The Galápagos Islands
One of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing
Everything I read and everyone I spoke to warned me about how expensive it was going to be. It turned out to be not as expensive as depicted – if you are happy to do it on the cheap.
The Galapagos Islands are a little rough around the edges – I guess that’s why you pay the extra for the privilege of more luxurious options (like a ceiling fan). In the usual South American style, there were a few things that left me confronted, like the rip-offs, dodgy information, and dodgy water – DON’T drink the water. And if you travel to the Galapagos, maybe avoid, or carefully decide if the ‘Amigo I’ boat is right for you – thank GAWD I’m off that ship heap.. – I’m still kinda rocking 🤘.
Influence of man aside, the Islands and nature were abundantly beautiful. The animals, couldn’t have been more approachable and seemingly ‘tame’ (you could’ve basically stood right on top of them without any fuss or so much as a squeak. Is that what creatures are like before they are fucked with?? Maybe. Let’s leave these ones alone. In peace.). In the last two weeks, I’ve seen a lifetimes-supply of Sea lions, Blue-footed Boobies, Turtles and Iguanas (making up the majority of tasty critters on the Islands..).
I didn’t realise before arriving, but the Galapagos actually has really great snorkelling and diving, subsequently, I now have my dive certificate to carry on spending money (I don’t have)
wish I had an underwater camera with me at the time as I saw 6’+ rays, masses of turtles, loads of different tropical-type fishes, and got to snorkel and scuba dive with sea lions..!! It was simply an incredible experience..
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