I love boobies

Casa Rosada, the place to be in Isabela !

Casa Rosada, the place to be in Isabela !

Another main island we did was authentic Isabela. We took the 7am ferry (30$) in Santa Cruz and after paying a watertaxi (1$) & the 5$ island tax, we headed to the most recommended hostel in Puerto VIllamil, ‘Casa Rosada’ (17$/dorm breakfast included) situated right on the beach. Unfortunately it was fully booked so my suggestion is to book in advance if you’re planning to stay there.  We took a double room with ocean view, right across the street in Hotel Volcano (25$/person) which was fine as well. Most hotels on the main street with ocean view were around that price (20-35$/person) Because all daytrips already started in the morning, we just strolled around town and visited ‘Concha Perla’, a beautiful clear water snorkeling spot right at the ferry dock surrounded by mangrove where we spotted some iguana’s & sea lions, taking a siesta on the piers.  At Laguna Salinas, a few footsteps away from mainstreet we spotted some Flamingo’s too.

Blue feeted boobie @ Los Tuneles, Isabela

Blue feeted boobie @ Los Tuneles, Isabela

Isabela offers several daytrips such as ‘Sierra Negro’ (35$ – the volcanic mountains), ‘Bay Tour & Las Tintoretas’ (45$ – Snorkeling trip with white tip reef sharks, sea lions) but we chose for the nesting ground of the most beautiful and fascinating animals… the blue-feeted boobies!  The area was situated in a never seen volcanic landscape and some shallow waters known as ‘Los Tuneles’ (80$), also home to white tip reef sharks, giant sea turtles and numerous other unique species. We also past the ‘Roca Union’, a rock in the middle of the ocean where many Nazca Boobies & sea lions could be spotted. Fabrizio, who lived here his whole life was our guide for the day.

With Audrey & Nesrine @ Puerto Ayero, Santa Cruz

With Audrey & Nesrine @ Puerto Ayero, Santa Cruz

The daytrip ended at 14pm so we were able to catch the ferry back to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz where we met Nesrine, a girl from France. We went to Kiosko, a street near the harbour, shut off for traffic in the evening & filled with kiosks serving all kinds of local food on common tables in the street. Audrey had some huge lobster, Nesrine & myself had some ‘Pulpo a la plancha’ (Grilled octopus). Later that evening we met Gustavo & Vincent, 2 brothers from Brazil & a guy from Portugal and went for a last drink in Bongo bar on mainstreet, the place to be for a evening out!

The volcanic island of Bartolomé

The volcanic island of Bartolomé

Our last daytrip was to amazing Bartolome (150$ daytrip), a volcanic island with a unique moonlike landscape & that place was like a dream for me as a passionated photographer. The shuttle picked us up at 6am at our hotel. It was rainy but as the shuttle drove to the north of the island, again we had clear blue skies & a beautiful sunny ride due to Santa Cruz’ micro climate.  On the cruise to Bartolome, we met Tegan, an Australian girl from Melbourne who traveled South-America for a few months with her boyfriend Chris.

Me @ Bahia Sullivan between the islands of Bartolomé & Santiago

Me @ Bahia Sullivan between the islands of Bartolomé & Santiago

After an hour on the bus & 2 hours on the boat, we finally reached Bahia Sullivan (Sullivan Bay), situated between the volcanic islands of Bartolome & Santiago. We hiked to the top of Bartolome and were treated on a breathtaking view of the bay & the islands. Than we went snorkeling and swam among pinguins & sea turtles after which we enjoyed a short break on the white sand beach.
On our way back we had lunch. Great was everyone’s surprise when the crew kindly asked us to settle our bill for the beverages and that right before disembarking. No big deal except nobody ever mentioned it before… They kept on telling us everything was included. You’re warned…

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2 Responses to “I love boobies”
  1. Beaches really do look like your natural habitat! Beautiful boobies!

  2. The Rider says:

    Beautiful post and you really chose an eye-catching title!

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