Had an early morning yesterday, got up at 5 and called a taxi to take me to Rio Coca. It only cost 2,5 USD which I think it’s worth instead of taking the Eco Via with my backpack (as I told you in my first post here in Ecuador).
The trip to the airport went really smoothly and I had plenty of time at the airport, which was good. They have to check through all your luggage so you don’t bring any food or seeds or something that can harm or change the wildlife and flora at the Galapagos islands. You also have to pay different admission for entering and stuff, and I also had to pay some fee because of the change of the airport or something, didn’t really get it.. I slept the whole way almost, we stopped at Guayaquil to pick up passengers but I don’t remember anything from it.. haha.
When I arrived I had to pay 100 USD to enter the Galapagos, luckily I was aware of that before so I had the money on me : ) They also once again checked all the luggage so you don’t bring anything with you.. and then when I got out from the terminal, I saw a man holding a sign “Sofia Armenteros”, haha! The first I ever had in my life! It was my host David :) He picked me up at the airport, wow, so nice. First you take a bus to the canal, about 10 minutes, then you cross over to the island of santa cruz, and then one hour bus ride to the Puerto Ayora, the center of this island. He helped me with everything, even had a bottle of water with him to me and carried my backpack and everything, you can notice he works with tourism :)
We had some lunch along the way and then got at his place, which he shares with his coworker Maribel and her daughter Kaira, so sweet! We got friends directly, played games, brushed our hair and she also told me plenty of stories :) At night we went for a walk with David to the Puerto. It is very calm and safe here! You don’t need to be afraid at all, people are very friendly. And the weather is warm and humid! I had to sleep with a ventilator.
On the way we met one of Davids friends, who had a drop of for a day tour tomorrow to the island of Bartolome, so he asked me if I wanted to join for a cheaper price… it was expensive still, 120 USD. But it’s an island quite far away where the boats doesn’t go there everyday, so I think it’s worth it. :)
At night we hanged with some of Davids friends here at the island, wow they speak really quickly here!! I have some problems of hearing what they say, haha. Also, everyone except for one works with tourism, the other is a fireman : ) Haha. I had an early night though again since the bus that takes me to the harbour tomorrow will pick me up at 7!