Thursday, July 9, 2009

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
This port is the capital of the islands on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. It has a population of 5,400 employed mainly in fishing and government. It's less touristy that Puero Ayora. At night, the ocean beside the main pier was lit up at a distance of approx. 50 feet out and 15 feet down, so you could see turtles, sea lions and fish swimming around in the bottle green water. The pier doesn't show in this picture, it's to the left. Large cruise ships anchor way off the island and passengers are ferried into town by pontoon. Only one cruise ship is allowed to stop at a time. The boats you see anchored in the bay are owned by the locals - either tour guides or fishermen, or boat owners who take passengers from one island to another.

The sandy shore is one area where sea lions mate and rest with their young in family groups. They crowd the beaches at night, and the sound of their weird, belching calls can be heard up and down the causeway. It was a fun town to walk around at night. There are cozy outdoor restaurants and bars along the waterfront.