Arriving in the Galapagos
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We landed on San Cristobal Island, at the time the main port of entry to the Islands, as the main airport on Baltra was being renovated (now completed). Formalities were pretty quick, as the administrative stuff had been taken care of by the tour company. A quick jaunt through town by minibus brings us to the "landing;" a set of concrete steps ending in the harbor. A small fleet of Zodiac boats awaited to take people to their respective boats. Bags were, thankfully, handled separately.
We were aboard the Galapagos Explorer, at 100 passengers, one of the largest ships in the islands. I found it interesting that the ship had begun life in the Carribean in the 1960s--an area now served by ships 20-30 times as large as the Explorer! Visitors planning a trip should consider what they are looking for in a ship or boat.
We also met Ramiro, our expert guide, who also became our friend. All Galapagos guides are highly trained in local flora and fauna, and all can enhance the experience. But Ramiro took it to the next level, just a wonderful fellow. He now works the M.S. Polasis, another of the larger ships, operated by Lindblad/National Geographic tours. Worth booking with them just to meet this young man.
Lunch is served while the luggage and final arrangement are being made, and at some point during lunch we got underway.