‘The volcanic ISLANDS of the Galapagos are made up of thirteen large islands (of which only four are inhabited) and hundreds of islets and rocky outcrops. In isolation from the rest of the world, the wildlife has evolved in a way that makes 90% of the reptiles and half the birds totally endemic to the Galapagos. This remote region of the Pacific Ocean is where Charles Darwin conceived his theory on biological evolution.
With our origins in Africa, True Travel has a natural affinity with wildlife focussed holidays. So as we look to expand our horizons to another of Earth’s great wildlife destinations it seemed appropriate to dig a bit deeper into what makes the Galapagos such a special, bucket list topping, trip.
In late May I enjoyed a little escapism, catching up with the owner of Galapagos Safari Camp, Stephanie Bonham-Carter. Back in 2003 she, and her husband Michael, scrambled up a tree on Santa Cruz Island and fell in love with the views, the intimacy with nature and the raw beauty of the place, so they decided to make it home.
When we spoke, Stephanie was in Quito and as the rain lashed at my windows in London my computer screen was filled with palm trees swaying against a bright blue sky. She was on her way back to Santa Cruz Island for the first time in over a year and beamed with excitement about getting back home.
Traditionally, the Galapagos is a destination that’s best experienced afloat, the vast majority of visitors will still fly across from mainland Ecuador, hop straight on a scheduled expedition cruise on a week-long predetermined route. Being afloat certainly has its benefits, enabling visitors to experience many of the flagship species and to visit some of the more remote islands to witness wildlife endemic to those locations.