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7 februari 2016
Road tripping to the Galapagos
We soon discovered that car rental in Chile is not only more expensive than in Europe, the quality is also a bit different. Our insurance didn't include tire punctures, so we had a flat tire the second day. Unlucky for some, but lucky for Erno, because he could finally show off his tire-changing-abilities. Fortunately it wasn't close to the village 'nada es peor'!
A close inspection of the tires revealed a severe lack of profile, so we asked Europcar for a car with better tires (which they eventually found after first offering us another car suitable for aquaplaning).
With this car we went to the mythical island of Chiloe. Here an irresistable gnome seduces virgins. This mythical explanation of unwanted pregnancies reminded us of the evil river dolphin in the Amazon (who is said to be the father of many white babies...)
We soon found out that the penguins were not a myth. We especially liked their clumsy way of climbing out of the water :) The blue whale was a bit more mythical. We saw a small bit of its tail, but apparently people saw it better on all other trips.
On the way back to Santiago we did some hikes and some rafting in the Andes. But our favorite way of going trough rapids is hidrospeeding!! We did this in Pucon, a tourist town on the Chilean ring of fire (which means there are a lot of active vulcanoes). People here take the vulcano alarm just as serious as the weather alarm in the Netherlands. One day the alarm went off and nobody reacted. When asked, the Isrealis in our hostel said they felt at home in Pucon, because they have this kind of alarms daily at home (by the way: it turned out to be a fire alarm).
We had a little homesick moment because of the long traffic jams and good coffee in Pucon.
Our last two days in Chile, we spend in Santiago visiting friends. We saw a lot of bars and a mall with dead people. There was no earthquake, but we experienced the same feeling drinking a terremoto cocktail. And after two days we were completely adapted to the Santiago dinner time (around 22:30).
Now we're at the Galapagos after waking up way to early (2:45) and paying several entrance fees (to get paper nr. 1, paper nr. 2, paper nr. 3, etc.). And so far it seems to be worth the money and writing down our data at several forms. The harbour at least was very promising: there were sharks, marine iguanas, crabs, sea lions and the famous blue boobies (=a bird!).
Luz y Erno
Ps. Expect one picture each week considering the fact that internet on the Galapagos is very slow!
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8 februari 2016 10:39 | Door: Douwe
Het leven klinkt goed daar in Zuid-Amerika! Haaien, vulkanen, blue boobies... en toch ben ik het benieuwdst naar Erno met haar! ;)