Trip to the Galapagos…

January 16, 2011 No Comments by admin
If you’re looking for a fun vacation to an unusual and unspoiled destination, consider visiting the Galapagos National Park of Ecuador.
My husband and I toured the islands with Lindblad Expeditions aboard the National Geographic Endeavour in May of 2010.  Our days were filled with hikes, zodiac rides, and snorkeling.  Guides, who were as personable as they were knowledgeable, introduced us to the unique wildlife of the islands.  Blue-footed boobies performed their courtship rituals as we stood within two feet of them.  Marine iguanas, lying on top of each other in great piles on the rocky shoreline, didn’t budge when we sat down next to them.  Sea lions merely blinked as we side-stepped them on the beaches, and they somersaulted right in front of our noses as we snorkeled.  Our only disappointment was not seeing a large number of Galapagos tortoises.  While we saw a few in a forest and many at the Charles Darwin Research Center, most of the prickly pear-eating tortoise population seen on television programs lives on an island that is not open to the public.  Still, we wouldn’t trade our time in the Galapagos Islands.  It was a rare opportunity to enjoy nature in intimate surroundings.
Bill & Lynette Everson