In yet another brilliant use of frequent flier miles, our friend Dina decided to come out and join us for a few weeks in Ecuador. First up was our trip to Galapagos.
A direct flight from Quito got us to the island of Baltra, in the Galapagos Archipelego. There, we met up with our guide, William, and the 12 other passengers about our tour boat. We were also welcomed to the islands by a group of sea lions who had taken over the the boat dock.
The boat was nice enough, and although the cabin was larger than the van (and had a bathroom!) I’d still label it minuscule. The rolling ocean made it difficult to maneuver, but by the end of the week Dina and I learned to dance around each other to get to the bathroom or our bunk. I was not allowed in the ‘boys only cabin.’
On day one, we quickly met the crew and other passengers and headed to the nearest beach.
The white sand beach had fresh sea turtle tracks from activity the previous night and it wasn’t long before we were surrounded by more sea lions. We scampered around the rocks looking at the bright red Sally Lightfoot crab and did our best to avoid stepping on marine iguanas.
Then, into the sea to take our first peek under the water.
Back on board, we had a ceremonial toast from the crew and a surprisingly good meal. Overnight, we motored south.