Today we are on a half day tour of the bay in the morning. There is approx 16 of us on this site seeing boat. We are touring around the bay where we see small penguins, blue footed boobies, sea lions playing. We eventually land on a small island/land formation in the bay. It is very hot as it is almost noon and there is no shade and the volcanic rock is pitch black. There is a specific path you follow to tour around this formation.
Today we get up early again to move over to Isabela Island. We say good bye to our hosts at Verde Azul and Rita. Once again our rep from Galapagos Alternative is with us the whole way making sure we get to our boat. As it turns out there are very few of us on the water taxi. We have been hearing stories about how bumpy and how nauseating the ride can be. We have been warned to stay near the engine and a window. As it turns out we are first on the boat and are able to get a seat by a window.
Today we were on our own, which means we were able to sleep in. We walk down to the Charles Darwin Station. It is not what you would expect as it is very simple with only one small museum building. The rest are different stages of nurseries for the tortoises and a couple pens for the land iguanas. In the afternoon we decide not to explore the Toruga Bay beach but to explore around the town. We are amazed at the number of marine iguanas we find in amongst the buildings on the coast. This whole town is along the coast, but it is the most marine iguanas we have seen yet.
We are staying at the Verde Azul hotel in Puerto Ayora. Very friendly family owned hotel. Hot water – yeah!, refillable drinking water, wifi – spotty, a small pool and breakfast included with specific food for our dietary needs.
We have an hour to settle before we are being picked up for our first tour – we only arrived this afternoon – it is going to be a very long day.
The Seven Explorers are the only maois that face towards the water. These seven are considered the original explorer’s who found the island. Who they actually are is not a definite. Some say it is King Motu though no one really knows.