City: Galapagos Island, Ecuador
Kilometres ridden: 0
Cumulative kilometre: 33130
Today we have a look at the Interpretation Centre in San Cristobal Island.
There we got explanations about the creation of the Galapagos Islands and the current that flows around it and determines the vegetation and the climate. In addition it showed a table of the different Darwin Finches on the islands, which Darwin used to support his theory as well a map of Darwin’s trip in 1835.
They also showed the more sad history of the Galapagos Islands, which ranges from a Concentration Camp for Ecuador Criminals, failed agriculture businesses to mass slaughtering of tortoises to make lamp oil from them.
Finally the Islands were declared a natural reserve and have been recognised worldwide. They aim to be 100% independent from fossil energy by 2017. After leaving the centre we walked back into town.
There we found a couple of unemployed guys veg’ing on the public benches. We tried to sit close to them to get a picture taken but that wasn’t successful. The guys objected loudly.
And below is a picture of the harbour.
Back to the boat and moving to Isla Lobos where we had a look at curious sea lions, stacks of Iguanas some and …….. yea …. red crabs and blue footed boobies. Here are some pictures.
Did I mention that I like the red crabs and the blue futted boobies?
After the exploration we went back to the boat and moved to a different spot for our snorkelling (no pictures again). At night we went back to the harbour which we had started from that morning. Some pictures of the harbour in the evening including a nice sunset.
We started to realise: one more day and then we have to leave paradise.