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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Barquerizo Moreno

This is the provincial capital of the Galapagos. Although 96% of the archipelago is national park, there are people who actually live here, in what seems like a very pleasant small resort town with hotels and souvenir shops.

Except that this is the Galapagos, so nothing is quite what you expect. On the flight from Guayaquil yesterday morning, just before we landed, the flight attendants opened all of the overhead bins and fumigated our carry-on luggage to make sure we weren't carrying anything that could contaminate the environment. (At least no one suggested fumigating us.)

When we landed, we stood in line to get our park permits, then took buses to the marina to wait for the zodiacs that would carry us and our luggage out to the ship. On the way there, the bus stopped abruptly and we waited while a large sea lion waddled across the road.

There were dozens more at the marina, passed out on every bench like drunks recovering from a bender. Welcome to the Galapagos!

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