After years of watching television specials, The Galapagos Islands was one of those destinations I just had to have on my bucket list. After meeting in Quito, Ecuador the group took the short flight over to Baltra where the adventure began. We boarded the Cormorant and met the fantastic crew who took the very best care of us as we explored the islands. We hiked through wooded areas finding giant tortoises, climbed to the top of a volcano for a magnificent view, carefully stepped across old lava flows, and soaked up some sun on pristine beaches. From the Cormorant we watched whales and one enormous pod of dolphins. On panga rides across crystal clear waters to each island we were accompanied by curious sea lions, penguins, and pelicans.