No pictures in this post, I’m afraid. I’m still waiting for decent Internet to do a proper post. I don’t want to waste my time by spending hours loading photos over a slow connection. Don’t worry– I’ll share more of Tom’s great photos when I can. But in the meantime, here’s a brief text update.
We had a great trip to the Galapagos. We booked a last minute trip for an eight day boat trip among the southern islands. The boat had space for 16 guests. We had a very knowledgeable guide and saw lots and lots of wildlife, both on hikes and by snorkeling. It’s true what they say: the wildlife seems unconcerned by humans, and you’d better pay attention or you may trip over some.
Back on the mainland, we headed for the coast, spending Christmas in the little surf spot of Montanita. It’s quite a party town, but we found a place to stay a ten minute walk down the beach, which was much more suited to us. I took my first surfing lesson. Fun but hard.
For New Year’s Eve, we were in Puerto Lopez, where we thoroughly enjoyed the low-key but festive atmosphere. The Ecuadorian tradition of making ( or buying) a paper mâché mannequin representing something of the passing year then burning it at midnight resulted in lots of little bonfires all over town.
We spent a full day chasing bureaucracy, trying to find a place to buy another month’s insurance for the motorcycles. (We could only buy one month’s at the border when we entered Ecuador. ) The places that sold it didn’t have the actual forms needed, so we ended up driving 50 miles to another town, searching there, and finally having success. Oh yeah, and the insurance costs $3 a month.
We getting ready to leave the coast and head back up in to the mountains. Lots of poring over maps today as we roughed out a plan for the next few days.
I’ll share photos of all of this and more when it’s reasonable to do so.
Happy New Year!