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Well, out time in the Galapagos has sadly ended. We visited one last island this morning before being taken back to the island (baltra) with the airport. We have arrived in Quito and we are currently waiting for our plane for Lima. So, her is what our trip on the sailboat Encantada was like..
After our last blog we sailed from Porta Ayorta to our next island.. Floreana Island.. We stopped at Post Office Bay in the morning and heard some history of why Floreana is called ¨mystery island¨. If you are curious you have to read the book.. Post Office Bay or When Satan CamE To Eden... It has a really interesting history. Post Office Bay has been used since whaling times for whalers to leave letters to their family.
After Post Office Bay, we went snorkeling at two different points which was AMAZING. The sea lions would play with us and swim in circles around us. We are not allowed to touch them, but it was great. We saw sea turtles and sting ray and gorgeous fish too. Of course, we don´t have any pictures cuz that was all underwater..
We sailed to anther point on the same island in the afternoon and saw flamingos, sea turtles waiting to come to shore to lay eggs and a ton of sea lions.
We sailed through the night to Espanola Island which is supposed to be the oldest island in the Galapagos. There they have the Christmas iguanas, a TON of blue footed boobies, and other birds that are endemic to that island. Of course, there were MORE sea lions! We tried to go looking for the white albatrose that ONLY lands in the Galapagos and only on Espanola Island, but they had all migrated away now that their babies were old enough to fly. When not on the island, they only land and stay in the ocean. We went snorkling also and saw a few sharks, eels, and more cool looking tropical fish.
We again sailed through the night to San Cristibol. That island is specifically for . We snorkled and got really close to sea turtles while they were feeding on the rocks! We also got to take the dingy to Kicker Rock, which is the top of a volcano that sticks up 500 feet in the air.
This morning we disembarked at a nice early 630 land trip to North Seymor Island. That island has the great frigate bird and the magnificent frigate bird. The difference is one with a red eye and one with a blue eye. They were pretty cool looking. We saw more blue footed boobies.. They are Ben´s fav because they are soooo funny looking. (I still prefer the sea lions). We sailed after breakfast to Baltra and had to say goodbye to our other 10 travelers on the Encantada.
Well, that about wraps up the Galapagos.. We still feel that we are on the boat here 5 hours later.. It feels that we are going up and down with the waves right here in the airport.. Hopefully that feeling goes away soon! We are completely amazed with all the different animals that we have seen. It completely makes sense that God created everything. Here more then ever we can not believe anyone can see this and believe in evolution. It is just not possible..
Well, we are off to Cuzco, Peru where we will travel by train to Machu Pichu and to Lake Titicaca!