There was a day trader named Honcho.
Honcho Extreme to be exact.
6 months ago he won a contest to visit Jordan with us.
Six months later Mr. Honcho has something incredible to celebrate. Via our inner circle of traders he decided to start making money with penny stocks. While we won’t get into technicalities of the strategy used he is up over $200,000 since the beginning of the year.
This of course was an excellent reason to commemorate the year correctly.
We decided to visit the Galapagos Islands to celebrate and it couldn’t have been a better trip. We have to thank Quasar Expeditions for inviting us and for having an excellent experience. We would certainly recommend them for an unforgettable experience to one of the most unique places on Earth.
There are a total of 13 main islands and 6 smaller ones. The cruise itineraries are split into two distinct regions, the south east islands (bottom right) and the north west islands (top left).
The central islands may be included in parts of these two itineraries.
One thing that isn’t commonly mentioned is that a cruise isn’t required to visit the Galapagos. Most visitors do take a cruise because it is easier. Quite honestly, it is not the same experience without being on a cruise.
Just make sure you do on a cruise.
The ocean was mostly calm and we didn’t have many rough seas. We maximized time on the beautiful MY Grace Yacht by traveling after dinner and arriving at our destination in the very early morning.
The visits and time spent on islands is very strictly controlled by the authorities. Tourists can only stay at locations between certain park hours and itineraries are scheduled in advance to maximize conservation.
I plan on sharing best practices and things you need to know about visiting the Galapagos Islands soon.
One rule of thumb is to make sure that a small ship is selected. This is one of the reason why we loved our trip so much onboard the MY Grace. Not only was there exceptional food, service, and 72 year olds jumping off the top of the yacht, but there was a small group of people.
This ensured that we were able to actually enjoy our time with nature and the animals rather than spending time with other tourists. I would high recommend choosing a ship that has no more than 20 people. There are actually ships that have up to 100 people on them! Can you imagine that?
This would be okay for a place like Antarctica but not for Galapagos.
There are two main airports that receive international flights from Quito and Guayaquil in mainland Ecuador. We arrived on the island of San Cristobal and left from the main airport on the island of Baltra.
We arrived around midday and immediately boarded the boat and headed on our way to San Cristobal. I do expect that most companies maximize time by having half days on the first and last day of the trip.
We were very lucky to able to see absolutely everything. I can also attest to having one of the best tour guides on the yacht that was making sure we would stay far away from other ships. This made it a very serene and exclusive experience.
We even want to charter the yacht in the future for our day traders and do the northern route. Who wouldn’t want to visit and dive with a huge number of Hammerhead Sharks?
Here was our full itinerary:
- Day 1
- San Cristobal Islandz: PM – La Loberia
- Day 2
- Espanola Island: AM – Punta Suarez/PM – Gardner Bay
- Day 3
- Floreana: AM – Post Office Bay/PM – Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant
- Day 4
- Santa Cruz: AM – Highlands/PM – Tortoises Breeding Center
- Day 5
- Santa Cruse: AM – Las Bachas/PM – The Channel
- Day 6
- Rabida: AM – Red Beach/PM – Sullivan Bay
- Day 7
- Bartolome: AM – Summit & Pinnacle Rock/PM – Shore Line Walk
Look forward to sharing all of the unique experiences while we were on the cruise. Everything from swimming inside a school of fish, snorkeling with sharks, a baby sea lion coming up to us and flirting, giant tortoises, and incredible sunsets.
One of the most exciting highlights for me was the fact that the Galapagos Islands was the last major tourist attraction to visit in South America. Every single country and every major attraction. The Galapagos Islands is definitely on the top of that list.
Until next time.. stay safe my friends.