Travels with V

Peru & Ecuador

Last day in the Galapogos

Ecuador: Galapagos part three

Charles Darwin is celebrated all over Galapagos. Which is rather ironic, since his discoveries totally wrecked the biblical fundaments of the Catholic faith, so strong in Latin America.

The day of departure we just stroll around the little town to make the time pass. The rain continues and is getting more intense. It’s a perfect Good-Bye weather.

Returning to Santa Cruz and its harbour Puerto Ayuru we find it’s a more wild grown town than Baquerizo Morena, and at the same time more showy. Like it dearly wants to be the capital, but isn’t. There are some elegant hotels and restaurants here, but also lots of rough areas, gardens full of rubbish, abandoned concrete building projects and gravel roads. But this island has something unique – a micro climate that has allowed the southern half to be almost like a jungle with tall trees, banana plantations and lots of farms. While the northern half is a dry lava desert.

SOUTHERN SANTA CRUZ
NORTHERN SANTA CRUZ

In Puerto Ayuru we end up in a psychedelic dungeon of a hotel, painted in yellow, green and blue and with winding stairs and gangways. The manager is a harsh but confused lady, and her husband is kind and even more confused. For 20 minutes they read us the house rules, when the reception is open, and when it’s not you have to use another entrance, first press a button and then open with a key. We nod and forget everything, we’re not staying long.

Just a few blocks away we find a beautiful restaurant by the sea where we have some cava and a perfect tuna steak. Happiness.

And when we wake up next morning the sun is shining again. We’re sad to say goodbye to the Galapagos, but we’re now heading into a part of journey that we know very little about. Yet.

We leave with some pretty pictures of Galapagos’ fauna and flora:

And finally, a beautiful morning in Puerto Baqueriza Morena, with the harbour sea lions barking:

Join us next to the big city and what lies beyond!

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