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Weeks 2 and 3   (published in Ecuador)

November 25, 2017 by   Comments(1)

Weekends are a good time to explore Sam Cristobal or travel to other islands.  Friday afternoons and Saturday and Sunday are free with later breakfast to enjoy a lie in.

First weekend I explored the town and beaches, just enjoyed the beaches and watching the sea lions in particular. Fascinating with all the new born pups.  A good opportunity to take photos.  Also explored the tree house at El progresso well worth a visit.

I visited the interpretation centre which is very informative re wildlife, history of the island, it's people and geology.   Then carrying on visited Las Tijeteras or Frigate bird hill, snorkel in the bay and then back via Playa Corola. 

Work followed a similar pattern to previous week. Monday, Weds and Friday early morning sea lion monitoring then Galapaguerra to feed tortoises.  Did some planting for reforestation very hard work in stoney ground. Planned trip to Isle of Floreanna for following week, checking tents etc. Felt privileged  to be going to Floreanna, the first time there has been a projects abroad group there.

Second weekend had a day at Playa Balquerizo with other projects abroad volunteers. Saw my first ever Orcas on the way there and then had a great beach to ourselves apart from the fabulous pelicans, seals etc.

Sunday did the 360 tour of the island $120 but well worth it but wait for good weather. Snorkelling around kicker rock with sharks, turtles and fish.  Then onto beautiful beaches. Saw a pod of dolphins swimming around the boat and a seahorse, rays and sharks in a lagoon. Fabulous day out.

Floreanna trip a small fishing boat for 3 hours on hard wooden benches.  Very wet and bumpy ride but made up for by the visit to the island only approx 200 inhabitants so we had a house and camping by the sea.  Spoke more Spanish and less English here. Fascinated by the Lava formations and cacti growing from it. A good trip different giant tortoises, flamingos and the only Northern hemisphere penguins. Male iguanas here very bright pink for breeding season. Thankfully return journey was easier.

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Weeks 2 and 3
 

Glad it's all going well Jane, it sounds fabulous.Currently hailstones here so you're in the best place. Continue to enjoy. Jean

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