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Our track from Manta, Ecuador, to the Galapagos
Our track from Manta, Ecuador, to the Galapagos curved to take advantage of the winds

Amanda got cinnamon rolls for her 14th birthday breakfast
Amanda asked for cinnamon rolls for
her 14th birthday breakfast

Our passage from Manta, Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands went fairly smoothly.  As often happens, we lost wind as we approached the Galapagos, but then, everyone usually does.  Map scale is 2 degrees (120 miles or about 200km) per division.

 What surprised us was that boats that went directly from Panama to the Galapagos usually took longer and had a more difficult passage than the combination of our trips from Panama to Ecuador and Ecuador to the Galapagos.

So why don't more boats take our easier and faster track?  It would also give them the opportunity to break the trip up and to visit the interior of Ecuador, which we thought was delightful.

We circumnavigated Kicker Rock & all its nesting birds
We circumnavigated Kicker Rock
and all its many nesting birds

At the end of these newsletters we've included a description of the 4 day tour we took on the Lobo de Mar tour boat, as well as cruising information we've sent to other boats about about what to do (and not do) while cruising the Galapagos islands.

Note that you can also read about our individual impressions of our Galapagos Passage in our Destinations section, but these newsletters were sent as emails from the boat while we were actually on passage, so they're our up to the moment impressions.

Enjoy!

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