After Ecuador mainland and eight days on the islands we went back in a mega arduous boat & flight marathon from Isabella to Santa Cruz to Guayaquil to Quito to Madrid to Berlin. I wouldn’t recommend the islands for people on a very tight budget but otherwise it was totally worth it: The nature, the diverse […]
It’s a humble experience to be in an area where you can see and smell that life on earth is futile. We hiked 16 kms to see the huge caldera of Sierra Negra Volcano and the bizarre volcanic landscape of Chico Vulcano. Sierra Negra erupted for the last time in 2005 and created an immens, […]
We went on a hike from Puerto Vilamil to the Wall of Tears, which is the only remaining evidence from the times where this part of Isabela Island has been a penitentiary colony (1946-59) for prisoners from the mainland. In 1959 this episode ended with a massiv escape, including the kidnapping of an US yacht, […]
Isabela is the biggest of the Galapagos Islands, build out of six major volcanos. Only 2.000 people live in Puerto Villamil and an other village uphill and you really get this isolated island feeling being there. Beyond the only road leading to the rim of the caldera of Sierra Negra Volcano, is 120 km pure […]
In a very comfortable hike from Puerto Ayora you reach the blue gorges Las Grietas where you can snorkle. The hike leads through a rough and surreal landscape which I have never seen anywhere else in the world.
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 […]