We’re visiting a handful of islands in the Galapagos this week (vaccinated, tested, and masked everywhere) as part of Hurtigruten Expeditions’ inaugural Galapagos cruise, with Metropolitan Touring.
And, yes, we are feeling incredibly fortunate to be able to tag along on a trip that is on so many bucket list adventure lists.
We are just two days into the trip, but already we’ve seen many of the iconic species on the “Big 15” list, including tortoises, iguanas, finches, sea lions, and more.
Once we find a better WiFI connection, we’ll share some better images. But, first things first, let’s talk about the airports.
Our flights to the Galapagos island started from Ecuador’s award-winning Quito International Airport (UIO). We couldn’t access the shops reserved for international travelers. But we found these charming colored pencils for sale in the domestic departures area.
On arrival at Seymour Ecological Galapagos Airport (GPS), on the island of Baltra, we were greeted by this handsome fellow.
“Don’t get too excited just yet” one of the guides said. “You’ll see many more – and much better – iguanas very soon.”
He was right.