After 5 hours on the bus we get to Puerto Lopez, I jump into a "motor taxi" basically what you would call a tuktuk in thailand. It cost me $1 to get to the hostel, I felt guilty it was so cheap, so gave him a bit more.
I hadn't booked because the place I wanted to stay at said no availability, I didn't believe them so just rocked up hoping for the best. They did have a bed in a dorm wooooo. They passed me a towel ("Yes!!!!", I thought "I don't have to use my travel towel, woooo") and took me up and I had a bloody double bed! It wasn't a bunk bed, whattttt?! Amazing!!!
The hostal was gorgeous! Just perfect!
It was a tiny little seaside, fishing town, it seemed really nice.
I ended up meeting a girl called Holly who has same colour hair as me (first girl I'd met with this hair, also not natural) and is the same age, she's also British. We ended up having a couple beers together then she asked if I wanted to go meet a local guy for a drink, I was reluctant because it sounded like a date, she said she wasn't interested and would like it if I came, so I did...
Well that was the beginning of the end. We get to this reataurant, this dude was still working so we had a beer and waited. Then we headed across the road to the beach. He picked up some beers from the restaurant and went and got a few mates. I soon realised the fact that Holly cannot handle her drink, AT ALL. We all sat sharing a couple beers and some sugar cane drink (local spirit) and had a bit of a schmoke. She went mental, she took her trousers off and then ran into the sea, came back Iover so I gave her her trousers back and then she ran back into the sea whilst holding her trousers. Lol wtf?! I was getting concerned about her, she really couldnt handle her drink. A local guy tried to get me to go in the sea, no chance. It wasn't going to happen. It was really cold and I was enjoying Being dry and just chilling. This dude was really pushing me and didn't understand no. I was noticing a trend in Ecuadorian guys. He did make me 2 rings though, I do like them.
A couple lads that were in our dorm showed up and sat with us, they were concerned about Holly also. We tried to get Holly to go back to the hostal because she was soaked and hammered but she didn't want to. She wanted to go back to this dudes place. I was getting really pissed off. I couldn't just leave her but I didn't want to get into an uncomfortable situation. Holly started having ago at the guys from our dorm, being really rude to them, asking why they wanted her to go back to the hostal. I tried to explain that they were trying to look after her, then she shouted at me. She kept just having ago at people. I just wondered what the fuck I had got myself into.
I said to the lads from the dorm that I would go with her because I didn't trust the other guys. As soon as we got to the apartment she passed out, I wanted to bang my head against the wall. I told her I was going to count to 3 and if she didn't get up I was going to leave. She got up and went out the door then she twisted her ankle. I thought she had broken it at first with all the fuss she made. So one of the dudes carried her back up 3 flights of stairs. Argh fuck sake!! I still felt like I couldn't leave her in the state she was in, particularly with a potential broken ankle! So I went back up with her and she just passed out again. I had some more drinks but really wasnt feeling it. After an hour or so I was so tired I just wanted to go back to the hostal. I couldn't wake her up so sat on some steps in the apartment and ended up falling asleep. Bloody woke up at 930 in the morning to one guy with hid hand down my top trying to have a grope, asked him what he thought he was doing, freaked out, stood up in a daze, and looked for Holly, she had bloody left me. I was so angry. So I ran back to the hostal and had had a huge go at her. I opened the dorm room, all 5 people were in there, some sleeping, but I didn't even think abut that because I was so freaked out and angry. I had such ago at her. The only reason we were there, in that situation was because of her and I wouldn't leave her and she bloody left me without a care. I was fuming! I told her she was going to end up getting raped if she carried on acting like that. Complete idiot. She said "I find I'm more aware of my surroundings when I'm away", I explained she had no idea about her surroundings and was totally out of it. When I look back I still get really angry. At first she didn't say much and I took it as she wasn't that apologetic, looking back I think I embarrassed her by having ago infront of everyone.
The other reason I was annoyed was because I was meant to be getting picked up at 9.30am for my trip to the boobies but obviously missed that!
