Monday 22nd May 2017
Galapagos to Guayaquil
Up early for lovely breakfast – home-made carrot cake, fresh tree-tomato smoothie, banana/watermelon/orange sections, scrambled egg/cheese. Joseline had sorted a taxi and we paid extra for the driver to take us over the Itacama channel ferry and to the airport with all our baggage. $42. However had to pay $20 excess due to weight of our now 3x bags. Annoyingly our backpacks were light and we could have just moved some gear across and paid less – all going in the same plane! I was then paged in the airport and had to go air-side as they had identified ‘rock’ in my suitcase and couldn’t access the combination lock. It was the salt crystals from Uyuni and therefore OK, but interesting that they had detected them and we so hot on not removing anything from the islands. Plane was also delayed by an hour for no apparent reason. It all happens in 3’s! We weren’t bothered as had no linked flights.
Once in Guayaquil, took a taxi to Casa del Rio Guayas which was very near the airport. Nice basic room with most amenities, including wifi. Re-packed some items to reduce the weight and rethinking our outfits (shorts and T-shirts to hiking boots and fleeces!). Took a taxi into town for $4 – very confused driver who couldn’t work out where the tourist area should be. Ended up alongside the river with a very modern waterfront. It had all the amenities – imax cinema, theatres, boardwalk, big wheel, parks. As it was getting dark we found a nice restaurant where Iain had seafood mixed in rice and an additional full crab alongside! I had seafood linguine. Very nice, washed down with Marguerita cocktails. We then grabbed another taxi for our return, who became very confused with the hotel card, his own app and Iain’s e-maps. Eventually found the hotel with great relief and still only charged $4. Good taxis here.
Caught up with blog – finally up to date after two weeks, but photos still to do. Will try when we’re waiting at airports!