We left home one week ago today and it already feels like we’ve been here for a month.
Our journey was pretty seamless – our flights from Heathrow to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Quito and Quito to Galapagos were on time and our pile of luggage made it to Baltra airport. The girls watched endless films on the planes, slept, ate and took it all in their stride.
Our 2.30am wake up time in Quito during our stopover due to horrendous jetlag didn’t faze the girls. They were excited and charming and crazy. All in all we were very proud albeit very tired parents.
After our two day journey, it was a delight to see the little island airport come in to view. Azure seas surrounded hundreds of islets and islands as we peered out of the oval plane window to try and catch our very first view of the Enchanted Isles.
As we stepped off the plane I could see a huge team of fluorescent cameramen and crew waiting for our arrival – and so our filming began.
Our crew are all lovely. Hugely professional, funny and totally accommodating and playful with the girls. This made me relax a little more as I felt that this whole adventure could be full of fun and giggles.
By the time we finally arrived at our new home, after a two hour car journey along one of the straightest roads in the world, we were all completely exhausted.
The jungle tree house is set at the end of a very dusty and bumpy track on the island of Santa Cruz. Our nearest village is called Bella Vista. We are totally surrounded by cloud forest, which is a bit like a benign rainforest. There are gates leading up a slight gradient towards the house which is painted white, to reflect the equatorial heat and is two stories high. Bamboo poles support a veranda which overlooks the jungle with views down to the ocean.
When we arrived Isla found her bed immediately as the journey and excitement finally caught up with her. She crashed out snoring in her new bedroom, a stark and plain room with wide wooden floorboards and huntsman spiders as her companions.
Thankfully the house is calm and quiet. On the veranda are coloured hammocks which fit two little girls in perfectly. Finally Mont and I fell asleep, weary but happy to be in one of the most unique places on earth.