Adventure Team | Dec 6, 2016
Please welcome the newest member of the Seven Corners Adventure Team, our new director of corporate strategy, Valory Myers!
Valory and her husband just returned from a dream trip to the Galápagos Islands... Here is her story!
A few weeks ago, my husband Chuck and I fulfilled a lifelong dream and visited the Galápagos Islands. It was an amazing trip and one of the most unique places I’ve ever seen in the world. The Galápagos Islands lived up to all the hype including the National Geographic documentary I watched just the night before the trip!
The Galápagos Islands sit along the equator just 600 miles west of Ecuador, and is made up of over 100 islands and islets. The name comes from the giant tortoises (in Spanish tortoise is galápago) and fame followed a visit from naturalist Charles Darwin in 1835 and his theory of natural selection. Unfortunately, visitors to the islands over the centuries took their toll, especially on the giant tortoise population. The great news is that today 96% of the island territory is protected as part of the national park and you can only enter with an official naturalist guide, and all animal populations are thriving.
I’ve never been to a place where the wildlife was so abundant and the geography was so diverse in such a close space. Because almost the entire Galápagos Islands are protected, the wildlife has virtually no fear and pay little attention to people. For this reason, the islands are some of the only places in the world where you can get this close to wild animals. Pictures just don’t do it justice but I hope mine might give you a taste…
We mingled with giant tortoises in the wild highlands, marine iguanas (the only iguanas that can swim) on the lava formations and pink flamingos on inland lakes.
We had an opportunity to snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, giant eagle rays, white tip sharks and penguins.
We sea kayaked through volcanic cliffs to get a close look at the famous blue-footed boobies.
The islands were beautiful, the landscapes were breathtaking, the wildlife encounters were close – It felt as though we were in a Jurassic Park, or some strange land, that few have a chance to enter. The Galápagos Islands are truly like no other place in the world. To explore one of the most bio-diverse places in the world was definitely a trip of a lifetime!