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DAY 3 ISABELA - ACTION PACKED - Part 1

After our breakfast we decided to go back down to the pier to see if there would be an opportunity for me to snorkel and perhaps be joined by some playful sea lions. No luck today as the pier was crowded with tourists and I didn't even go in the water. Afterwards we walked along the beach by the pier and took in the scenery; meaning the sea lions. Before heading back to our neck of the woods, I stopped by a nearby stall and had some fresh coconut and Tom had a beer. After drinking the coconut milk the gentleman scraped out the meat for me. It was both refreshing and filling. So we walked towards the beach that was closer to where we stayed. Tom decided to do some walking around and I parked myself on the beach. The water was refreshing and the sand soft - no rocks in the water. Sometimes when you entered the water the water was so clear you could look and see small schools of fish that hovered around your ankles. I didn't stay long in the water and sat back watching the young kids playing in the waves, while the young lovers stood holding each other tightly as the waves rose up against their closely attached bodies. Oh to be young (or at least that young again!). When Tom had finished his walk he came by and told me had been to a lagoon and had seen marine iguanas, flamingos and other colourful looking birds. I suggested we grab beer and go back to our room where I could change then we could go to the lagoon together. At this point during the day it was just around 1:00 p.m.

So off we went. We were heading straight towards the beach area where the bars end. To the immediate right, was a signed pathway that told us we were walking the lagoon trail. We followed the path and at various spots saw a few flamingos together and then at other times there was only one or two together with marine iguanas also swimming about. The flamingos would stand so graceful on their one legs. The sun was such that when I took the pictures of the flamingos we were able to see their reflections in the water. I tried to "Google" when I got back to our room to find out why Flamingos stand on one foot. There was no clear answer. It was suggested that standing on one leg may have something to do to regulate their heating system. We also saw another bird with a much smaller body that was black and white. the legs were long and slim a stunning colour of a reddish pink. We did not know what the of bird it was, but it was very attractive looking bird. As the pathway to the lagoon ended another stone pathway emerged and we decided to see where that went. To our pleasant surprise, this led us to the tortoise breading centre. This day was becoming quite full......each of our adventures offered so much more than we ever expected; so began to understand, that most of adventures would be be at least 1/2 to 3/4 of a day long. But that was no problem. If hot we could grab a beer, or drink water, or I'd go for a swim. We decided to follow the path to to Tortoise Breeding Centre.....and so starts our later afternoon 3rd adventure of the day.

Shucks, I'm shy

Shucks, I'm shy


On my way to snorkel at Concha de Perla...

On my way to snorkel at Concha de Perla...


Walking along the lagoon trail

Walking along the lagoon trail


Villamil Lagoon Trail

Villamil Lagoon Trail


One of the many flamingos at the lagoon

One of the many flamingos at the lagoon


Villamil Lagoon

Villamil Lagoon


Reflections

Reflections


Solitary....

Solitary....


Why?

Why?


More flamingos

More flamingos


and further down the pathway...

and further down the pathway...

Posted by Rhondalee 17:00 Archived in Ecuador

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