Eleanor Barker flies aboard Latam's XL1413 from Guayaquil to the Galapagos islands.
Plane: Airbus 319.
Price: From US$450 return.
On time: XL1413 was perfectly on time, and boarding was no trouble.
Seat: A standard Economy seat with a coveted window view and the usual leg room.
Comfortable enough to doze a little; I thought the headrest's design was superior to those in the Boeing 737s.
Fellow passengers: I didn't pay my companions much mind until the eventful end of our journey. We had three tries at landing in high winds and the second was genuinely terrifying for a number of people on board. On the third go, as passengers sobbed, the determined pilot touched down to a huge round of applause. When we disembarked, the airport staff said our second landing attempt was one of the diciest they had ever seen.
Airport: Guayaquil Airport is modern and comfortable. The shops are a good distraction and the lounges well-equipped with power points and comfortable chairs.
Food and drink: I shelled out for a ham and cheese sandwich halfway through the flight and it was one of the best things I have ever eaten on a plane. Most drinks and all food cost extra on this flight, but it isn't hideously expensive.
Oddities: Latam flights have nice lighting, like a sunset.
Entertainment: BYO screen if you want to watch a movie show.
Luggage: I had check-in baggage and a fairly hefty carry-on, but no dramas there.
Service: Warm, the Latin American way. English is spoken by all of the crew.
The bottom line: I would absolutely fly with Latam again; you're in good hands.