Our plane touched down on Baltra just before noon. Customs and immigration was no major factor in our transition to the Islands. After a five minute bus ride, we boarded a panga and bounced our way over to the anchored Beagle.
The crew provided a warm welcome and a thorough logistical briefing of boat life. The six couples settled into their private cabins, changed clothes and gear for island exploration then enjoyed a light fish stew while cruising.
A wet landing put us on the most populated island of the Galapagos, Santa Cruz. We were immediately greeted by blue-footed boobies, a variety of fearless crabs, iguana and one beautiful, sun-bathing flamingo. We walked the beach in awe as our guide spoke.