In all honesty I really wasn't sure about Holly after all that. We both had previously spoken about how we wanted to walk to the end of the beach which was about 2 miles, to see some rescued turtles, in a turtle sanctuary. I wasnt sure about going with her because I was still annoyed but figured I just need to put it in the passed and stop going on about it. I was pleased we went together. She was really apologetic on the walk and did actually feel really bad. She explained how she shouldn't smoke when she drinks because it sends her loopy. If she knew that then I don't know why she would do it in south america, especially as a female solo traveller and especially when we were in the situation that we were in - hey that's just me, I told her this and said I wouldn't be put in that situation again.
Anyways, so we came across interesting fish on our walk along the beach..
The beach was sooooooo quiet, hardly anyone on it at all. If you just wanted a beach to come to and relax and not see many people then this would be perfect.
Knowing I was seeing Tommy in a matter of days I didn't want to worry him or anyone, didn't want to say on phone/txt or blog, so decided to not to post this blog until I was with Tommy.
I ended up spending the next few days with Holly, first night she drank nothing, thank fuck I thought! It was just a chilled night, we went for some food, it was really tastey. Being with Holly made me realise my tummy had shrank and I didn't need much food to be full up, this made me happy haha! She had decided to do the whale watching and go to the island to see the blue footed boobies with me the following day. I had a couple mojitos and she had a couple teas then we went to bed.
We wake up bright and early the following day, go down for breakfast (scrambled eggs and toast of course). Then a German girl came and sat with me, she was also in my dorm, then Holly followed. Th German girl (again I can't remember her name) was also doing the tour. We all got ready and went together.
So, we all get picked up a meet the rest of the people doing the tour, about 15 of us. Get on our boat, I was so excited to get on a boat again. Then we were told it's an hour and a half on the boat to the island and of we were to see whales we would stop on the way, if not we would hope to see them on the way back. I was so excited for the boat trip, Holly and the German were moaning at the length, for me the longer the better. Maybe I'm strange but I fucking love being on at boat, especially when it's choppy.
On we get, then a bloke says he needs 3 people on the back of the boat, on top of the 2 engines, they didn't look like proper seats and it looked fairly easy to fall off the back because there was no where to lean ur back on. I instantly ran to the back and jumped on, then a couple did the same. Awesome I was back, right hand corner and the rest of the people were inside the boat facing each other, not even facing forward. Sweet deal I thought. I get told my corner is the sick corner, it anyone gets sick then they come to my corner, because of the wind. Everyone looked at my face and cracked up. Haha. Joyous! Luckily that didn't happen.
So we are going for about an hour, my bum had gone numb from the engines, it was quite entertaining at first, the water was really calm, everyone was pretty relaxed, I had my feet up leaned back a little, we were all anxiously and alertively looking for whales. Slowly loosing hope, then BOOM!! Never seen anything quite like it, fucking whales, like, right there!!! Ah man it really was incredible. We saw 2, then they disappeared. Waited for ages but nope didn't come back. Then we started moving again, we thought that was our lot, ohhhhhh noooooo!! We then saw a family. They were jumping and everything. It was so incredible, so much better than any of us thought it would be. Obviously we were only allowed to get so close to them, but they were still really close. Like, right there! We were only allowed to stay max 25 minutes around them, sos not to disturb them too much, if there's and young whale, only 15 minutes. Ah man it was so amazing! Never thought I'd ever see wild whales just hanging in their own environment. Pretty sure David Attinborough wished he was sat next to me. The group consisted of people mainly between 25-30 But we also had an older couple with us, late 60s I'd say, everyone was blown away by the whales. (I only have photos of the whales on my camera they will come when I'm home.)
So we head to the island were going to and the boat virtually comes to a stop, they say to look down and look for turtles, after about 5 minutes there are huge turtles around us, they are soooo lovely. The engine stayed off, i assume because of the turtles and the captain and Co captain use bits of wood to push to the bed of sea and get us a bit more towards the shore. We all jumped out and into the sea to get to shore...this is something I've always wanted to do, it's something I thought only happened in films, I jumped out and said how i felt like I was in a film like The Beach or something like that. They just laughed at me like I was a bit strange. Meh, suppose I am.
