Galapagos Journal

Los Islas Encantados – The Enchanted Islands

Sign upon entering the airport in Ecudor: “Galapagos is peace, human history, and evolution. We hope it means the same to you.”

Los Islas Encartadas was discovered in 1535 by a Spanish ship blown off course while carrying the Bishop of Panama to Peru, but was never claimed for Spain. In 1832 Ecuador claimed Los Islas Encartadas and no one objected. Only one word describes Charles Darwin’s feat in turning these islands from worthless to priceless… magical…..

An archipelago of volcanic peaks separated from the mainland of South America by 600 miles of very deep cold water, primarily from the Antarctic.

Galapagos Are Unique

Stretching over 50,000 square miles, bisected by the equator, the islands are profoundly influenced by 3 marine currents – the Humboldt from the Arctic, the equatorial Cromwell, and the Panama. The swilling hot and cold temperatures give rise to a wild diversity of habitats and specially adapted creatures. This astounding ecosystem is home to over 3,000 kinds of plants and animals, approximately 20% endemic – found nowhere else in the world. Here penguins live side by side with manta rays and fur seals dart through vivid coral reefs.

Hotel Oro Verde

Hotel Oro Verde was our home while in the Galapagos, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. What is it about the scent of an elegant hotel in South America? The ineffable scent of tropical flowers….and ultra high end service. A superb rooftop pool and full service spa – a massage in a class by itself is not to be missed! http://www.oroverdehotels.com/

Guayaquil

Located 2 degrees below the equator, Guayaquil consists of 2.5 million acres built on reclaimed mangrove. Teeming, passionate, polyglot Guayaquil is a hot and funky seaport. Be sure to walk the Malecon. Visit the museum and botanical garden, then eat at the food court at the far end. Deep fired sea bass is lovely! The Craft market has wonder things as well!

The Good Ship Eric

We cruised aboard the Good Ship Eric, which was built in 1990 in Guayaquil. This 67 foot ship weighs in a 237 tons and cruises at an average speed of seven knots. This trip comprised 424 miles during which we crossed the equator four times.

Ecoventura

Ecoventura is committed to conserving the pristine Galapagos environment on which its business depends. The organization takes great care to minimize environmental impacts while maximizing visitor experiences with one of a kind species and landscapes for which the Galapagos is famous.

Ecoventura is a proud partner of the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund, which is admired jointly by World Wildlife Fund and Galapagos National Park Service. Ecoventura and WWF have partnered to conserve the Galapagos for generations to come.

Solar Energy

Some of the many ways Ecoventura has equipped its fleet of 3 small ships, each woth 10 guest rooms:

  • Solar energy gift from Toyota Corporation
  • Recycling bottles and reusing
  • Using local vegetables and fish
  • Not littering and picking up trash and illegal fish traps
  • Reporting anomalies
  • 2 small windmills power to the bridge
  • 2 desalinization plants
  • Using diesel fuel running at a measured pace

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To read my daily diary of my adventurous trip to the Galapagos Islands click this link to download the complete document in pdf format. >> To view all the wonderful photos of my trip click this link to my Flickr page. Enjoy!

 

Pamela

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