Private transfer in the morning to the domestic airport for the flight to the Galapagos [LAN1553 UIO/GPS 09H30-12H05]. Upon arrival, locate the Galapagos National Park’s kiosk where you can pay the $110 per person park fees, then meet your naturalist guide and transfer overland to the town of Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you observe the tortoise corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated to the wild. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. You also visit the Van Straelen Hall with exhibits and a short video presentation. Visitors can see the pen of famous Lonesome George, the last surviving member of the Pinta Island subspecies. From here you continue to the Beagle. The ship's crew will greet you on board, take care of your luggage, and run through safety drills. Enjoy fresh fruit drinks as the sun sets, followed by dinner, the nightly briefing, and a formal presentation of the captain and crew. During the rest of this week, you will leisurely voyage through the stunning Galapagos Islands, among a varied landscape of diverse flora and fauna.