I was picked up at 5am in my Quito hostel by Cometa travel. We picked up some more people who were in the same tour. My tour is an 8d/7n cruise around the Galapagos Islands. The itinerary can be found here: http://www.cometatravel.com/angelito.ph p?c=169 We drove to Quito airport and boarded a TAME flight to Baltra Airport in the Galapagos via Guayaquil. All flights to the Galapagos require a mandatory stop in Guayaquil to pick up more passengers. [Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city in terms of population]. It was a quick, pleasant flight. By noon time, we landed at the Galapagos and was picked up by our guide, who quickly transported us to our yatch– The Angelito. From the airport, you will notice that sea lions, crabs and iguanas were already scattered all over. The water was so clear and the weather, just right! We had our orientation in our yatch; our guide informed us that we are to follow a daily schedule, which will consist of meals, snorkeling trips and island hikes. Today, we had to sail across to the next island, North Seymour. We had a short hike, approximately 2 hours, and we got a first glimpse of what’s in store for us in this cruise — tons of wildlife… tame, friendly wildlife! We saw all sorts of birds, specifically the magnificent frigate birds, as well as sea lions, iguanas and crabs. Our guide competently described all of the species we encountered. It was pretty overwhelming to try to remember whether the bird I’m eyeing was female or male, or if it were a baby, or an immature or mature one. One thing’s for sure, judging from the wildlife that I’ve seen so far, this might just come down as my best vacation ever! After the hike, we were picked up by the “pangas” (little boats), and brought back to our yatch. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. We will be visiting several islands, and we will get to snorkel with penguins. Yes, you read it right — penguins! Can’t wait!