28 July 2010
If there’s one thing that South America lacks, it’s wildlife. Apart from the llamas and alpacas, there isn’t much to see unless you hike for days into the jungle.
Until you get to Galapagos.
1000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador and famous for their part in forming Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands are barren but incredibly beautiful. The islands are also smack bang on one of earth’s hottest volcanic spots and activity as recent as two years ago has helped shape their dramatic landscapes.
To be honest, I was a bit nervous about going to the islands. Galapagos has been at the top of my bucket list for a long time and I didn't want it to disappoint.
It definitely did not.
We'd selected an itinerary of eight days of sailing around the northern Galapagos Islands. It should cover the animals we want to see – blue, red and grey footed boobies, albatross sanctuaries, sea lion colonies, whales, giant Galapagos tortoises, and the land and aquatic iguanas.
We board our flight to Isla Baltra in Quito and I can barely contain my excitement.