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Just a very quick post before we head off to Isabela this afternoon. No need for me to repeat what the others have said about yesterday, as I think it is fairly obvious it was a day we will all remember for a long time! Nick’s video is great, and shows just how close the sealions and turtles came, and how unfazed they were by us, and our strange appearance and gadgets!

When we next have some internet access (which might be back in the UK according to reports about Isabela’s connectivity) I will upload photos and my videos from underwater. I think it was an amazing ‘high’ to leave Santa Cruz on, and we are looking forward to what Isabela has in store! hopefully we can continue to blog from there, but if not, there will certainly be more to follow on our return to the UK.

And I think I could definately join a sealion’s harem – lazing in the sun with the occasional banter with the odd (in every sense of the word!) swimmer sounds right up my street!

First blog from the ‘Enchanted Islands’, and what a welcome! Even the flight in was spectacular, flying in low over the Islands, seeing the white sandy beaches contrasted to the dry cactus-dotted landscape. Very impressive! After a brief panic about the tourist entry card, we were in! A brief stop off at some sunken lava caves, with tiny finches darting across the landscape, we headed off to the Tortoise Reserve with our guide, Marissa. Welcomed to the reserve by a chilled out tortoise munching by the roadside, we had a nice lunch, and then headed out into the reserve, where there we saw giant tortoises everywhere! I think we all got some fantastic photos, which will hopefully be uploaded to the blog, but what we didn’t manage to capture much of was the sounds – their movements; chewing, walking, breathing, all came with an ancient-sounding soundtrack. That was something I hadn’t expected, and really added to the experience. As did seeing two giant tortoises mating! Not something you see everyday! Really enjoyed our first trip in the Galapagos Islands, looking forward to Floreana tomorrow!


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Hi, Amy here, ‘party leader’ (my official title!). It all feels slightly surreal that tomorrow I will be meeting up with the rest of the team before we fly off to the Galapagos – after a year of building up to this point, it still hasn’t really sunk in!

Very glad to hear I’m not the only one with packing problems- I might resort to wearing layers of clothes on the flight to reduce what goes into my suitcase.

Really excited about some of the fantastic things we have planned, and Steppes Travel have been really great helping to build our itinerary. We’re hopefully going to be updating the blog as we go, so not only will others be able to see what we’ve been up to, but we can also record our experiences as they happen – capturing the moment!

Must dash, off to get some dollars, the exchange rate seems to be in our favour at the moment.

next blog post will be written in a far sunnier location!



October 2021

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