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Where's Whaley

Where's Whaley

Associated tags : galapagos islands, peru, quito

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My Journey to South America

My Journey to South America

Follow my journey around 8 countries in South America with my thoughts and travel advice for those wanting to repeat my journey.
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Since : 18/09/2014

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DAY 3 – ALTITUDE / SICKNESS OR BOTH

DAY 3 – ALTITUDE / SICKNESS OR BOTH

So I wake up, and no my muscles aren’t aching surprisingly from my hike the day before however the sore throat I developed from the plane journey had unfortunately turned into a full blown cold, running nose, nausea etc. In fact I couldn’t work out whether it was still altitude sickness, or just normal sickness or both. Let’s just hope this i

Still Alive and Kicking

Friends Many of you have not heard from me for a few weeks now, and wanted to let you know I am well and currently enjoying my travels in Peru. I have not been able to update my blog online as much as I would have wanted to because the internet connection is poor at best and on average it takes 20 minutes to upload one photo to Facebook and the con
DAY 7 – TINTOREROS ISLAND

DAY 7 – TINTOREROS ISLAND

Waking up the morning began like a majority of mornings have so far on my journey consisting of me putting moisturiser and aftersun on my burning arms and neck. After breakfast we headed down to the bay to do a snorkelling and hiking adventure day for $47. Upon arriving at the beach, we had to wait for 20 minutes for other people to join the day to

DAY 11 – RETRUN TO QUITO

In the morning we woke around 7:30am, had breakfast and headed for the Interpretation Centre on the island. This was the equivalent of a museum and explained about how the islands were formed, how they have evolved over the last 50 years and what the plans are for the future. The aim by 2017 is to have the islands totally self-sufficient for energy
DAY 10 – WOW WHAT AN EXPERIENCE

DAY 10 – WOW WHAT AN EXPERIENCE

Today was what I had envisaged would be one of the main reasons to come to the Galapagos Islands, to swim with Sea Lions. The day started with having breakfast at our homestay. The people we were staying with didn’t speak any English so conversation was limited to a few hand gestures and simple phrases. We met our guide Fernando for the day, who
DAY 5 – JOURNEY TO ISABELLA

DAY 5 – JOURNEY TO ISABELLA

Despite getting to bed at around 8:30pm and waking at 4am, our sleep had not been a good one. This was due to the blaring music coming from all of the bars and clubs that lasted until 3:30am. It would have been fine if the music being played was party music however our window seemed to be next to a club playing drum and bass, not exactly the easies
DAY 8 – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 8 – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Today started with an early morning speed boat ride back to Santa Cruz Island. The speed boats were introduced in 2005 as a quick means of getting between the main islands of the Galapagos. The 32 mile journey takes approximately 2.5 hours by speed boat and there is an early morning and a mid-afternoon departure from each island. The early morning
DAY 9 – TWO DOWN ONE TO GO

DAY 9 – TWO DOWN ONE TO GO

The following morning we woke early to go to the Darwin Research Station. This was the place where Darwin did most of his research when staying on the Galapagos Islands and came up with his theory of evolution by natural selection. The research station was only a 15 minute walk from the main city centre passing all the shops that sell the same old
INTRODUCTION TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

INTRODUCTION TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

The Galapagos Islands lie west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean about a 90 minute flight from Quito and are a collection of 13 islands that were formed by volcanic eruptions hundreds of thousands of years ago. The islands are on a tectonic plate that is moving towards South America at a rate of 3cm a year. This means that all of the islands are in v
DAY 6 – SIERRA NEGRO

DAY 6 – SIERRA NEGRO

The day started with a visit to the Giant Tortoise breeding centre. In Galapagos there are about 5000 giant tortoises left but there is a very low chance of those born in the wild surviving. Firstly when we got to the centre we were met by our naturist of the day called Pedro. In the Galapagos, to visit any site you need to be accompanied by a natu