Flamingos! And more!
17 April 2012 | isla Isabela
Our first day on Isabela was spent with a lot of time at the Port Captains office getting cleared in to this island. It would have been a lot quicker, but they had computer problems so we had to come back three times to see if it was up and running, and each time meant a long wait in the very small standing room only waiting room. We started when we first came in shortly after nine, had to check back at 2, and then finally completed the process at 5 pm. It was the usual $5.16 cent fee -- you pay it when you check in to an island and then again when you check out.
In the meantime we wallked and took in some of the local sites and checked out the town for the small tiendas (stores) and other services. Had a nice lunch on restaurant row and the best part of all is we met Anna Maria! She is an American living and working here right now, and we were told of her by some good friends back home -- she's a friend of their family and was a roomate of their daughter's in college. She's traveling and living in different countries and just happens to be here on Isabela right now. She's working in a tour agency and was able to set us up with a taxi driver that takes people on tours around the island.
So today we set off with Louis, our driver, and Anna Maria joined us and we went to Isabela;s tortoise breeding center and saw tortoises of all ages and sizes. Then we went to a pond where we were thrilled to see a flock of 9 flamingos in the wild! A real treat and one that Jonii has been looking forward too. We went on to see the Wall of Tears built by prisoners when this was a penal colony and we're excited to see several tortoise in the wild. it was a very good day.
Tomorrow morning we will meet Louis again and he will take us on a tour to the highlands -- can't wait to see what's in store there!