Do they not know who I am?
Obviously not as our names were not on the manifest. If you are not on the list you are not coming in. Or onboard in this case. The deep joy of standing on Isabella’s rickety harbour at zero five sparrow fart getting passed around blank looking Government officials.
Independent travel throws up these little anomalies from time to time and makes life interesting with the challenge to find resolution and or asses options. In this case, me looking sad in my safari suit and Sally trying the sorrowful puppy dog eyes, also waving a bit of cash at various Captains seemed to help. At the last minute, miraculously, some room was found up top and a very wet journey started.
Pretty cool actually, as from our wet vantage point we got to see a pair of Waved Albatross that followed us for half an hour. Effortlessly keeping up with our trio of 200hp outboards before tipping their wings and cruising off. Arriving in Santa Cruz and managing to sort the ferry mix up, followed by another two and a half hour particularly knarley boat ride, we find ourselves in San Cristobal for the final leg of our Galapagos epic.
The Royal Marines used to say, “You are not wet until water is running down the crack of your arse” well it was! After we found, with surprising ease this time a hostel, I treated the wife to another top notch restaurant for a slap up meal and normality was resumed.
San Cristobal is the last of our Galapagos epic and is from the formation four volcanoes. The main town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is where we stayed and is very safe, as is every Island we stayed on, a noticeable relief from having to watch yourself in Quito.
Still unable to explain what it is like being on the Islands, not like anything we have ever experienced before. It plays a lot on Darwin, who though only here for 5 weeks, gave him the kick for his Evolution Theory and you would have to come here to understand. Like a world reset button and totally unique.
A trip to the Centro Interpretation Centre of San Cristobal which was opened as a phase of the project “Plan of Interpretation and Environmental Education for the Galapagos Islands”. It was funded by the Government of Spain through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) in coordination with the Galapagos National Park and the support of the Charles Darwin Foundation. The second section describes the reality of today’s Galapagos: the problems and the struggle of several institutions and individuals to conserve Galapagos. www.sancristobalgalapagos.go
A slow 45 minutes trek to Cerro Tijeretas, named after the colonies of Frigate birds nesting in the trees, is a network of hiking trails that finally lead to a panoramic look out area over a protected bay, which is great for snorkelling. We had a very quick dip in the bay, absolutely freezing but a joy to swim alongside the resident sea lions.
We explored Las Loberias Beach by push bike, approximately a 15 minute ride, although it was very hot when we were there so plenty of fluid needed. As the sea was baltic cold we didn’t snorkel sadly with the sea lions on the beach this time.
Sally once again found a quirky tree house that offers overnight sleeping accommodation, we decided it was even too rustic and slightly damp for us but was a fun few hours. The construction of the tree house is quite amazing.
Our accommodation was very basic and in hindsight we should have moved, to get back into her good books I found an amazing bakery which we visited everyday!