The Galápagos Islands intrigues many as a fascinating travel destination where you can get up close and personal with an abundance of diverse wildlife in its natural habitat. This volcanic archipelago of 18 main islands, several smaller ones, and over a hundred rocks and islets, is located about 1,000km (621mi) off the coast of Ecuador, the country to which these islands belong, and stretch out over thousands of miles in the Pacific Ocean. The Galápagos was the first UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, and Darwin's famous theory of The Origin of Species was inspired by his research in the Galápagos. These islands are many a photographer's dream for its unspoiled landscape and endless species of rare wildlife.
If visiting the Galápagos Islands is on your someday trip list, GalapagosIslands.com has a wealth of information on how to travel here, including cruise information, hotels, special promotions, and much more to help you get started on planning your trip.
For a land-based excursion, the five-star rated Pikaia Lodge located on the central island of Santa Cruz offers a luxury eco-adventure experience with easy access to expansive pristine beaches and nearby islands via boat. The hotel offers rooms with stunning views, excellent food and a variety of excursions to experience the incredible wildlife. The Tripadvisor reviews will entice you even more to plan a stay here for once-in-a-lifetime experience.
One can fly to the Galápagos via flights generally from Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador to either Baltra or San Cristobal airports in the Galápagos.
Mr. Norton's video is a light-hearted and different style of travel video, but a trip to the Galápagos is a different type of travel experience and one to add to your someday trip list.
Remarks by Andrew Norton: I recently got invited to visit the Galápagos islands in Ecuador. Just before returning home I called my wife, Katie to tell her about it. A tale of trying quasi-adventurous things, Darwin marrying his cousin and riding a tortoise and a kid that can do 1000 kick-ups, among other things.
Note: No tortoises we ridden during the making of this film.
Illustrations by: Drew Shannon
Music by: Podington Bear
Grading by: Alter Ego