Not much to do

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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Trip End May 09, 2008


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Galápagos Voyager

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Schedule:
San Cristobal Island - Chatam:  land surface: 558 sq km, height 730m
Leon Dormido - Kicker Rock
06:15 Boat (Galapagos Voyager) ride for 2 times around, to look for frigate birds nesting.
07:00 Breakfast and sailing for 1 hour

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Interpretation Center
08:45 Dry landing at the dock to take a boat ride for 5 min
11:45 Back on board for lunch

Loberia Beach
15:00 Dry landing at the dock to take a bus and ride for 8 min for a walk and optional swimming activity.


We cruised overnight to San Cristobal, and arrived at 6:15am at Leon Dormido at sunrise.   Leon Dormido are two steep rocky islands with seabirds breeding on them.   We saw a few male frigate birds with their bright red pouches, but they were quite far away and you needed to really look through binoculars to see any detail.  Shari is better but still not feeling good enough to eat, and skips breakfast.  Julie, one of our fellow passengers is nice enough to give us some rehydration salts to help out.

After breakfast we headed to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to visit the interpretation center.   As we approached the dock, we saw several more sea lions sleeping all on the boats in the harbor, and everywhere near the dock.  The interpretation center was OK, it had some pictures and maps. But mainly it had textual information about the history of Galapagos.  We said farewell to Fernando, our fellow Argentinian passenger who was leaving us that day and caught the bus ride back to town.  Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is a quaint little town with a few shops and restaurants.  We didn't buy much except for some postcards, stamps and juice for Shari.

After lunch, it started to pour down rain.  William radios to us that we are getting 2 new passengers, but their plane couldn't land due to poor visibility, and had to be redirected to Baltra. So he was still on the island waiting for them to come in.  Everyone is hesitant at 2:30 to go back out for a walk or swim as the weather still looked nasty.  But by 4:00pm, we all head out (except for Shari who decides to stay back and recuperate more).  We took the dinghies back to Puerto Bazquerizo Moreno, followed by a bus ride towards Loberia Beach.   Loberia Beach is known for its sea lions and the largest marine iguanas in the Galapagos.    We tried 3 different attempts to get to the beach, but were stopped each time by flooded streets.  I was hoping the bus would try to go through and get stuck, as it would make for a good story, but we ended up turning back every time.    After the 3rd attempt, we just headed back to town and hung out in a pub to drink some beer.
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