The island has effectively been shut to tourism for six months and the locals greeted us like royalty. Our guide and taxi driver even took photos of us to send to their unbelieving friends. “Tourists have landed!” So many people came up to us and asked us where we were from and then promptly thanked us profusely for coming to visit their island. It was quite humbling. We seem to be the first visitors here and certainly the first yacht to have been allowed entry.
The animals, not exactly shy at the best of times, had positively taken over the paths at visitor sites. No need for my 210mm zoom lens here. We were walking backwards trying in vain to keep a 2m distance from the marching giant tortoises who were even more relaxed and prolific then previously our guide explained.
We all loved seeing the sea lions, giant tortoises and Darwin finches which cover the island in our first days exploration.