First couple of days in Paradise
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
23Trip End Nov 20, 2011
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The northern area of the island is real wild, wild West. Cactuses reaching for the sky, tumble weed rolling in the breeze, and any real trees were bleached white by the Ecuadorian sun
I have to add at this stage that not all was well in Paradise. Yet again I had eaten a little too locally and had another bout of food poisoning – fortunately not Typhoid as I convinced myself for a good few hours. Anyway, my only real desire, and I know it sounds terrible considering I had just got to the Galapagos, was to hole up in a hotel until the worst had passed.
A few antibiotics, several gallons of water and 48 hours later, I was alive again. I ventured off into the daylight and found a little fish market on the waterfront. I knew it was a fish market because there was about 20 pelicans and a few sea lions pestering some men in wellies. The pelicans were playing a cunning game of grandmother’s footsteps trying to get closer to the fish while the fishermen were otherwise engaged chatting up the local ladies! At this point I met a Kiwi guy called Tim and we decided to head off to meet "Lonesome George", a giant 150 year old tortoise on the Charles Darwin Research Centre just out of town
In the afternoon, Tim and I headed to the Tortuga Bay which is a beach a couple of kilometers from town. I was feeling much better at this point despite having lost lunch (just keeping people up to date). The first beach we came to had a cracking swell and I was pretty envious of the few surfers that were making the most of it. However it was the lagoon beyond that we had been told would be more appropriate to our needs. On the way we came face to face with several marine iguanas all spitting at us. I thought these mini dinosaurs were hilarious with their ugly little faces and scaly bodies. Apparently they are their own micro desalination plants as they are unable to digest the vast amounts of salt they ingest with their diet of sea algae. Considering they began life many moons ago as land iguanas and it was only the lack of land based food that forced them to hunt underwater. Now that’s evolution folks. Amazing! The lagoon beyond was pretty cool and I had a paddle and got quite artsy with the old point and shoot.
That evening we rendezvoused at a little bar where I happened to catch up with a couple I’d met in Guayaquil so we all had dinner together. And yes, I kept it down! All in all a very good if belated start to my Galapagos adventure.