GALAPAGOS AT LAST
After refueling five days later, in Arica, Chile, we went on to the Galapagos, where we were met by our agent from Sail n Galapagos. Cruising permits are necessary here, and he had handled them efficiently, arranging for the authorities to come aboard in St. Cristobal, our first port of entry. They were quite polite, finishing within 30 minutes.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the main harbor in St. Cristobal, and it appeared that the wildlife had taken over every floating object they could find, including our tender, which was popular with birds and seals alike. A seal even decided that one of our destroyed fenders, lying in our cockpit, would make a great place to sleep. We also saw blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, land iguanas, and marine iguanas.
With a timetable to stick to, we had to depart for the Panama Canal and get back to Florida. Once I was home and experiencing the Florida heat, I decided it wouldn't take much for me to return back to South America and do the exact same trip all over again.
This article originally appeared in the July 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.