Galápagos Day 3: Quito to Galápagos

The day starts with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call for our flight from Quito to San Cristobal Island by way of Guayaquil. At the airport our bags are checked for any fruit or plants and sealed. You can’t bring anything that might be harmful to the Galápagos environment. By mid-morning we are heading out over the Pacific.

After checking into Gran Hotel Paraiso Insular, we meet our Galapagos guides (Jose and Lorenzo) have a swordfish lunch at the hotel, get a briefing on the Galápagos National Park rules (do not touch the wildlife!), and then have some free time in the middle of the day to unwind. (I’m writing part of this post from the top floor balcony of the hotel, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and enjoying a cool afternoon breeze).

In the mid-afternoon we head to La Loberia Beach and see sea lions, marine iguanas, and lava lizards.

Sea Lion at La Loberia Beach on San Cristóbal Island
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador • 0°55’35.92″ S 89°36’45.40″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 92 mm • ISO 100 • 1/640 sec at f/5.3
Marine Iguanga at La Loberia Beach on San Cristóbal Island
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador • 0°55’29.23″ S 89°36’50.63″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 300 mm • ISO 100 • 1/320 sec at f/5.6

After La Loberia Beach there is time to hang out at the hotel before dinner at a local beachfront restaurant …

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno from the Grand Hotel Paraiso Hotel rooftop terrace
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador • 0°54’17” S 89°36’45” W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 • ISO 100 • 1/4000 sec at f/1.4

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