So we split into groups of 2 and start our tour around the island. Fucking blue footed boobies were everywhere. Ah man, I was so happy. I was definitely the most excited out of everyone, I got a shit ton of photos, 60 on my phone and about 200 on my camera. They were amazing and I learnt so so much about them. Their feet were really fucking blue, all different shades of blue. The women want with the men with the brighter blue feet.
We even saw a little chick that was only 12 days old, ah man it was so cute, trying to fly and alsorts. His/her feet were still white.
It was trying so hard to fly, it was sooooooo cute!
The chick's stay there for 3 months and then they pretty much fly over the ocean for 3 years, barely landing. This is when their feet go blue. They can dive into the water up to 25 meters deep, mental!!
The way they build their nest is by using their own excrement, a circle of their own excrement. With some sticks and stuff in as well, bit not many, mainly just on the ground inside the circle, this is so other birds know not to go near them. They just set their nests up in middle of pathways on the geound, really funny.
So the way they survive with only drinking salt water is because they have little things where they can separate the salt from the water, they just get rid of this through spitting or shitting. That's why all the cliff edges are white. Pretty incredible aye?!
The way the man woos the lady is by opening up his wings, it means he's up for it. The ladies fly around and look at the feet to choose which man they want. Then the man walk with a big strut, seeing them walk was so funny, the picked up their legs so high infront of them. This walk is sure to get the ladies!
They live for a out 17 years and wingspan is 5ft!
There are so many ways to tell the difference between the male and female boobies.
1- from the sound they make. The males have a soft whistle and the females have a honky sound, bit like a duck.
2- the eyes - the females have huge pupils.
3- the way they sit. When they are sat together the male is laid down with his head cuddled between his wings and the lady is standing up. Haha!
We also saw some other awesome birds, they were really cool too. I can't remember the names of them though.
So time to go do snorkeling we were told, back on the boat, sandwiches and banana cake passed to us. Then we see sea lions, the tour guide said he hasn't seen sea lions around these parts in about 18 years and he's not sure how safe it is to swim with them. Then someone was asking what these little little glowy fish were, apparently little jelly fish. He really wasn't selling the snorkeling to anyone. No one decided to go in. Ha!
So we headed back, I sat in the same place because I thought it was awesome. Sat back and relaxed like before then us 3 at the back nearly went flying off the back of the boat, we all held onto each other to keep us on and realised it wasn't going to be the relaxing boat trip like it was on the way there. Haha, 10 minutes in and I was absolutely drenched. It was so funny. Everyone else was dry apart from me. Even the bloke next to me was dry, it was as if there was a wall between us, it was so funny. The water was wild, we were going against the tide and it was honestly just mental. Everyone cracked up with how wet I got and eventually asked if I was "actually ok" (that's how they put it) - I was loving it, every wave and splash, hells yeah! The higher the wave the better! I think because we were at th back we felt it more, we were all shouting and laughing, everyone else was pretty quiet. Then Holly was sat somewhere where she got a bit dripped on and was screaming and moaning, people asked her if she wanted to swap with me haha. She really didn't like boats. By the end of it I got off the boat and was literally dripping, it was so funny. I could have done that all day.
After the trip Holly, the German girl, another girl (wow really can't remember anyones names lol) and I went back to our hostal and had a drink. I went up and Showered first. It was nice and relaxed. The other girl was explaining how Guiyquill was the most dangerous Cort in Ecuador, ha! That explained why I felt so unsafe there!!
(Nameless German girl)
Ended up just going for a few drinks and dinner, nothing mad. Holly was there so I suggested a bar next to the hostel, it was a winner. One flashing light. Cheap drinks. Job done!
The next day Holly and I decided to get on a bus to head to Montanita....