Galapagos

I have been offline and unplugged for the last week in the Galapagos Islands. Before kicking off this adventure last November, I longed to reach the Galapagos. I put this longing at the back of my mind though, as I knew I had a lot to look forward to before making it to this small chain of islands, some 1,000 km off mainland Ecuador. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that my time here could be as incredible as it has been. I know I say this a lot but I will, hand on heart, be back!

As you may have read in my previous post, I was very much looking forward to getting back to the ocean after an extended time in the Bolivian and Peruvian highlands. While I knew of the Galapagos’ reputation for wildlife, I hadn’t really stopped to consider the impact that coming into such close contact with this wildlife might have on me.

While all of my friends and family have been working this last week, I found myself laying on deserted beaches with sea lion colonies, snorkelling with sea turtles, reef sharks, hammerheads and manta rays, and hiking through remote islands and photographing birds, iguanas and the famous giant Galapagos tortoise.

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I laid on this hammock for a long time waiting for this guy to approach. It was worth the wait!

There were a couple of close encounters with some overprotective sea lions, whose pups I inadvertently walked too close to, but on the whole the animals couldn’t care less if I was there or not. Sea turtles and rays effortlessly glided by as I kicked and scrambled to keep up, sea lions waddled their way up the sand, sometimes stopping by to sniff my leg briefly before continuing on their way. Everywhere you look in the Galapagos, Mother Nature is in full view. From plants and animals who have somehow adapted to their surroundings to the cycle of life, where animals die only to feed and sustain others. One thing that the last week has taught me is that I am only a small drop in one giant ocean. The Galapagos was a humbling experience.

My attempt at trying to summarise a week spent living amongst some of the world’s most unique species of animals into a few concise paragraphs, with a few photos thrown in, seems a little inadequate. Nevertheless, I hope that it in some way conveys the sheer joy that the last week has brought me.

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Plenty of posing locals in the Galapagos Islands.
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Even the crabs look amazing.
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The famous Blue-Footed Boobie.
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I spent a lot of time squatting down taking photos over the last week. Sometimes the locals rewarded my dedication.
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I nearly busted a lung diving down to get a shot of this guy. It is difficult to tell from this shot but he was a big turtle!
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It’s all about family.
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If you stay still long enough, the sea lions can come up for a closer inspection.
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Kicker Rock. The site of Hammerhead and Reef Shark colonies.
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15 thoughts on “Galapagos

  1. Such an amazing experience you are having and Galapagos seems like the icing on the cake. Incredible photos. What a great privilege to experience nature like this.

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