Founding Fellow, Howard Saunders, shares details on his recent trip to the Galapagos.
I joined Fellow Jonathan Green in hosting an 8-day excursion to the Galapagos Islands this past May. This was a very special voyage organized by the society’s expert on South America Macarena Iturralde.
Personal highlights included the marine iguanas and the abundance of turtles we swam with during our many snorkeling sessions. The sheer proximity of so many large reptiles, not to mention the divers fish and birds all around, makes these islands truly unique, and provides a constant reminder of why these volcanic isles have become so popular to visit. We had the flexibility to get to the more remote western side of Isabela Island and explored the pristine island ecosystem of Fernandina where no foreign species have invaded, and sailed north to hike around Darwin Bay where we marveled at how that voyage back in 1835 unknowingly opened up perhaps the planet’s truest natural wonder.
The archipelago is long considered one of the most interesting and diverse destinations for wildlife viewing. While the Galapagos is well protected, a great itinerary, boat, and guide are key for an intimate and authentic visit.
Contact Macarena to learn more and to plan your own visit.