Adios mainland Ecuador, Hola Galapagos!
Trip Start Jan 14, 2006
44Trip End Ongoing
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The time has finally arrived after 4 weeks of maintenance and provisioning to leave the dock and anchor out for the evening beyond the breakwater of the marina. We leave for the Galapagos tomorrow morning and wave goodbye to mainland Ecuador.
Our time here has been great, we've got loads done to the boat and had some great times in and around Salinas. One of our local friends here, Lister, has a brother who works in the national park on Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos and has agreed to introduce us for a great behind the tourism tour of the island. Lister is also thinking about coming with us on the boat to the Galapagos as he is fed up with his two jobs here and wants to go to stay with his brother and become a tour guide - he has very good English. He also knows many people in the islands so if he comes we'll be able to see the best spots, climb the best volcanoes and snorkel on the best reefs!
Ecuador has been great this last month. The people are really friendly and apart from the odd gunshots heard outside the marina some nights, it has been easy and safe. I'd recommend the country to anyone. It boasts beautiful sandy coastlines, arid coastal planes, the mountains of the Andes and the beginning of the Amazon river, all within a cheap (>$10) bus ride.
I can't wait to leave tomorrow and finally get back to that complete feeling of freedom that sailing got me hooked on 11 years ago.
From tomorrow, the next bit of land we'll see will be the volcanic islands that are home to an amazing range of wildlife, and be greeted by huge sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins - lets go!
Here's to a successful journey with plenty of wind (although the forecasts are for very little!).
Adios a Ecuador.