And onwards to San Cristobal

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Leon Dormido

Flag of Ecuador  , Galápagos,
Thursday, April 14, 2011

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 329
Temperature : 32 degrees
Weather : Sunny and Rainy


Galapagos Day 9 was a washout. It rained from late morning almost all day until late afternoon. There was no chance to get out and about to see things and take photos.

Galapagos Day 10 was the day that we caught the boat over to San Cristobal. Here was I thinking that we could go out on the "ferry" deck and take some photographs or sit inside and have a coffee. Well, I obviously hadn't thought about this. We were not travelling on a comfortable ferry, nope, we were travelling on a teeny tiny, but very fast speed boat, with about 20 Ecuadorians squeezed in beside us. Now I am sure there must have been some life or death emergency on San Cristobal, because the driver of our boat was hell bent on completing the 2 hour journey in about 15 minutes. In fact, we were travelling so fast that I swear the entire boat was out of the water on several occasions, only to come crashing down into the water again with such ferocity that us passengers were thrown out of our "seats"! I honestly thought that the boat was about to break up on several occasions. Plus, the wind and waves and spray somehow managed to come backwards into the open air seating area and 90 % of passengers sat soaked for at least an hour and a half as the spray continually drenched us. None of this did any good for our sea sickness, and despite taking some Dramamine, which left me half comatosed (they make you drowsy!) I was left gripping to the side of the boat in a stupor trying to stare with great concentration at the horizon, only about 15 seconds from spewing my guts up! Lets just say I've had better boat journeys!

We finally arrived in one piece in San Cristobal which is remarkably different from Santa Cruz. Although the town is significantly smaller than Puerto Ayora, it has a large promenade and walkway the entire length of it, giving it a lovely open air feel and beautiful views over the bay. There are hundreds of sea lions here, many more than in Puerto Ayora. On the other hand, there are less crabs, iguanas and pelicans. There is a nice beach only 10 minutes walk from town which is lovely, however, beware of the sea lions that you share the waters with….as I discovered, when I found myself a few metres away from a swimming sea lion….they’re not so friendly!! The only down side to the town is that there are far fewer restaurants and cafes than in Puerto Ayora, and the cheap food is all fast food…I say cheap, but we are still talking $6-7 for a hamburger. Any decent food will cost around $10-16.
Just as well we are only here for a few days…otherwise we’d be bankrupt!!



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