We are now on our way to French Polynesia.We can be tracked on the "where are we now" section of our blog or directly on this link.
The decision, when it needed to be made, was easy. There was no safe Eastbound option. We could not even get permission to leave here for Salinas in Ecuador and Panama started to do mad things like tell cruisers to leave immediately (having not allowed them to leave) and fine them for not renewing visas, even though the offices were closed so renewal was impossible. The electrical storms that are a daily occurrence at this time of year provided a further good reason to go west. We now have to take our chances with French Polynesia and whatever lies beyond. We will though, be reunited with many of our friends after at least 21 days at sea, 14 days quarantine and however long it takes to catch up with them;- that's assuming all goes well with the check-in process when we arrive.
We will miss the Galapagos having had as good a time in lockdown as one could reasonably expect in a worldwide pandemic. In the last week or so we have had the bonus of being able to see some of the Santa Cruz Island as the lockdown has been partially lifted and the Island declared COVID 19 free.
I had my first cappuccino since February, and somehow we just had to have a burger because we could.
What will we remember? The Iguanas might be special, the sharks plentiful and unusual, and the giant tortoises are astonishing; but it is the Sea Lions that we will miss the most. They are cheeky and playful and somehow they always make you smile.
Here are a few photo reminders of our last few weeks in the Galapagos.