Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami alert in the Galapagos - we are safe in Quito

We woke up this morning at 5 to head to the Galapagos.As we got to the airport, we first understood there would be delays because of "weather conditions".  A few minutes later we were told our flight got cancelled as an 8.9 quake hit Japan yesterday and a tsunami wave is now heading towards Ecuador.

We were obviously really disappointed and we only realised how bad it was in Japan when we left the airport. A taxi driver told us Ecuador as well as Chile, Peru, Colombia and Panama are in state of emergency

The isla Baltra where we were supposed to land is being evacuated and all the flights for the next few days are fully booked. It's not looking good.

We now have 4 options:
1- Lose our tickets, which is not really appealing
2- Postpone the flight until March 2012
3- Get lucky and manage to get a flight tomorrow if no damage is reported on the island
4- Take another flight to the city of our choice for the same price

We'll let you know how it goes.

We of course hope the Galapagos will be spared. Fingers crossed

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