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Old Jun 2nd, 2004, 12:20 PM
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Hi Patty:

We explored the dome and everything also, but we were the only ones there for the night, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

We had a similar funny story but in Quito. We stayed at the Cafe Cultura, and walked in to see a couple from London that was on our Galapagos boat sitting in front of the fire. We caught up with them a little bit. They ended up leaving a couple nights before us.

My friend and I also saw a Galapagos shark snorkeling at Devil's crown, and we saw three penguins on land and in the water from our panga on Floreana. Our guide took us for ride in the morning after visiting the Post Office and the cave, and before snorkeling since we had time.
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Hi Patty-
I'm not sure if you are still checking this site for messages, but if you are...My husband and I are going to Ecuador and the Galapagos in August and have booked the Archipel. My husband and I scuba dive and are planning on bringing some of our own equipment, so weight is going to be a problem for us on the TAME flights. Can I get away with just a few pairs of shorts and t-shirts and a couple of bathing suits? Did you find that you needed anything warmer? Was there anything that you wished you had brought or left behind?

Also, what was the general makeup of people on the boat? From your photos, you look about the same age as my husband and myself. I wondered if there was a wide age range. What about nationalities?

We are spending about 5 days in Quito with visits to Otovalo and Cotopaxi. Anything else that we should not miss in Quito?


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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 10:48 AM
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Hi ksegers,
We found that we had brought more clothes than necessary. The Archipel is very casual and we wore tank tops/t-shirts and shorts everyday. Bring a light jacket for evenings as it can get cold on deck at night with the wind and maybe one pair of long pants (or get a pair of the zip off convertible kind) as it could be a little cooler in August than in May. I don't know if you are doing the full 7 days starting from San Cristobal, but if you are, you should be able to get some laundry done when they stop at Puerto Ayora midway through the cruise as you are there most of the day. Just ask the crew where to go. The laundry service is inexpensive, about $1-2 per kilo for washed, dried, and folded in about 4 hours.

As far as passenger make up and ages, we had it all, from a grandmother to toddlers (yes, toddlers we were quite surprised too), but most were in the 30's to 40's range. There was another American family, a Belgian group, a Swiss couple, and a Russian couple, so quite a mix of nationalities.

In Quito, the Casa de Cultura had good archeology and art exhibits if that is something that interests you. Take a taxi to the Panecillo for a great view of the city. Stop at the equatorial monument if you want your picture taken on both sides of the equator

Hope this helps. Have a great time!
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