Baltra, where the airport is located, is my first island in the Galapagos. Stepping out of the plane I could feel everyone’s excitement. The sun was sunnier, temperature higher, everything felt different and exciting. We’re in the Galapagos! When we arrived at the dock where our boat for the week awaits, right on cue, a sea lion was there to greet us. We developed a routine of exploring an island in the morning, followed by snorkeling, then exploring another island in the afternoon, followed by another snorkeling. The animals are so used to humans, they just ignore us and go about their business. Sea lions and hammerhead sharks swim along with humans. Without threat from predators like in the wild, most animals seem almost oblivious to danger. Galapagos is their paradise. And it is beautiful. These photos don’t do it justice.