Day 1 – Friday Land – Galapagos Santa Cruz

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Baltra Airport

Baltra Airport

AM: Flight Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos

Before taking the flight you must pay 20 USD at the Galapagos Government Council counter that is the value for the migration control card.
Afterwards you will be able to take a flight that takes 2 1/2 hours from Quito to and 1 1/2 hours from Guayaquil.
Once in Baltra the passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters:

PASEENGERS ADULT CHILD (under 12 years old)
FOREIGNERS $100 $50

 

Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to the M/C Seaman Journey and our crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

North Seymour

North Seymour

PM: North Seymour

Is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.
Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

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