Local life in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)

We went to the Galapagos islands, because we love nature and animals. To be at the right place at the right time to get to see the animals in their natural habitat was our biggest aim for this trip. We landed in Baltra Airport and took the bus to Puerto Ayora. Sitting in the right side of the bus, we saw several giant tortoises on our way. After getting to Puerto Ayora we were positively surprised how the people and animals pretty much live together.

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Just passing by the fish market on our way to Galapagos Best Hostel – our home for the next 6 nights

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It almost look like, that Esben wants a lobster as his pet wlEmoticon-rollingonthefloorlaughing Local life in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz). Well the lobsters here are amazing in size and numbers!

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Check out this “monster”, which only cost 60 USD on a restaurant at “Los Kiosko”. The lobsters that we had on “Die Stahratte”, we ate one each. I am pretty sure that I would not be able to eat this one alone, but I know that Esben would give it a try, and then complain about his stomach afterwards. A lobster of this size is for four people!

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“Los Kiosko” is a street that gets closed of for cars every night at 6:00 pm, and the restaurants set up tables on the street. The street is touristy, but the atmosphere is great. The prices are decent, and if you go for lunch it is cheaper, but less to choose between. So visit the “Los Kiosko”.

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We didn’t go for the big lobster, but meet up with our new friends Sally and Collins (Mr. and Mrs. Smith). We had a local dish with seafood in a peanut butter sauce – it was good.

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Together with the meal we had three drinks for 10 USD – not bad for Galapagos. Here everything is more expensive, but a lot of things is still cheaper than at home (in Denmark). If you want to know how much money we used during our stay on the Galapagos, check out this overview: “Expenses in the Galapagos Islands (23 days of travel)”. You can also see what we paid for all our activities/tours.

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If you want to eat where the locals eat? Go to the street called “Duncan”, where you can get amazing empanadas for 1-2 USD.

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You can also get grilled intestines, that taste good, but not great… because they are chewy. In the long run, when you chew a lot, it is just a little bit to much – okay we have tried it wlEmoticon-winkingsmile Local life in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz). The grilled intestines are served with salsa, corn and fried potato (right picture).

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For my birthday we went to Midori Sushi and Pub. A British inspired pub that serves sushi.. The first Friday each month they have all you can eat sushi, and I was so lucky that my birthday was on Friday the 1st of September this year! It was really good sushi and I did have all I could eat.

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Actually most meals we cooked ourselves. Got groceries in the local supermarket and went back to the fish market to buy fresh tuna or white fish. A good piece of tuna was 7-8 USD, which we could cut into 4 tuna steaks, for two dinners. It is a lot cheaper to cook your own food, and you can make it more healthy by adding vegetables. When you eat out, the dishes lack vegetables, but has a lot of white rice.

Buying fresh tuna – love it wlEmoticon-redheart Local life in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)

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Sometimes I had to stand in line at the fish market

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Everybody wanting a piece of the “cake”

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The result – homemade tuna burger

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After it gets dark (daylight is from 6 am to 6 pm – we are close to the equator) you can see baby sharks from the dock. Amazing – we love it wlEmoticon-redheart Local life in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)

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