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Lonesome George, famed Galapagos tortoise, dies – latimes.com

Lonesome George, famed Galapagos tortoise, dies – latimes.com

Lonesome George, famed Galapagos tortoise, dies – latimes.com. Although this famed tortoise has passed away there are plenty of others to see on the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Please see our earlier blog entries about our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. If you are thinking about a visit to Galapagos see our trips to the Enchanted IslandsĀ on our website.

Farewell to Galapagos

Farewell to Galapagos

On our last day in Galapagos we got a quick tour of some attractions in the highlands, accompanied by Maria Elena, a local guide. We visited a farm in the highlands where giant tortoises come and go to feed and hang out. Here they co-exist with humans and domestic animals. They are not in captivity but rather able to roam freely as they have for thousands of years before the humans arrived. They can live over hundred years and weigh…

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Visiting with iguanas and a high-five from a blue footed booby.

Visiting with iguanas and a high-five from a blue footed booby.

On our third day in Puerto Ayora we took another boat trip this time to Isla Isabela. We departed at 7 am in a perfect weather for navigation. The sea was calm and no clouds in the sky. As we glided across the waters of the archipelago I sat on the front of the boat, mesmerized by the ocean and the flying fish jumping out of the water. After two and a half hours and passing some smaller islands we…

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Isla Santa Cruz and Floreana

Isla Santa Cruz and Floreana

We landed in Galapagos yesterday at about 10 am local time after 1hr and 40 min flight from Guayaquil. The islands are about 600 miles west of the mainland Ecuador and one hour ahead. It’s hot and humid, big difference from Quito where we stayed at the elevation of 2800 m above sea level. We are staying on Isla Santa Cruz in Puerto Ayora for the three nights and taking day trips. The first afternoon we took a short trip…

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We are off to South America again!

We are off to South America again!

Analia and I are excited to be traveling again to South America. This time our itinerary will take us to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands and later Analia will travel solo to Peru for a convention. Getting up this morning at an ungodly hour of 2 am, the share ride van picked us up at 3 and we headed for LAX. It was a very pleasant ride at that time of the night. Now we are waiting in Miami international airport for…

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Galapagos Islands get more protection.

Galapagos Islands get more protection.

Galapagos establishes new landing rules for cruise ships – Travel Weekly. This will most likely affect travel to this pristine ecosystem. The recommended length to go is at least 10 days. This is inevitably a travel trend of the future, limited visitation in an effort to preserve our last wild places. As more and more people travel the world the impact of the mass tourism needs to be controlled. We see it here in the US with the access to…

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