Bird's eye view of M/S Encantada - Galápagos, El Ecuador
The English word for the wee red dot In the distance to the right is the Enchantress or Bewitched. Known in Spanish as the M/S Encantada, this beauty was our home from 29 September to 8 October, 2008. The sixty-foot schooner accomodates 12 passengers with a crew of five. We sailed among the islands of the Galápagos and took daily duets of exploration hikes. Sixty species of birds can be found on the islands. This number dwarfs the almost three-hundred species found on the mainland of El Ecuador, approximately 1.000 km (610 miles) to the east. In addition to the birds, a myriad of other animals call these haunts home. Amazingly, almost all of the animals are unfrightened by humans and can be approached without retreating. Though sails were used often, an auxiliary motor was available when the gales subsided. And, yes, on a rocky night I had to hang onto both sides of my upper bunk to save myself from catapulting to the deck! Hey, no mal de mer!