At short distance from Puerto Ayora there is a path through the thorny wilderness to Tortuga Beach. You can walk there in approximately 45 minutes. It is a wonderful, huge, deserted and white-sanded beach with rather big waves. It is not recommended to swim there. If you want to do so, you can continue to […]
Our transport from Baltra airport to Puerto Ayora – 20.000 inhabitants and the biggest town on the archipelago – lead through a desert-like looking landscape with huge opuntia trees as main vegetation. There is real beauty in this islands but there is also visible hostility. Nature declared no-mans-land most of the time.
The really crazy and extraordinary thing about the Galapagos Archipelago is the tameness of the animals. Millions of years of evolution without natural predators and without mankind, led to this atmosphere of peaceful coexistence between men and animal. You’ll never see sealions, sharks, stingrays, finches, seagulls, tortoises and pelicans as near as you do here.
From 800 AD until the arrival of the spanish conquerors in the 15th century a culture called Yumbo lived in the area surrounding Tulipe. The pools they build and which have been found there – one of them only in 2004 because of aerial photography – were probably for ritual purification or their mirror has […]
With a guide we went to the jungle at night. We saw quite a lot of strange creatures, mostly insects. A moth wich looks like a leaf, a furry, white caterpillar, mini frogs, huge hairy spiders and beetles, looking like sticks. The only mammal sat in a tree and we saw only his weird eyes. […]
Colored spiders, fern leaves twice as big as me, huge trees growing around still bigger trees, parasite plants growing on other plants which grow already on plants, unseparable undergrowth, enormous flowers, the omnipresent sound of dropping water, the rustling in the bushes from small mammals, dragonflies big as my forearm and birds with the sound of […]
There is a butterfly sanctuary in Mindo led by biologists where we had even the opportunity to watch the birth of a butterfly. It takes approximately two minutes. After that, the butterfly has to dry for half an hour and is able to fly away afterwards. Did you know that some butterflies have shiny golden […]
Time to say good bye to our friends in Quito and to change place. Fernando brought us to the Bus Station for the regional busses and we caught a bus to Mindo for really no money (something like 3 Dollar). The two hour bus drive brought us “downhill” to Mindo, a small town in the […]
In Otavalo Valley lies Laguna de Cuicocha, which means The lake of guniea pigs in Kichwa language. It is 3 km wide, positioned in the crater of an ancient volcano and contains three small islands, two of them being lava domes and one of them shaped like a guniea pig. The caldera was created by an eruption […]