I dived with Sharks!! Wow

Hi everyone! David here with a new post!

So do you guys like diving? I for sure do! So that post is about my dive experience in Colombia and what made me do it!

At my 1 month trip through Colombia I stayed a couple days at Taganga beach at Santa Marta. Right at the Caribbean Ocean and next to the Tayrona Park, it’s the perfect destination to do your dive certificate.

I did my Open Water Dive course at the Reef Sheperd dive center! Best thing I could have done!  http://www.reef-shepherd.com/en/home/  .The prices in Colombia are from another world.

My sister payed for the same course 600 dollars and I spend just 200 dollars for everything! So if you’re planning to do a course, do it in Colombia!

But what made me do it? Why did I decide to dive? In all these years I was never really interested in doing it or trying it out till I went to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. IT CHANGED EVERYTHING!

In my 6 days stay, I spent 4 days at the Island Santa Cruz. Snorkelling, hiking, swimming in the turquoise water, white sand and Iguanas laying around made my trip unforgettable.

Walking by tons of Dive Shops, pictures of the beautiful undersea world and seeing that crystal clear water made me start to wonder, what is there in the depths of the sea? I couldn’t resist and had to do a dive! But wait a second? Without a Dive Certificate it is impossible to go diving right? Wrong!

Most of the Dive Shops at the Galapagos Islands offer Discovery dives that allow you to dive together with a dive instructor to a depth of 12 meters max. So the day finally came and I spend my 170 dollar for my first dive! What an experience.

My first Dive at Galapagos

First we stopped near the actual diving point to do a test dive and get to know all the rules. The team did a pretty awesome job explaining everything I needed to know to feel safe.

After a quick instruction in the water we headed to our diving point and dived.

When I finally got used to the depth and the breathing I started realising the beauty under water, the colours, different fishes and flowers. It is latterly an untouched world.

As we dives deeper and deeper we came by some sharks. GET OUT OF THERE, might be the first thought, but no, you can actually dive with them or lets at least say next to them.

Here are some shots they took from the group of Reef Sharks we saw.

The colours just blew me away and how shiny everything was. It also felt so close. Like I could actually touch them.

So what I realised is, that there is so much more to explore in the world than just what we see every day in our lives. The ocean covers a huge part of the world but you actually don’t even know a lot about it. So if you ever have the chance to dive at Galapagos just do it. It was mesmerizing.

So thanks for reading my blog and I hope to see you again on my channel. I will post a video about my dive soon!

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The Basilica del Voto Nacional at Quito

Ancient churches in Quito

Today I am going to tell you about my favourite church in Quito and show you some picture I took.

The Historical centre of Quito is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site and known as one of the best preserved old towns in Latin America. This neighbourhood is full of plazas, museums and churches. One of the most interesting churches was this one.

The Basilica del Voto Nacional

The Basilica del Voto Nacional is the largest of all churches at Quito and inspired by Bourges Cathedral in France.

It is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the World. The construction began in 1887 and was almost finished by 1909. Local legend says that when the Basilica is completed, the end of the world will come. So it technically remains ‘’unfinished’’. Like you can see on the picture, they are still in construction till today and it doesn’t look like they are going to finish it soon!

The Basilica is 140 m long and 35 meters wide. If you want to see the sanctuary you can pay a 1 dollar, the regular entry costs around 3 dollars. I think this is a fair price.

There are tours for a few dollars if you want to know more about the history of that church. We did it and it was worth it. At the end you can choose if you want to tip something and how much.

There is a lift inside which brings you up the upper floors and also staircases to climb the towers for a mesmerizing few over the city and the surounding mountains. Definitely nothing for you if you have a fear of heights. But if you get up there you will be able to take some great pictures.

Thanks for reading my post and taking the time, see you next time!

Thanks for reading my post! Hope to see you next time!

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The Basilica del Voto Nacional Quito

Ancient churches in Quito

Today I am going to tell you about my favourite church in Quito and show you some picture I took.

The Historical centre of Quito is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site and known as one of the best preserved old towns in Latin America. This neighbourhood is full of plazas, museums and churches. One of the most interesting churches was this one.

The Basilica del Voto Nacional

The Basilica del Voto Nacional is the largest of all churches at Quito and inspired by Bourges Cathedral in France.

