The primary port cities on each of the 3 large islands are quite different from one another. Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz is the largest in the Galapagos, with about 12,000 residents. With a good infrastructure of various stores, dive shops, tour operators, banks, and internet hot spots, it provided a good base to resupply. We will also stop back there to prepare for our hop across the pacific to French Polynesia in about 1 month.
Isabela, our current island, is by far the largest of the Galapagos in terms of land area, but Puerto Vilamil, the main city (and our anchorage) only has about 2000 inhabitants. Supply ships call here just once per month, and the town has a great laid back sleepy ambience. Whenever it rains, they run a road grader around town to smooth out the mud holes...gotta love it. Internet and email access is a challenge, but we love it here. (unable to access our email site...will keep trying!!) Iguanas and sea lions rule the place. They swim by the boat all the time (yesterday a baby sea lion got on deck, but quickly dove back in when Cindi surprised him) We're a bit early for the mass of cruising boats who will be heading here on their way to the South Pacific, so we've been the only cruisers on any of the islands. Muy tranquillo, we'll probably spend a couple of more weeks here!!!
|Monthly supply day. Small ship and barges ferry goods from off lying supply freighter (behind the tour boats...Bravo on left, over middle of the blue ferry ship)|
|Isabela church, religion Galapagos style!!!|
|Nice stained glass.....iguana, penguin, and booby. This church has it's priorities straight!!!|
|Sea lion and Adam compare notes on flipper care|
|Emily gets up close and personal with a favorite iguana.|
|Iguana tracks everywhere on the beaches|
|"So these two iguanas walk into a bar....."|
|Iguana swimming alongside Bravo|
|Randy reptiles enjoy their day to play|
|Blue footed boobies|
|And their feet are VERY blue.....more so than those we saw in Mexico|
|Sally Lightfoot crab|
|Spotted Eagle Ray|
Another tour, right next to anchored Bravo, was on the volcanic reef of Tintoreras. Walking around the islets for a couple of hours we came upon literally heaps of iguanas (the beach is one of their favorite breeding beaches), birds including blue footed boobies, oyster catchers, frigate birds, and sharks and sea turtles. A perfect way to spend an afternoon ($25/pp)
|Booby with two Galapagos penguins, the second smallest species in the world|
Sorry if you guys are getting tired of iguana portraits...the guys are just too cool to leave out!!!