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Re: At last........ India Photos!

Postby Rosaboobie » Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:07 am

Lol, I seemed to have a pooping effect on some animals, it seems ha ha!

No, I definitely did not see a fox - but the proper name of the Indian wild dog is Dhole.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhole

I have to say that this holiday surpassed even my own high expectations - I can honestly say it was one of THE best holidays I have ever been on. We stayed in luxury accommodation all along the way - one "cottage" was even bigger than my house here! - and I loved the Indian people - they never pestered you or begged from you, unlike in Kenya, even though the majority of them are extremely poor. And the food was to die for - 3 weeks of nonstop Indian food is my kind of heaven, although a couple of the chutneys and sauces were a little too hot for me.
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Postby Winfrey » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:22 am

WOW!!!! Done with the first set.... loved the wild dog...so cute and those tigers!!!! Thank you been waiting for these... now onto the second set... then back to the first.
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Postby draclvr » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:38 am

So, where are you off to on your next adventure?
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Postby Rosaboobie » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:51 pm

I go to Ecuador in a month's time - a 13 day cruise around the Galapagos Islands with just 15 people on board - plus a 4 day add-0n to the Amazon rainforest.

This is the blurb from the travel agent's website:-

"The Galapagos Islands, surely, need no introduction. Ancient seafarers called them the Enchanted Isles, recognising their unique landscape and extraordinary fauna, but it was Charles Darwin who drew them to the world’s attention. By observing the fascinating changes and adaptations made in the birds and reptiles through thousands of years of isolation on these predator-free islands, Darwin was able to formulate his theory of evolution.

The Galapagos Islands form a large archipelago straddling the equator some 960 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador. Of volcanic origin, they are beautiful islands with great variety and often bizarre form; each island with its own peculiar shape and charm. There are volcanic peaks, strange lava fields, beautiful sandy bays, and clear seas, perfect for snorkelling in the sheltered coves. Their natural history is outstanding — so much of it endemic. 28 bird species, from the Small Ground Finch to the magnificent Waved Albatross, occur nowhere else in the world. There are giant tortoises, prehistoric-looking Land and Marine Iguanas, colourful crabs such as the Sally Lightfoot, and even a Galapagos Snake. Most appealing of all is the tame and obliging nature of this extraordinary wildlife; it is a photographer’s paradise — a telephoto lens is usually unnecessary.

Our 2-week cruise is special. We avoid the routine, large and luxury motor vessels, and their noisy crowds, by chartering our own vessel, the elegant First Class motor yacht Beluga, which accommodates 16 passengers in 8 comfortable, air-conditioned cabins. This provides a freedom, flexibility and group independence essential to the specialist nature of our holiday. Moving at our own pace, we will have a greater chance to enjoy these islands to the full, and to benefit from the knowledge of our expert naturalist-guide.

We will aim to visit all the major islands and many smaller ones, starting and ending our cruise on Baltra Island. At Academy Bay, on Santa Cruz Island, we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise breeding station, and make a trip up to the highlands to look for the reptiles in the wild. We will walk amongst spectacular volcanic scenery on Bartolome Island, and we will swim amongst fur seals and Sea Lions from the beaches on James Island. With a mixture of night-time voyages (for the longer navigations) and shorter day-time sailings, we will explore each island for its own peculiar wildlife specialities. On Espanola we should see the magnificent Waved Albatross in December and January (and, in August, its remarkable courtship display) together with thousands of nesting seabirds and colourful Marine Iguanas. Genovesa, way to the north, hosts huge colonies of frigatebirds and Red-footed and Masked Boobies, plus a population of storm-petrel hunting diurnal Short-eared Owls. Fernandina, geologically the newest of the islands and volcanically active as recently as 2009, offers wonderful scenery with spectacular isolation. Endemic Flightless Cormorants breed here and we must keep an eye to sea for the chance of a passing pod of Killer or Bryde’s Whales.

As we cruise between the islands, there is time to read, relax and keep a tour diary. There will be time to sea-watch, enjoying our quiet companions the petrels, shearwaters, gulls and boobies, and to keep an eye out for dolphins playfully swimming in the bow-wave of our boat.

