Day 3

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Our Hotel Of The Sea.. Encantada

So, we spent the morning nursing our wounded.. Well, that only consists of Ben and I.. Ben is EXTREMELY burnt so we were quite hesitant to leave the hostel before we had to.. The sun is scorching fromm 7AM to 7pm.. Ecuador is just moving into the rainy season here in the next few weeks, so they are still in the dry, sun scorching down, no cloud in the sky season. Luckly.. the great worker Ester at our hostel noticed our big puppy dog eyes and had pity on us and gave us a leaf off the hostel´s aloe plant! That helped tremendously. So, our advice would be, if you go to the Equator, even 2 hours in the water is too much.. even with SPF 50!

We meet the others aboard our sail boat.. the Encantanda at noon. We read that the ships do NOT provide much food, so more than likely you will starve the whole time, but that was not the case! We had a great lunch and then again got OFF the boat and came back to the port to go to the Charles Darwin Research Station.

I am definely young compared to this gal..
That mostly consisted of viewing their breeding program to increase the population of the land turtles. They were down to only about 5000 left in the wild. In the last 30 years or so they have been able to increase that to 25,000. Did you know, they also CHOOSE the sex of the turtles by incubating them at different temperatures. Obove 38 degrees will be 90% female and the colder temperatures are 90% male! Crazy. Also, yesterday we saw iguanas swimming.. I guess there are land iguanas and marine iguanas.. like turtles.. Didn´t know that! Oh, and we got to see Lonesome George.. Poor guy..

We later traveled up to a land turtle farm and to the lava tunnels.. Basically, that is caves formed from lava flow. Both were quite cool. Now, we are waiting for the boat to board and leave port at midnight for an island called Floreana which is the famous island with Post Office Bay.

Gross!! He´s squishing her!
That is were whalers would leave letters to their families and others who were heading back to England etc would pick up and carry back with them. It is also a great island for snorkeling with sea turtles, sharks, and colorful fish. Should be fun!

 

Highlight: Getting fresh aloe for our wounds. Getting on our future hotel of the sea and meeting the other 10 passengers.

Lowlight: Seeing a lady carrying her baby in their carseat hooked in the carvess of her arm as she rode as a passenger down the street on her husbands mo-ped! What if she dropped him!! Not uncommon to see a dad and mom with two kids sandwiched between them on a single mo-ped...

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Our Hotel Of The Sea.. Encantada
Our Hotel Of The Sea.. Encantada
I am definely young compared to th…
I am definely young compared to t…
Gross!! He´s squishing her!
Gross!! He´s squishing her!
Tight fit...
Tight fit...
Lava Tunnel. I really thought it w…
Lava Tunnel. I really thought it …
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