|March 30 -- We
flew into the Galápagos Islands this morning from Quito and are
comfortably settling into our new home, the good ship Guantanamera.
There's Jorge, our naturalist guide, plus seven crew members, and then
16 passengers: six Swiss, three Brits, three Canadians, two Swedes
and a couple of Australians. It seems like an interesting gang, and
hopefully we'll manage to remember everybody's names.
Two of our shipmates are Lisa and Michelle, who accompanied Carol and
John and I up to Machu Picchu nine days ago. We ran into them yesterday
morning at our guesthouse in Quito and it turned out they had booked onto
the same boat. Perhaps there aren't that many international travelers
out there: we just follow each other around.
We'll be visiting about ten islands altogether this week, doing most
of our sailing at night. The Galápagos Islands lie about 1000
kilometers of the coast of Ecuador, straddling the Equator. They're
isolated, rocky, volcanic and hot, an ideal tourist destination.
They're also inhabited by unique and colourful wildlife. This is
the place where Charles Darwin came in 1835 to confirm his Theory of Evolution.
There are animals here that are found nowhere else in the world.
Not all sea lions lived on the rocks. This colony on Isla Espanola
had nice soft sand and surf to frolic around in.