We arrive at her restaurant at 7:50 am Tuesday and she walks us to catch the local bus to Puerto Lopez. She strolls at a South American pace and Paul finds it hard to walk sooooo slow. The two block walk takes us 10 minutes.
Katy explains in her basic English that we are looking for a green bus. A little while later one arrives and the six of us plus Katy hop on. It's definitely a local bus - but there aren't any live chickens aboard. :-). The bus twists and turns along the coast for 45 minutes until we arrive at Puerto Lopez, a small fishing town and the port for the boats to Isla del la Plata. Katy hands us off too local tour agent. As we're walking the four or five blocks to their office he gestures asking if we get sea sick. Some reply yes. Two shops down from their office is a conveniently located Pharmacia, where we pick up medicine for three of us.
Across the dusty street is the post with all the fishing boats and the fishmonger stands. Since we have 20 minutes one of the locals hanging around the tour office takes us over. Some of the fishermen are cleaning their catches and others are showing off what they have to prospective buyers.
After about 75 minutes the captain slows the boat and the guides pass out some banana cake. Off the side of the boat there are a group of six to eight large turtles playing in the water. We approach our landing point on the island. This will be a wet landing, which means we pull off our shoes and the captain backs the boat as close to the shore as possible, then we jump out and walk up to shore.
After hiking back to the boat the captain takes us 10 minutes down the coast to a snorkeling spot. All of us but William took the plunge. I saw some coral and a couple of large colorful fish. He stopped at a second spot as well, but it was close to some rocks and we opted to stay aboard. However, about half of our boisterous Italian boatmates were quickly in the water. Everyone was smiling.
We arrived back in Olon tired and a little sore, but all were very happy with our adventure.