When I signed up for this trip, I guess I was unaware of how much traveling was required. For those of you that do not know (I’ll admit, I did not know this proior to the trip) the Galápagos Islands are part of Ecuador, like Hawaii to the USA.
The trek from Quito to the Galapagos went something like this:
6:00 am: Arrive at airport.
-chaos and confusion ensue, 2 trips through security for everyone, extremely stressful
7:45: 35 Americans run onto the aircraft, out of breath, take seats.
8:30: Stop in Guayaquil, largest city in Ecuador, to pick up more passengers.
9:00-12: Flying over the Pacific Ocean!
-before landing in Baltra, the stewardesses sprayed the plane with insecticide. Weird.
12:30-1:30: Galapagos customs (which included cleaning forgein dirt off of our shoes. It happened.)
2:00: Board bus, drive across Baltra
2:30: Board ferry to Santa Cruz
2:45: Board bus, drive across island
3:30: Board smaller boat to Isabella.
Two long, bumpy, sea sick hours later, at 6:30 pm our little boat pulled into Puerto Villamil on Isabella Island.
Yes, ladies and gents, 12 and a half hours and 4 modes of transportation later, we arrived at our destination.
Let’s see what you’ve got, Galapagos.