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Scenes from South Pacific - The Movie

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For the past 9 days we have been adrift in the South Pacific on specks of land that erupted from the seabed just last week - in geological terms. The first hominids were already on the march from the Serengeti 4 million years ago when most of the Galapagos Islands broke the ocean's surface in a fiery blast that would have echoed around the globe. Our journey began on San Cristobal island – the oldest of the group. Here, on San Cristobal, we were not watching the movie South Pacific – we were bit part extras with walk - on parts as we joined the main cast that has been with this production since its cataclysmic beginnings. Our 'South Pacific' movie had many supporting characters like the flaming red crabs...
...along with the multitudinous sea-lions who pushed there way into the crowd scenes at every opportunity. They were particularly good at getting in the beach scenes when other actors wanted to swim...
However, most of our movie is staged underwater where the true stars of the Galapagos were waiting in the wings. We donned wetsuits, masks and flippers and dove into the aqueous set to play our parts. The set was cold and dark and then, on cue, the stars slowly made their entrances into the limelight...

A multitude of sharks, rays, turtles and multi-hued fish performed an underwater show for us as we repeatedly dove to swim alongside them. We can swim well, but this was not our world and, with just a flick of a flipper or a fin, the main characters zoomed off into the indigo depths. Our movie lasted a couple of hours underwater and then we returned to our boat with tales of wonder and a South Pacific movie that will be in our memories forever.

San Cristobal is an island of pristine beaches. sparklingly clear turquoise waters and a core of high mountains that catch the warm moisture laden Pacific air and turns it to rain. However, much of the island is just barren volcanic rock where only cacti thrive...
We mountain biked to the highest point – the caldera of the extinct volcano that had made this island – and as we laboriously climbed for two hours we went from the scorching sun-filled beaches to the cloudy, cool, highlands to view the caldera's lake...
From the highlands we went on to the spectacular beach at Puerto Chino and swam in the surf alongside the only other beachgoers – the sea - lions...
The ride back down the steep mountainside was exhilarating and we rewarded ourselves with beer at one of the many dockside restaurants in the main town, Puerta Baquerizo Moreno. Next stop – our movie continued on the island of Santa Cruz where we visited some of the oldest living creatures in the world and continued our underwater adventure with the incredible animals of the Galapagos Islands. Creatures like the fierce-some looking marine iguanas,

Hasta Luego for now from the beautiful Mindo valley high in the Andes on the mainland of Ecuador. More of our Galapagos movie coming soon to a screen near you.

Posted by Hawkson 19:01 Archived in Ecuador

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Good to see your blog reappear. Sounds like you are getting fit what with all that swimming and mountain biking(literally). If that "tree" is really a cactus it certainly doesn't look like anything I saw in the USA desert.

by R and B

Sounds like you are having a lot of fun. Unfortunately I could not see your video. It was not available. Look forward to the rest of your new journey.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Welcome back. I could not download your video. Great pity.
Safe travels

by Christine Lloyd

love the references to deep time. thanks.

by Janet Vickers

Reliving wonderful memories of the Galapagos. Thanks.

by Diane Cornish

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