Most of us put on our swimsuits as soon as we're unpacked, and rummage through a box of masks and flippers. "You will be snorkeling with sea lions," warns Gabriel Ribadeneira, our naturalist and guide.
I was up for the sunrise and climbed the Inca ruins with my paints. Words cannot adequately capture how truly spectacular this site is, and how amazing that they could build these structures in this inaccessible place.
Locals used to "persecute" magnificent birds of prey, he explained, whereas "today it's a point of pride to say you have a Spanish imperial eagle on your land." Once down to 30 pairs, the species has rebounded to as many as three-hundred.
It's said that good things come to those who wait. That's certainly true for travel to the Grenadines, given that visitors will be spending almost an entire day in airports, on planes or in ferry terminals before arriving at this out-of-the-way paradise. But a myriad of pleasures await.
My brain caught fire the moment I first saw a Purple Martin, fluttering like a humming bird, diving like an osprey and performing eye-popping aerial maneuvers beyond the imagination of the world's best ballet dancers. What in the world are they doing up there?
Bird Man or Ninja has been on the streets for 20 years. He says the birds are attracted to him because he has a heart full of love. I often see him sleeping on the cold concrete under the freeway overpass.