The first indication that our crewman Jorge was a colorfully shady character came on the second night of our Galápagos boat trip when Joyce, Isabel, and I went with Captain Guillermo and Jorge to meet the crew and passengers of another boat. As Jorge imbibed rum, he became ever more aggressive in his attempts to “comfort” Isabel who was slightly seasick, but not interested in his help.
Constrained by tight budgets, Joyce and I scoured the tour agencies for a five-day boat excursion in the Galápagos Islands, and finally made our purchase from Antonio at Economic Tours. We had traveled from Quito back to Guayaquil because it had the only airport with flights to the Islands. There was one per week back then; now there are several a day. Tourism to the Galápagos has been on a galloping increase since the seventies, with at least 200,000 visitors per year today.
So far, we had made seven border crossings from one South American country to another, and experience had taught that these take time, patience, a sense of bizarre humor, and no expectations. The crossing from Peru into Ecuador holds the record for length of time, frazzling of nerves, and downright weirdness. After the overnight bus ride from Trujillo, Peru, and having arrived at the border, it took six hours to actually complete the crossing into Ecuador.
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