Friday, May 13th, on Santa Cruz Island, we have checked in at our last island of the Galapagos. The paperwork to travel with your boat in the Galapagos is significant, as is the cost to go to between harbours (45$)! Everything on the islands is expensive: foodstores, restaurants and tours with the mandatory park guide. But this is definitely one of the highlights of our tour in Ecuador. It is incredible how the animals let you come close and are not afraid of humans. We visited 3 islands: San Cristobal where we picked up Meliena at the airport, then on to Isabela where we put Meliena back on the airplane and lastly Santa Cruz mainly for provisioning to do the “puddlejump”.
I will give an overview of what we have done in the Galapagos through my pictures.
The Galapagos were discovered in 1535 by Tomas de Berlanga. Until the 19th century the islands were used as hideout for pirates who robbed the spanish galleons carrying gold and silver from South America, back to Spain. The islands became famous around the world after the survey ship HMS Beagle, arrived in the Galapagos in 1835. On board was a young naturalist named Charles Darwin.The islands became Ecuador’s first national park in 1959, and these now aggressively-protected islands and the surrounding marine reserve were both declared World Heritage sites. We will have stayed almost 3 weeks here and must say a minimum is 7-10days if you can do a cruise between the islands.
Today, May 15th, all the laundry is done, we have the tanks filled with diesel. We still have some food shopping to do and then we can leave for the Marquesas on May 17th. We think it will take about 25-30 days of sailing….