From Canoa to Puerto lopez was meant to be quite an easy bus journey but as we are finding out, buses in Equador don´t seem to run to time. It was meant to take 4hrs and two different buses and ended up taking 8hrs and three different buses! But we did get to see a three year old shining a mans shoes at one of the bus stops, quite bizzare!
So once we finally arrived we found a hostel, and we managed to find quite a hippy place on the south end of the beach. It was full of youngish volunteers who were really friendly and asked us to play a game of Volleyball (a really popular game in Equador). So we obliged and i found out Becky is quite unco-ordinated but she has a mean serve!lol
After a good nights sleep, in the morning we booked ourselves on a tour to to Isla De Plata, which is considered the Poor Mans Galapagos. The boat journey took an hour and we were treated to many sightings of Manta rays from the boat including one doing a barrel roll in mid air! Once on the island we were straight into a three hour walk, where we saw the Frigate, Red-footed booby and the blue footed booby (all three birds are found on the Galapagos). With the latter we were littterly inches away from them and they are quite a fascinating looking bird with bright blue feet.
Once we finished our walk we were into the water for a bit of snorkelling and we got quite a treat. The snorkelling here was some of the best Becky and I have done, and was even better than some dives sites. As soon as you got in the water you were greated by beautiful Orange and Black Angelfish and we saw a numerous variety of fish including, Bumphead parrotfish, stingrays, porkcupine, black and white spotted pufferfish, and massive Trumpetfish.
We were well impressed with our Tour of the island and can quite clearly see why some call it the Poor mans Galapagos! Next stop - Banos.