Welcome to Galapagos!
We're off to the Galapagos Islands this morning! Richard heads to the airport early with all the luggage to complete the National Park screening and get everyone checked in for our flight. Dawn and guests follow later, simply picking up their boarding cards and proceeding straight through to the departure lounge. Nice and easy!
Our Aerogal flight takes off pretty much on time and despite the short 90 minutes flight duration we are served a light snack and drink on route. In what seems like no time at all we start descending to the airport on the Island of San Cristobal. All our permits have been completed in advance to we proceed through arrivals promptly and are met by our three guides: Aura, Juan Carlos and Jonathan. Local buses transfer us to the quayside. Here we are greeted by Sea Lions on the pathway and on the benches! Within a few minutes we are aboard the National Geographic Islander being greeted by the hotel manager Daniel. We settle into our cmfortable cabins. A welcome meeting and safety briefing follow, with a buffet lunch soon afterwards.
Time to unpack and take a siesta before our expedition leader, Dr Lynn Fowler gives a brief about park rules. We then disembark for a short zodiac ("panga") ride and a nice walk along a white sandy beach at a visitor site known as Cerro Brujo (or "wizard hill").
With everyone back on board by sunset we join the Captain Luis Teran's welcome cocktail party and the expedition team are formally presented. We are in very good hands as our week in the Galapagos Islands begins!