Galapagos Islands Isabella II

Aug 7th, 2003, 05:01 PM
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Well ,August 17th is right around the corner.
That is when you are leaving for Quito and on August 19th on the Isabella 2.
If you are able to get to an e- mail hook up , please send some information if you are able.
I do not leave until August 25th.
So I will check this message board just in case you are able to answer.
If not then we can chat after I get back on September 3rd.
I have been watching the temperature daily at Quito and the Galapagos for the past 2 weeks.
The temp has been as follows.
Quito..daytime high ranges from 66 to70F and 48 to 49F at night
Galapagos.. daytime temp. ranges from 74 to 77 F and nightime is from 66 to 68 F.
We are in the 80's in Edmonton now ,so it is cooler in Quito because of the elevation, but it is just nice at the Galapagos Islands.
And Lolo,we will let you know about the trip as per your request, and you let us know about Peru.
There is another lady, from Ohio, leaving for the Galapagos in late September and I am sure she will have valueable information of your trip also.
Bye for now
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Aug 10th, 2003, 08:37 AM
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Hi Percy

Thanks for the latest information....yes I can not wait...just a week from today.

The company I work for has an office in Ecuador and suggested the following restuarant in Quito:

La Cueva del Oso
Address: Chile No. 1046 y Venezuela esquina
Telephone: )593) )2) 2583 826

Mayra goes on to say that the city is very vunny and beautiful at night..." a different face in the evening."

Have a wonderful time and can not wait to hear about your you know the exact altitude in Quito..

Take care and will try to write while in on the ship.

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Aug 10th, 2003, 10:41 AM
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Hi lobster103
No!,I do not know the exact altitude of Quito but if I find out I will pass the info along.
I know that the altitude can make one light headed and tired and so they want to you do little in strenuous activities the first day.
In fact they may give you a drink at your hotel upon arrival ,for the change in altitude , the drink might be a ginger drink.( not sure).
One young fellow in a group did not want to take the drink because he felt he was macho enough and then he got sick for the next day or so .
So if they offer me anything to drink , re the altitude ,I will drink it.!!!
I have been looking at a lot of pictures that other have posted re their visit to the Galapagos,to see what they were wearing and it is just shorts, sandals,t- shirt, hat,etc. Nothing fancy.
Bye for now.
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Aug 10th, 2003, 10:46 AM
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Hi lobster103

Here is the web site for those good pictures.
The fellow did a good job.
There is six pages ,so as you scroll down after reading page 1, aand viewing the pictures of page #1, then click on page #2 and so on.
The islands that he visited will not be exactly where the Isabella 2 will go but for the islands we have in commom he make a good commentary and good pictures also.
It gives you a good idea of tours of the islands

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Aug 11th, 2003, 02:24 PM
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Hi Again

Okay I just got this info from Quito:
The altitude in Quito is 9250 feet ( 2850 meteres)
The altitude bothers some people for a while.
They say "drink lots of fluids , take it easy for the first day or two and eat smaller meals the first day."
Also there is a $25.00 USA departure tax to pay at the airport when you leave Ecuador.This is NOT payable when you leave for the Galapagos though,but only when you are returning home or leaving Ecuador for another place .

one more week and your gone !!!!
Percy is online now  
Aug 11th, 2003, 03:24 PM
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My travel agent suggested taking cash as many places do not take Credit Cards.

If you are taking your Visa card, call your card company and tell them you will be in Ecuador ....mention the dates so these unusual sales will not be stopped.

I was in Italy last Fall and a few people in my tour could not use their card because card company stopped payment.
Write to you in September!
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Aug 11th, 2003, 07:41 PM
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Thanks for the information re the credit cards.
I will call both Mastercard and Visa and check with them.
I will take enough cash for the meals, tips to all people involved snd some spending money.
I hear that on the Isabella 2 you can use your credit card..they may be a 10 % charge but that would not be bad for the convenience of using a card, if you need to.
Have a good trip and will talk to you in September
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Aug 15th, 2003, 12:16 PM
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Percy--I see that you tried to email me in late July. I did not get any message. I was the one who travelled on the Isabella II in late March.

It seems that you all are pretty much set to go. A couple of additional things have occurred to me: Try to take a sun hat with a tie that ties around the chin. I did not have such a hat, and I was forever trying to hold my hat on during the pangha rides and on windy islands. As for the altitude, I did not really notice it until I went to the springs at Pappilacta Pass the day after I arrived in Quito--we were light-headed when we were hiking around. They say that many people have trouble sleeping in the high altitude, so I would recommend taking some sleeping pills for your first night in Quito and any others that you might need.

Finally, I didn't have Tevas, I had the Nike water shoe. I never changed my shoes on an island--I either wore the water shoes or my sneakers depending on what the guides suggested at each nightly briefing (wet landing or dry landing).

Let me know if you have any remaining questions.

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Aug 16th, 2003, 03:34 PM
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Thnaks for the added information, I will do as you have said re the hat ties and the sleeping medication.
I also will wear sneaker (Rebok or Niki) ,I tried Tevas but they just did not feel right to me and you have to be comfortable.. I have wet my new sandals down several times and went for a few walks to sort of break them in.
Yes I am leaving August 25th.
If you think of any last minute info I am at [email protected]
Thanks again Kristin
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