It's post-high-season now (May). The air temps are more tolerable, such as high 70's, and humidity isn't as daunting. Sea breezes keep things tolerable.
I had a nice breakfast at my hotel (included) consisting of scrambled eggs, OJ, coffee, papaya, and four pieces of toast with butter and jam.
Afterwards, I walked across town admiring the entire look...bricked winding streets, nice sidewalks, plenty of covered benches to plop down on, clean, and quiet (no wailing car alarms or horn-honking). Along the malecon (waterfront walk) the shops are very tidy along with the boutique hotels. Not a lot of bare cinderblock construction with incomplete re-bar jutting out...though a few blocks inward there's plenty of that.
If you're in San Cristobal for more than 10 minutes and you haven't seen a seal, you must be blind. They're everywhere....basking in the sun on the rip-rap lining the shore, or spread out on park benches, or playing in the surf. Sounds of squawking, barking, sneezing, belching, and barfing are rather constant. I say 'barfing' because that's what it sounds like, not what they're doing.
BLEHHHHH!!!! BWWAAAHHFFFF!!! Some of the belch sounds are darn near like what my Dad and I used to do. Lovely, eh?
I walked to one end of town, snapping photos, then turned back the other direction to walk to the Darwins Interpretation Center. I wasn't interested in that, but it was the marker point for trails that headed to a beach I wanted to see.
It was a rather long walk in the hot sun. A group ahead of me took a turn onto a rough trail, so I followed them figuring they were headed for the same place. Rough lava rock made it a bit tricky to walk on. Come to find out, it was a shortcut trail to a way better trail the park had built. I finally reached the beach but it wasn't the one I was thinking of. No matter, it was nice and i enjoyed a nice cool refreshing dip
After spending a bit of time there, I headed back to the hotel via an alternative trail that was more direct than the original path I took.
Nap time. It was 12:30!! Sheesh!! I couldn't believe it was still that early!
After the nap, I walked into town again. On one of the wharfs there were a bunch of benches to sit and watch the comings and goings of the water taxi's and shuttle skiffs taking people back and forth to/from their cruise boats. I saw an empty bench and headed for it. I laid my knapsack down and turned around to sit but a seal had already stolen my bench!!! He barked at me. I snapped a few photos. When I reached for my knapsack, he got miffed and snapped at my leg. That is MY BENCH!!!
I needed dinner so I picked a restaurant I read about on TripAdvisor. I sat upstairs in the open-air area so I could watch the sunset. Food is EXPENSIVE here, especially compared to what I get in Cuenca. Count on any menu item being at least $15 and up from there.
After watching the sunset, I sauntered back to my hotel and did some internet stuff, including this blog. Internet here is....well....it is and isn't....every 2 minutes. Up...down...up.....down....slowwww....normal....down....up.....slow.
|My hotel 'Royal Bambu'|
|The rooftop terraces with great views|
|View from the hotel rooftop terrace.|
|A new park under construction behind my hotel.|
|Interesting bugle shapes on this cactus.|
|Lots of covered benches to rest and get out of the hot sun.|
|Scooters are the main type of transportation aside from the pickup truck taxis.|
|Haven't seen a TREE cactus before!|
|Municipal display of layout of the Galapagos Islands which are mostly (if not all) the tops of volcanoes.|
|A childrens slide down the back side of a seal.|
|The shortcut trail.|
|The NICE trail!|