It is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the World. The construction began in 1887 and was almost finished by 1909. Local legend says that when the Basilica is completed, the end of the world will come. So it technically remains ‘’unfinished’’. Like you can see on the picture, they are still in construction till today and it doesn’t look like they are going to finish it soon!

The Basilica is 140 m long and 35 meters wide. If you want to see the sanctuary you can pay a 1 dollar, the regular entry costs around 3 dollars. I think this is a fair price.

There are tours for a few dollars if you want to know more about the history of that church. We did it and it was worth it. At the end you can choose if you want to tip something and how much.

There is a lift inside which brings you up the upper floors and also staircases to climb the towers for a mesmerizing few over the city and the surounding mountains. Definitely nothing for you if you have a fear of heights. But if you get up there you will be able to take some great pictures.

Thanks for reading my post and taking the time, see you next time!

Thanks for reading my post! Hope to see you next time!

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Why I loved Quito Ecuador so much!

Why I loved Quito so much!

So, at almost the beginning of my trip I lived for two month in a guest family in Buenos Aires for two month. We were 4 people, my hostparents and one other student from Quito Ecuador, that was studying at a university at that time. So we exchanged numbers and one week later he had to go back to Ecuador over Christmas for 3 month.

Since I travelled through Ecuador I decided to text him. He was amazing. He invited me to live for free in his family’s home for 3 days. The house was huge with 5 dogs, I felt really welcomed.

That they we woke up really early, I had to search my jacket since I normally didn’t need one. Woth all my stuff packed like sun cream, jacket, backpack, sunglasses and water we left with the car for a hike!

Hiking up the hill? No, we took tha cable car!

A good thing to know is that the city Quito is 2850 meters over sea level.

We took a cable car up a mountain and ended up 4050 meters over sea level. NEVER in my life was I that much over sea level. The breathing was kind of hard and the 25 degrees were gone. It was really windy and around 6 degrees Celsius. Luckily I brought my jacket and a pullover with me. We walked around and I took some impressive shots from up there.

You can see over whole Quito witch is the capital of Ecuador.

This is a picture of an active Vulcano!

At night, without a lot of energy left, we went out for dinner and I ordered this huge Empanada von Viento witch means Empanada with Air. Just a small part of it was filled with cheese the rest was empty and covered in sugar, but I actually liked it!

Empanada con Viento, it was delicious!

Thanks for reading my post about Quito, there will more!

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Marine Iguanas Galápagos Island Santa Cruz Post 1

Galápagos Marine Iguana, Photography

The Galapagos Marine Iguana is a species only found on the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador.  These Iguanas have the unique ability to feed in the sea, making it a marine reptile.

These Iguanas lay around almost everywhere on the Galapagos Island, it almost seems like the sleep 24 hours a day. The swim, walk and sleep next to you and aren’t afraid of humans at all, which for me was kind of amazing. Of course there are much more animals on the island than just Iguanas. Sea Lions are also everywhere!

Galápagos Iguanas feed on algae. The large males dive to find there food, while the females and smaller ones feed during low tide in the intertidal zone. They live in colonies on rocky shores where they can warm up after a swim in the cold water.

If you want more information about Iguanas you can use my source Galápagos Iguanas.

Santa Cruz or San Cristobal

How do you get to the Islands?

Really simple! There are two airports, one at the Island Santa Cruz and the other at the Island San Cristobal. You will find direct flights from Quito or Guayaquil. Keep in mind that you have to wait in a separate line to buy the Tourist-Ticket for 100 dollars and check your bags before you can check-in with your flight company. The flight takes not more than 2 hours.

The Island Santa Cruz is much more touristic. You will see a lot of bars, restaurants and hotels at Puerto Ayora. A lot of beaches for snorkelling are in walking distance like the famous Tortuga Bay. There are some ATM’s so you don’t have to bringt a lot of money with you.

San Cristobal is much quieter and less touristy, but has still enough restaurants and hotels. The nature at San Cristobal is mesmerizing. All these Islands are volcanos and each one has its unique plants and surface. It is possible to Surf on that island.

Soon I will post the 2 round, in which I will tell you more about diving and the different beaches at the Island!

 

I hope you liked my post! Thanks for all your help and love!

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