Two Fish have been travelling for a month now to get here, so I guess our 48 hours hasn’t been too bad! 🙂
It certainly is a long way… catches up to you about day 3 of travelling in airports!.. We stayed overnight in Detroit as the snowstorms were a little crazy…
Flying to Quito Equidor was pretty easy… we had a 7 hour layover so we had booked a small room just minutes from the airport..
Once again not knowing Spanish is an issue.. If you ever want to learn a language pick Spanish! Someone always seems to come to our rescue and this time it was the owner of the cab company.. he owns one in LA and one is Quito?? Anyway… next thing you know we are in his truck and heading down the road… what a nice guy, we always find great people!. Very modern airport that was built in the last 3 years.. LED billboards along the highway.. this is 2015 for sure… then we show up to the ‘hotel’…
Now were back in 1915.. checked in no issue into a room about 10’ x 10’….. well when it cost $40 what can you ask for??
A rooster decided the sun was about to rise, although it was only 1am.. then the dog fight started!.. I think rover won, but it took him a good hour to bark down the competition…. about 20% of our sleep allowance.
We asked for a 4:30 wake up call, and a 5:15am cab.. we didnt get the wakeup call, but the cab was 15 minutes early! A quick shower sans warm water and we were on our way!
Arriving 2 full hours early for a domestic flight, we were surprized at the lines.. Galapagos fee $20.00… no issue, but 45 minutes to pay..
Then check in….. boarding was well over before we checked the bags… then having 4 checked rather than the 3 allowed (for 2 people?) we had to go pay another $10.00 at another counter..
By the end, Timbo was laughing, there is no way we are making this flight.. and really who cares.. we have days if not weeks… whats the big deal…
Well the airline thought different and assigned a person to run us through security, and down to the bus to take us to the plane.
We might have been last to board the bus, but we were ‘almost’ first off… and almost first on the plane!! 2 hours later we landed in Galapagos!
Our bags were first off the plane… but we were missing one… damn..
Robin’s cloths too.. thats not good.. Timbo could just buy a couple T shirts for 6 weeks… not so much with Robin… 🙂
1 hour later all the bags are delivered and all taken… except ours… big lineup to final inspection… Timbo is going to find a clerk to show missing bag tag… Robin goes back to the original bag drop area.. our RED bag was turned upside down (black side up) and had been there all along… ha.. oh well.. we DO HAVE TIME…
Walking outside the airport, a sign is displayed with our Names!!! Sweet! Our driver grabbed our bags and got us onto a large bus… again he didnt know english and we didnt know spanish.. but we communicate no issue..
10 mins later we arrive at a ferry (only for people)!… cool.. offload the bus.. all on the ferry.. bags n all.. across a river.. over to his truck.. loaded up and on our way!.. Getting into town, we unload, and reload into another small raft.. as our Eco Hotel has no roads to it.. we cruise by TWOFISH, the boat we are taking to the Marquesas on the way… No one on deck… To the hotel for drinks, a shower and a sleep! Crazy high end hotel… cool towels and drinks at the check in desk.. but your not allowed to stand there and talk.. lets go sit down somewhere more comfy.. i could get used to this!
Walking in town later that night we run into Gail from TwoFish.. And many more of the ARC race fleet.. really fun!
Tomorrow we are taking a boat to an island offshore to check out some wildlife… you are not allowed to take your own boat, which is no problem as it would take about 2 days to get there… Powerboating 101 tomorrow for some snorkeling, hiking, and exploring !!!
The weather is crazy hot.. we are used to the cold winter, this heat is AWESOME.
The SeaLions are DOGS… sleeping on the docks.. you just step over them trying not to wake them up… too funny…
Anyway.. we’ve only been here a few hours… but here’s a short video so far.