Galapagos Islands Day 1--Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
Apr 22, 2007
|SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2007. DAY 1--BALTRA TO SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR. We met Morris, our Ecuadorian guide, at Baltra Airport, the main airport in the Galapagos Islands, an hour bus ride and short boat ride from Puerto Ayora. Eden would start with a full capacity of 16 guests, 6 crew members (Captain, First Mate, Cook, Engineer, Dive Master, and Steward), and our guide Morris. The guests were:
Geraldo from Spain, living in Palo Alto, California, USA, and Joanna from Warsaw, Poland;
George and Mary from Maryland, USA;
Caroline and Matt from UK;
Cathi and Chris from West Palm Beach, Florida, USA;
Josep and Angeline originally from Barcelona, Spain, but living in Luxemburg the past 20 years;
Charles, Elizabeth, and their two children from Wales, UK; and, last but not least,
Jeff and me.
After all guests and luggage was accounted for, we boarded a bus for a 5 minute ride to the port. There we were greated by two large Galapagos sea lions lazing on a bench overlooking the harbor. We boarded a dinghy (called a 'panga' in Spanish) that took us to Eden. Jeff and I were assigned Cabin 2, on the lower level, port-side forward. The cabin had two single beds with underside drawers and a small storage shelf. While we explored Eden and met the other guests, Eden motored a short distance to Santa Cruz Island and our first landing. The pangas shuttled us to shore, where we got our first glimpse of Galapagos wildlife--many birds and marine iguanas. Our first day was off to a good start.