Day 1: Guayaquil to San Cristobel

Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. San Cristóbal Island is the easternmost island in the Galápagos archipelago, as well as one of the oldest geologically.

We were up at 7am and after a quick breakfast headed to the airport. Lucy met us and charged us $192 for the outing yesterday – tipped her $30. Quick flight from Quito to Guayaquil but took ages to refuel so arrived at San Cristobel 45mins late. Chaotic collection of luggage and quick transfer to our boat which was called Letty. We were on Dolphin Deck (the best) along with another British couple (chap lovely, woman an insecure wound up bundle of misery). There was also an American chap from NYC called Ken and his son Jacob who was bird mad and aged 14 and his brother Nathan aged 10. Another couple from Philadelphia with the Grandad and daughter Layla who was 8 plus another American family with two kids. 19 people in total. Our naturalists were the lovely Carlos and Pepe.

Once aboard we had our safety lecture and then lunch of spaghetti, prawns and fruit (a little on the light side as we were famished!). We were definitely spoilt at Sacha Lodge with all their delicious food! We had a fire drill and then a wet landing on a sandy beach.

We all snorkelled out and were joined by seals swimming with us and then a small iguana! Loads of fish and then saw a green turtle – magical.

On board we enjoyed a beer on deck and spotted rays jumping out of the water (mobulus rays or devil rays). Dinner was excellent – fish or steak and mushroom sauce. Bed at 9pm.

Great start to this bucket list dream trip!

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