Day 15 & 16 – Wednesday & Thursday May 23-24, 2012

At 5:00 AM we received a “natural” wake-up call. A rooster began crowing and continued for about 30 minutes. I must say this is the first time I have heard a rooster while staying in a hotel! We were up, had breakfast and loaded on the bus by 7:00 AM.

Today we are to transverse the island of Santa Cruz from south to north. Our departure airport is located on Baltra Island off the northern tip of Santa Cruz. The airport here is the largest in the Galapagos. It was built by the US during WW


In the highlands of Santa Cruz, about halfway across the island we stopped to see “Los Gemelos” the twins. The twins consists of two large magma chambers which have collapsed.

 




We decided this would be a good place for our group photo.


Arriving at the northern end of Santa Cruze, our next adventure was to take a public ferry across to Balta. The first ferry we boarded was too full to get our luggage on top, so we “passed thru” to the next ferry.



Our bus waiting to load our luggage on the ferry.

After a little time for some last minute shopping at the outside vendors, we soon boarded our plan for the flight back to Guayaquil and then Quito.


After arriving at our hotel in Quito, we had a few hours to rest and get our luggage ready for our early flight to the US tomorrow. For dinner tonight we were taken to a private museum for an after hours tour and then dinner. It was quite interesting.




Arriving back at the hotel, we said our last goodbyes to our fellow travelers. In the morning we would be leaving at different times and this was the last time we would all be together.


Thursday morning we were up early and took the short van ride to the airport. The trip home was routine but long. We had about a 3 hour layover in Miami but since we had to go thru customs it wasn’t so bad. Arrived in Atlanta and then had the one hour drive home. We got home about 10:00PM. Tired but happy.

Overall I would rate our Machu Picchu-Galapagos trip a great success. It was more “active” than I had expected but not more than could be done. We had excellent group leaders/guides and we were fortunate to be traveling with a great group of people of whom we will always have fond memories. We hope to see some of you again….

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