July 2016

Tuesday 19th July, 2016

Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

We arrived here a week ago after a two week passage from Las Perlas islands, Panama.  Its only about 850Nm in a straight line but contrary winds forced us to take a rather long way round and we did about 1350 Nm!  Still, the passage was uneventful with no dramas to speak of, just how I like it.

If you intend to arrive in the Galapagos by Yacht you have to have arranged for an agent before hand. They make arrangements for the officials to clear you in, sort out permits and generally make life relatively easy in a very bureaucratic country.  It took six different people to clear us in…

Six of these people were directly involved in the clearance process, one is our agent and the other is the boat driver.

My first impression is how cold it is here.  Not exactly cold by northern standards but certainly cool. The day time temperature peaks at about 22C and the sea is a very invigorating 17C, think Cornwall in the late summer.  These temperatures are, of course, a result of the cold Humboldt current flowing north up the west coast of South America from Antarctica.  Thats why there are penguins here.  Not that we have seen any yet.  We have seen plenty of other wildlife including Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Giant Tortoises and Blue Footed Boobies.  Here is a shot of a couple of Sea Lions sunning themselves on our swim platform….

I’ve done a couple of slideshows, one of the Birds of the Galapagos and another, general, one.