In Ecuador, after our cruise, we offer a choice between spending a day visiting and birdwatching on Antisana, a magnificent volcano permanently adorned with snow, and a day at Otavalo, an Indian town to the north of Quito with one of the best indigenous markets in South America. We also offer an extension to Sacha Lodge in the Amazon Jungle, enjoying the rich birdlife of the area and the various trails and dug-out canoe excursions that enable a thorough exploration of this area of the great Amazon rainforest."

And then I have a 4 day extension to Sacha Lodge - if you have the time, just look at the Sacah Lodge video. It looks awesome!

http://www.sachalodge.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQ ... Annx8P8HAQ

And I get to see the REAL Boobie!
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Postby draclvr » Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:47 pm

Wow... just wow. This one has the potential to be even better than India!
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Postby Val » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:18 am

I agree, Drac! Wow! Sacha Lodge looks amazing. You are going to have the experience of a lifetime RB!
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Postby draclvr » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:52 am

I would have a hard time leaving the Sacha Lodge!
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Postby mbday630 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:22 am

OMG. That Sacha lodge is totally amazing. This looks like even more fun than India to me. I would love to live there. It really seems like paradise with the birds singing and the water. I am sooooo jealous.
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Postby LadyKestrel » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:45 pm

It looks and sounds like a lovely trip, RB.
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Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:23 pm

I rang up Naturetrek last week and asked if they could divulge to me who exactly I was sharing a cabin with. Apparently the lady who I was supposed to be sharing with has pulled out - fingers crossed they dont sell this spare ticket, then I can have the cabin all to myself ha ha.

This is the schooner Cachalote I am staying on. I am not a good sailor so I just hope it wont be too rough! I have ordered some ginger tablets to take with me.

https://cruisethegalapagos.co.uk/galapa ... Ajq_8P8HAQ

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Postby draclvr » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:59 pm

Especially considering how small everything is, it would be wonderful to not have to share the cabin! But what a beautiful sailing yacht. Where will you depart from on the yacht? What will the weather be like?
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Postby Rosaboobie » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:49 pm

Eeek - my tickets came in the post today - Now I really AM excited lol! It appears that they have only been able to sell 10 of the 16 seats on this trip, and have therefore handed back the spaces for the Cachalote to try and sell.

I am ashamed to say that I really know nothing about the Glapagos Islands - never knew before last week that it was in Ecuador or that it was on the Equator - but it looks like this holiday will be a bit warmer than it was in India! I googled and came up with this:-

"Visiting The Galapagos Islands in January - If you prefer a tropical climate with warmer waters, then January is the perfect month to visit In January, the warm season is now in its full splendor. Mornings tend to have sunny blue skies, and after the temperatures rise, it's common to have afternoon showers. The guarua fog that was prevelant the past several months is almost nowhere to be seen. January average Max. temperature: 85°F (29°C) January average temperature (January): 80-83°F (26-28°C) Avgerage Sea temp.: 76°F (24°C) Average January Total Rainfall: 2.4” (60mm)"

Quoted from my itinerary - "During the morning we transfer to Quito airport for the flight to Galapagos. For fourteen days we will cruise slowly from island to island in our beautiful chartered schooner, the Cachalote. We will spend as much time as possible ashore, in order to study the fascinating natural history of these unique islands. As the archipelago is large, and many of the most interesting islands lie on its periphery, we will need to make some fairly long sea voyages. Most of these will be undertaken at night, whilst we are sleeping, but there will also be some daytime sailings, giving you lengthy periods of leisure when you may either relax or watch for seabirds, dolphins and whales.
Our exact itinerary will depend on the program we receive from the National Park Authority. It is important that the scientists carefully monitor the numbers of tourists on each island on any given day. "

I am very pleased to see that the National Park Authority are strict in the monitoring of how many people should be on the one island on any one day!
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Postby draclvr » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:01 pm

Given my background and degree in Wildlife Biology, I would be in sheer HEAVEN! And the weather sound fabulous. Take along gallons of sunscreen!
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Postby Rosaboobie » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:32 am

I had forgotten about your Degree and your "previous life" Drac!
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Re: At last........ India Photos!

Postby Rosaboobie » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:36 pm

This is a video I have been trying to share with you for a while now - taken from our open top safari jeep - and which shows you just how close we were to Maya, the tigress. This was the very first tiger I saw on my trip. She has an 18 month old daughter and she was searching for her, after being out hunting - as she passed us, she suddenly gave out this haunting cry, calling for her daughter, which unfortunately is not on this video.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/oef79xlcyquwc ... o.mp4?dl=0
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