Upon arrival, we clear the Galapagos National Park checkpoint. Customs agents check passports and the transit control card, after check-in, we enterthe islands.
We are welcomed by our naturalist guide and staff at the airport's exit, please remember to collect your luggage from the belt.
Next we take a short coach ride to the dock to board the pangas (this is how the locals commonly referto dinghies) to the M/C Petrel where crew members await to welcome you with a cold drink and show you your cabins.
A briefing is given about the ship's facilities, a safety drill is conducted by your cruise concierge and your cabin is assigned. Lunch is served and afterwards we start with the first visit.
PM: San Cristobal Island- La Galapaguera
Landing type: Dry landing, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Possible activities: Walking.
During the XVII and part of the XVIII century, the Galapagos island was a popular hideout for pirates and buccaneers that used its resources to resupply their ship holds. A popular source of meat at the time were the Galapagos tortoises; their capability to survive without food or drink for extended periods of time made of this one of the most valued goods that the island had to offer. But the extensive hunt of this animal destroyed entire populations and even drove some of them to extinction. In the present, huge efforts have been undertaken in order to ensure the survival of this species, one of them is the creation of Galapagueras. Nurseries created specifically for Galapagos tortoises where they are taking care of since they are small eggs, until they are in conditions to be released in the wild.
We visit the Galapaguera of San Cristobal, where we are able to see these peaceful giants during all their live stages. From small eggs, no larger than a chicken’s, to cute hatchlings that require lots of care, to the amazing adult Galapagos tortoise that can weigh up to 400 pounds. We learn more about the efforts undertaken to preserve these animals and the persons in charge of this noble task.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner