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Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

After a 12 hour bus ride from Quito we finally arrived in Puerto Lopez.

We spent a day on the beach and were suprised to see the sand in the distance appearing to move. Every time we moved, whatever was in the distance moved so we sat very still and waited to see tiny crabs surface from holes in the sand all around us, scuttle across the sand and then pop back inside their holes.

The main reason for our visit was to sail out to the Isla de La Plata, also known as the poor man's Galapagos. We saw whales on the way out and once there got up close to boobies, blue footed boobies, frigate birds with Bright red swollen necks, sea lions and albatrosses. On the way back to the mainland we stopped to snorkel and attracted a number of colourful fish with our left over sandwhiches.

We took advantage of the warm weather and sat out on the beach every evening under the palm trees to sip on fresh fruit cocktails.

For photos - http://picasaweb.google.com/trevallion74/PuertoLopezIslaDeLaPlata

For video -

Whale watching - http://www.jumpcut.com/view/?id=604121B659E411DD8715000423CF0184

Rolling Sea Lion -

Crabs on the beach -

Posing Blue Footed Boobie -

permalink written by  billyandsophie on July 21, 2008 from Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
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