13.03.2012 - 19.03.2012 27 °C
These magical islands, once Charles Darwin's playground, are very much worth a visit. Many tropical animals can be seen from very close-by on land and in the sea.
I had expected the Galápagos much rougher, windy, maybe cold, a lot of rocks and cliffs but actually they are tropical islands with very beautiful white beaches, colourful landscapes and very clear waters. Snorkeling in the Galápagos was definetely one of the highlights. The amount of sea lions, sting rays, sharks and giant sea turtles is just stunning.
Cruises are very expensive on the Galápagos so we had to look out for a last-minute (not very luxury) boat which we found, the Sulidae, a 110-year-old Danish wooden boat with more character than all the other cruiseships together. Although the Sulidae did not allow us to sleep a lot (our cabin was just on top of the motor and the generator), we liked the boat very much.
So it was quite a shock to hear that the Sulidae had sunk on 22 April, just over a month after we had left Galápagos! Fortunately no one was hurt, there were no tourist on board when the boat sank between San Cristóbal and Santa Fé island.
Thanks again everybody, for reading my blog and for leaving comments, very nice! I am back at work since six weeks already, it's amazing how quickly you re-adapt to the 'real world'. Another six-month-trip won't take place very soon but who knows, maybe in a few years?