The Galapagos is perhaps most famous for its relationship with Darwin and his theory of the evolution of this planet’s inhabitants dating back to the 1500s.
But it’s also known for the archipelago’s fragile ecosystem and its harsh conditions. Whether tourist or local, there are rules that must be followed when interacting with the Galapagos Islands. For instance, no one can visit this delicate place without a professional, certified guide. These guides have been trained in the preservation of the archipelago, but also in how to fulfill and even exceed your visit’s expectations.
The entire region is one in which true immersion means many things. To truly get lost in the Galapagos, these are the top things to check off your list when visiting:
First, discover evolution’s king – the cormorant. This flightless bird wasn’t always without flight – but because there are not many predators on the ground, and because the bird needed to learn how to swim faster to catch its meals, its ability to fly was gradually lost.
Next, you’ll see that penguins don’t just live in the planet’s coldest regions – the penguins here are alive and well, and near the equator! And you won’t just see them, you can actually join them in the water, too.
Visiting the Galapagos teaches you more about Darwin’s theories than any books ever could. You’ll see how even the most delicate of species cannot only adapt but thrive in these harsh environments.
Amidst all this learning, you’ll no doubt want to just be still and absorb your surroundings. There’s no better way to do this than on the deck of a privately chartered yacht with a blanket of stars. And you can cruise through the islands at a pace you enjoy and with just those in your party to enjoy it with.
Become a real expeditioner on Bartolome Island. Walk to the highest point via nature’s stairway and look on in awe at a landscape that looks like the surface of our moon.
Finally, cap off your evening with some beers and friendly chatter as you watch baby reef sharks swim around the bay.
You never knew this Galapagos existed.
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