GALAPAGOS Day 5… Free fun on Isabella: giant land tortoises, flamingos, iguanas, rays and sea lions aplenty! 

Isabela is the largest island in the archipelago but with only around 2000 permanent residence it has a very laid back, island vibe to it. The town itself is positioned along the coast so there is plenty of white sandy coastline to enjoy, there is also a very nice tortoise breeding centre along a nature walk where you can also see flamingos and marine iguanas. If you’re a history buff you can learn about the islands tragically mad penal colony by visiting the “Wall of Tears”. Or you if you’re like us and you love the sea lions you can just snorkel the day away at Concha Perla! Continue reading GALAPAGOS Day 5… Free fun on Isabella: giant land tortoises, flamingos, iguanas, rays and sea lions aplenty! 

GALAPAGOS Day 3… Another day another island: Swimming with sea lions on Isabela

Deciding where to go, what to do, who to book with and to cruise or not to cruise were amongst our big decisions on the Galapagos Islands. We were still investigating and deciding on our itinerary, but had basically come to the conclusion that a cruise would be very expensive and mean we would be stuck with a group, so it wasn’t for us. We felt that when coupled with day excursions, there was enough to do on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal to keep us entertained for 2 weeks easily. We also wanted to scuba dive but a liveaboard would be around $3K each for 10 days, which was a big chunk of cash for 2 pretty inexperienced divers to cough up! Continue reading GALAPAGOS Day 3… Another day another island: Swimming with sea lions on Isabela

GALAPAGOS Day 2… More free adventures on Puerto Ayora: Las Grietas and Tortuga Bay

Swimming with iguanas, walking through underground lava tunnels, snorkelling in a deep dark canyon, sunbathing on white sand beaches looking out to the bluest ocean you’ve ever seen. This really is some kind of paradise.. All this adventure for $1.60usd Continue reading GALAPAGOS Day 2… More free adventures on Puerto Ayora: Las Grietas and Tortuga Bay

Landing in a parallel universe: First impressions of Galapagos, and what to know before you go

Dry black solidified lava forms an uninviting rock scape. Green stick-insect like trees, rambling thorny vines and cacti with round flat leaves… Its life Jim but not as we know it. Just like stepping into a parallel universe where everything looks familiar but nothing is quite as you would expect it to be. As a huge David Attenborough fan the Galapagos Islands have always been high … Continue reading Landing in a parallel universe: First impressions of Galapagos, and what to know before you go

Gringo Problems… How to break up the bus trip from Chile to Iguazu Falls?

Taking a bus from San Pedro to Puerto de Iguazu takes around 31 hours with 3 changes, which we were not interested in. So we decided it was a good opportunity to see a bit of Argentina to wedge in a few stops between, but we needed to figure out how to manage it without spending too much money or adding more hours onto the trip. Luckily … Continue reading Gringo Problems… How to break up the bus trip from Chile to Iguazu Falls?

Samaipata: The Resting Place in the Mountains… Stories from people who stopped to rest and never left

We arrived in Samaipata expecting warmth and sunshine, when we got drizzle and cold we turned to the villagers in the local bar to warm us up! We also got a couple of days of sun so managed to get out and enjoy the surrounding area. Continue reading Samaipata: The Resting Place in the Mountains… Stories from people who stopped to rest and never left