baroness Lookout”.
The evening party was fun. Wonderful music and dancing followed by marine wildlife viewing after we anchored for the night.
Beach walking: Bachas Beach was a beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” came from the mispronunciation of the word “barges” by the local population during the 1950’s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This place was one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in Galapagos.
In the afternoon we had again the wet landing onto the Bartolome Island. This was one of the most spectacular geologic settings in the Galapagos. As one of the relatively younger islands, its volcanic origins were easy to see. The view from the top of the volcanic island was the most famous in all the Galapagos. It was also an excellent site for snorkeling.
Animals seen differently from the previous days were penguins.
After a good breakfast we went to visit Isabela Island. This was the largest island in the Galapagos and it had five volcanoes. These were still active and the last eruption happened in May 2008.
At lunch time we had scenic cruising and we went along the coasts of Isabela and Fernandina Islands searching for whales and dolphins. We did see quite a few of them.
In the afternoon we landed at the Fernandina Island. It was the youngest and western-most of all the islands. It was also one of the most volcanically active in the region. The last eruption was in April, 2009.
This island was full of marine iguanas. Huge amount of them stuck together and was not afraid of human beings at all. They all stared at us and kept on spitting salt water. Marine iguana could stay underwater for up to 45 minutes while feeding on algae. The excess salt in their diet made them sneeze all the time and got of the salt water through their noses. The largest marine iguanas in the islands were found at Punta Espinoza and could reach up to 4 feet long.
Another interesting animal we saw was flightless cormorants. Excellent food chain made them not necessary to fly.
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Today’s morning visit was to Santiago Island. This island was also called James and San Salvador. We visited one of the most popular sites on the island, Puerto Egas. A salt mining operation existed there until 1960s. We walked along the coast and at the end were the grottos, lava tunnels that had collapsed to form beautiful pools where Galapagos fur seals resided.
Animals seen this morning were fur seals, oyster catcher, birds and Galapagos hawk.
In the afternoon we visited Santa Cruz. The northern coast of Santa Cruz Island was called Cerro Dragon and the name came from the population of land iguanas living in the area. The site offered a beautiful view of the landscape from the top of the hill and also two small brackish lagoons where wading birds were spotted.
Animals seen this afternoon were land iguanas, flamingos, ducks and Stilts.
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After a good breakfast buffet, we were ready to head towards Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz was the 2nd largest island in the Galapagos and home to Puerto Ayora which was the largest town in the islands. In 1959 the Ecuadorian government declared all the islands, except areas already colonized, as a national park. In the same year, the Charles Darwin Foundation was founded to promote scientific research and ensure the conservation of the Galapagos. In1992, the waters surrounding the Galapagos were declared a marine reserve. We walked in town and did some shopping.
In the afternoon we disembarked at the Municipal Pier and took a 45 minutes bus ride up to a private farm to look for free roaming giant tortoise in a meadow. It started to rain very hard. We did not mind and kept on looking for the giant tortoises. We found at least 8 of them. They were huge and did not mind to be touched.
This evening we had an excellent dinner. Lobsters, all kinds of fish, steak etc. could be ordered as much as we wanted to eat. Food was excellent during the whole trip.
conocer mujeres dubai Day 8:
Departure to the airport and flight back to Ecuador.
For the past seven days, we had sailed together throughout the Galapagos Islands for more than 580 nautical miles. We crossed the equator twice. We had taken away a greater love and respect for nature. I wish I could go back there someday soon.