Galapagos 2014: from Darwin to Darwin - A Voyage of Discovery

(Or the Tale of Three Boobies)

March / April 2014

Yellow Marine Iguana

The resourceful reader will find no end of factual articles and references on the internet regarding the Galapagos Islands, their history, geology, fauna and flora;
this is not one of them.

This is my own Travel Report, Travelogue, Blog, whatever you wish to call it; it factually details my travels around the Galapagos archipelago in March / April 2014, and includes a number of anecdotes that make for lighter reading.

I hope that in reading this, you get a feeling for what I went through, the impact that such a special environment has had on me, and, if not spurred on already, perhaps it will encourage someone to abandon “traditional” holidays, and truly enjoy what travel has to offer; holidays should be an adventure, just as they were when you was a kid.

So, in March / April 2014, I embarked on a voyage that had been merely a dream for so many years. This was not just a holiday, but a total experience.

I understand there are people who place Galapagos on their “Bucket List”; something to tick off, like a bungee jump or a ride in a F1 car. Surely there has to be a better reason for visiting somewhere like this?

This started out as a simple travel article; a travelogue; a blog. As I’ve put my thoughts and a few of my photos together, it seems to have taken on a life of its own. Nevertheless, it will serve to focus the memories of myself and perhaps those I met on my journey. And if the casual reader finds enjoyment, and perhaps even decides to go see for themselves what all the fuss is about, it will not have been in vain.

As you can tell, I'm not very good at web authoring, so for this article, I've decided to publish my thoughts as a PDF, rather than in HTML. Below, you will find two links; a smaller file for slow links (lower quality images) and a second larger file for faster connections - this will give better image resolution. On a screen, you probably won't notice much difference.

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