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Whale Watching in Puerto Lopez

Written on: Monday August 25th, 2008

A journal entry from: Trails in 2008

There is an island off the Ecuadorian coast known as the ´poor mans Galapagos´ because instead of paying $1500USD each for 5 days to visit the Galapagos Islands you pay $50 for a day trip to see lots of the same bird and marine life.  We have timed it perfectly, this month is when the humpback whales hang around the coast to mate and have babies.  On the way to the island we stopped to see some which was fantastic.  We soon developed an addiction for whale watching, and went back for another 2 days of it!  They attract mates by making lots of noise, jumping high out of the water to crash back down, and slapping flippers on the surface which looks so easy but makes a huge boom.Al was hooked on getting the ultimate photo... he did pretty well the first day, but was convinced if we went out again the next day would be ´the one´ - we ended up going out three times but he sought treatment and is now reformed.   We were staying in an awesome place on the beachfront, but this beautiful long beach had quite a bit of rubbish on it which is so frustrating to see!  Its a working town, lots of fishing boats and I suppose they just don´t link their actions affecting the amazing wildlife they have so near to them.   If only my spanish was better, I´d be discussing this issue with them...

A complete power cut one night was quite exciting, until we realised the next morning that the only ATM in town was now out of order and we had exactly 25 cents until it was online again, hopefully sometime that afternoon.  We were hungry and full of regrets for not going earlier.  There was only one thing we could do – book another whale watching trip with our credit card which came with lunch!Its around 20-25 degrees, our first time at sea level since Cartagena, and so nice to be warm!