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Published: December 25th 2016
Our time in the Galapagos Islands runs short, it rained during the night and I slipped and twisted my back on the way to find breakfast. Our new hotel is located on the waterfront close to the dock which will be good when we depart early tomorrow morning on our last inter island ferry ride. We didn't do much more that day then shop for souvenirs and wander down to the harbour in between rain showers.
The next morning I positioned myself better and scored a seat with Ruth at the back of the boat which allowed more leg room and a more comfortable ride, which was a blessing as this journey was longer and rougher than those previous and some of our fellow passengers had a bad time if it. After a little over two and a half hours we arrived at the dock at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Isla De San Cristobal's main settlement is quaint, attractive and crawling with sea lions. I have never seen so many in one place, the towns beaches are littered with them, and they take up every shady spot, there were three in an outdoor bar.
After checking in we went
for a walk around town just to familiarise ourselves and get some breakfast before returning to our accommodation to change before walking out to the beach at La Loberia, the beach is near the airport and took about 30 minutes to get to and was quite secluded when we arrived. We headed straight into the water and almost immediately spotted some sea turtles and many species of fish. Close encounters with the odd curious sea lion and the sighting of a few rays was also exciting, after several hours snorkeling we headed for the beach which was suddenly full of people.
We returned to town where we showered before heading to a tour agent to see if they had enough people to visit Isla Lobos but they are still a few short so we will know more in the morning. We then had dinner before watching the sea lions cavorting in the bay and on the beaches. Next morning we were informed the trip wouldn't go ahead so we hired some snorkeling gear and walked to the interpretation centre on the other side of town climbing to the top of Cerro de las Tijeretas to see frigate birds sitting
in the clifftop trees.
From the lookout we could see into a picturesque bay where snorkelers were being harassed by a large male sea lion it was funny to watch, they were clearly shitting themselves. We then walked down to the bay which was now deserted, both snorklers and sea lions had disappeared. I suggested we go in, Ruth decided this was probably not a good idea, so we moved on to a nearby beach where the snorkeling rocked. I had a run in here with an unhappy male sea lion who didn't like his females swimming with me.
Next day we headed to the airport only to find they had diverted our flight to Quito where we would have to wait several hours then return to Guayquil meaning we would not arrive in Cuenca till well after midnight so we decided to get off in Quito. I was very impressed with the city it is perhaps my favorite South American capital so far, the extensive old town is the clear highlight and the five or six major churches located there are real gems. The La Rhonda area is pleasant as well and we found a cool little
Rock Pub in the evening. Unfortunately Quito is an unsafe city for foreigners so we needed to take special care.
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