Santa Cruz boat trip (May 29 & 30)
We headed out after breakfast in a small boat to our speed boat, “The Angy” which would take us to Santa Cruz, our last island. The boat ride was awful! High speed at 20 mph, big waves and swells, much pounding - nothing at all like a nice sailboat! We felt miserable for 2-1/2 hours (ugh!) and so wobbly when we got off that Anne fell in the hotel lobby when she missed a step. She is bruised and sore but OK otherwise. But we were covered and soaked with salt water so we changed clothes and then went off for lunch in the highlands at a jungle restaurant. Then off to another giant tortoise preserve and finally a primitive coffee farm which also had a firewater (sugarcane) distillery!
Back in Puerto Ayora, the only city on Santa Cruz, is our very nice hotel on the waterfront accessible only by water taxi and away from the noisy town. This is the best hotel on the tour and is impeccably run by the resident owner and third generation local, Teppy Angermeyer. When our air-conditioning failed, he sought out a replacement blower fan that was “borrowed” from another hotel, installed after we left our room for dinner, and then he offered us a free drink for our inconvenience. Now, that’s service!
We decided to just rest and take it easy on our last day. Our room was very comfortable and while the others went out on a kayaking expedition, we just took a nap, enjoyed lunch in town with the group and began to unwind from the week of intense activity. We skipped the Darwin Center which was just down the street in town and the shops were still closed for the noon siesta, so we got in a water taxi and returned to the hotel. The other six in our group went off shopping and touring. The last of the shoppers arrived at 7PM just in time for the farewell dinner at our Angermeyer Waterfront Inn.