Devil's Crown - It’s scary, it’s nice

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Our last full day was spent at Floreana where Alberto told us tales about the first inhabitants of the island. Basically an Irishman is marooned here, spends a couple of years getting drunk off the rum from passing boats, then leaves – on a stolen ship. Next up, some nudie Austrians turn up, play at being Robinson Crusoe then more arrive and more and suddenly there's nearly a war happening. People have put their clothes back on by this point. Inhabitants start mysteriously disappearing until there's just this one woman left. But because all the unfortunate residents were foreigners, the police shrug their shoulders and carry on slurping their pisco sours.

The only real reminder of previous inhabitants is the 'post office’ which is a barrel that was erected in 1800 and frozen to death, and people traditionally place a postcard in the barrel and take one to deliver. One unfortunate sailor gave the details of planned route of their war which was subsequently sunk by a kindly fellow sailor who picked up the card to deliver. Who knows whether the cards I posted will ever arrive but it’s a nice thought.

After exploring quite a dull volcanic lava cave, we go for our last snorkel in the 'Devil’s Crown’ or as Alberto described it "It’s scary, it’s nice…" We saw a few more turtles and sharks and frankly the most fish I’ve ever seen in one place short of the Tokyo fish markets. Incredible. The ocean was chockers with them. With my stomach rumbling, we had to finish up our tour and set sail for Santa Cruz and home.

I have to say that the Galapagos was everything I imagined it would be. Yes, it cost the earth (hence me cutting my trip short by two months) and no, I didn’t find any unicorns. At one point I did ask someone if they had any nice photos of leprechauns when I meant to say iguanas but that’s cabin fever for you. I can’t recommend the place highly enough and my ship the Darwin was brilliant. Ahh, such a great experience.
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