Bay Tour

Feb 13, 2012

This morning I had the pleasure of being part of a bay tour with Chamacuss Tours. The main guide was Edilberto and then Armando was the man driving the boat. There were about 10 of us on the tour from all around the world including: Argentina, Italy and US. Most of the tourists spoke fluent Spanish, but a couple of us were mainly English. Thankfully our guide was fluent in both and did a fantastic job telling us everything in both languages. He also seemed to have a lot of fun on the tour, joking and laughing with us. Not to mention that he sure seemed to have a lot of pep in his step for a 60+ year old man. I could barely keep up with him on our last hike of the day. Mind you, it was probably close to 35 degrees out too an I’m really not used to that!

Here are a couple of photos of the view from the dock and a view of the island with rain clouds once we were out in the boat. Isn’t it beautiful?!

View of Puerto Ayora bay, Santa Cruz Island

View of Puerto Ayora bay, Santa Cruz Island

View of Puerto Ayora bay, Santa Cruz Island

View of Puerto Ayora bay, Santa Cruz Island

The tour started out with a 10-15 minute boat ride to a spot where we went snorkelling with the seals. I’d say we must have had about 45 minutes worth of time here. Not everyone went snorkelling. A few elderly people or those with mobility challenges stayed on the boat. Boys, did they miss out!

Shari snorkelling with the seals in the Galapagos Islands

Shari snorkelling with the seals in the Galapagos Islands

After our unbelievable experience snorkelling with the seals, we headed to Playa de los Perros (Dog Beach).

Cactus on Playa de los Perros

Cactus on Playa de los Perros

Cactus on Playa de los Perros

Cactus on Playa de los Perros

We had a short visit, including a 10 minute walk where we saw a beautiful area where sharks come to rest during the day and to warm up if the regular water is too cold. Unfortunately, there were no sharks in while we were there today.

The crew gave us snacks of packaged Ritz crackers and cheese and pop. After snack time, we headed off to Las Grietas where we went for a grueling 15 minute walk. The sun was incredibly hot. There is very little shade along the way and the path is rough, but flat. Hiking for 15 minutes in that sun was certainly a challenge. However, when I saw the lagoon at the end of the trail where we could go snorkelling, I couldn’t wait!

Swimming at Las Grietas

Swimming at Las Grietas

I actually didn’t even snorkel here, just swam the length and came back. That gave me a bit of extra time to get organized and take photos before everyone had to come out of the water.

We saw the beach on the way out by foot. It was beautiful too!

beach on Santa Cruz Island

beach on Santa Cruz Island

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Bay Tour

  1. Anita – WELLLLLLLL … no we weren’t going snorkeling in the sharks ‘resting area’, but if the water had been the correct temperature, we would have been snorkeling with them. It just happened that the water wasn’t right. Tomorrow I go on another boat tour to a different Island … there are sharks there when we snorkel!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s