We woke at 6:15 for a 7 am departure for the airport as advised our car driver/front desk clerk/bellhop. (She’d said there were extra security measures for those trailing to the Galapagos Islands because it is a national park and protected area.) No pool time for us! We took a taxi and quickly arrived at the airport, breezed though security and had plenty of time for breakfast as we waited for our flight via Tamé Airlines.
We had an easy flight to San Cristobal, the capitol city of the Galapagos Islands. We had to get a special permit to come to the island and buy a pass for the national park. They are very careful to protect the environment here. They sprayed all of our luggage to make sure we were not bringing bacteria or other micro organisms onto the island. They also had us open all our bags and show what was inside.
We took a taxi to the hotel. All the taxis here are white pick up trucks and they comprise roughly 95 percent of all the four wheeled vehicles! We settled in and then walked into the village to find some lunch. On our way there we saw many sea lions on the beaches, sidewalks, and benches. They were not at all afraid of us. We spent the afternoon exploring the village and getting organized. We found a restaurant for dinner and realized it catered to tourists. We'll be on the look out for the local spots in the future. The weather was very pleasant, though the breeze off the Pacific Ocean was cooler than expected. It was a bit like a summer day on the coast of Maine.
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and master hula hooper, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!