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Escape Your Everyday Adventure Travel Series: Ecuador & the Galapagos

Story by Explorer X

Posted: June 29, 2015

Where else can you get nose to beak with a blue-footed booby, perform underwater ballet with fur seals, hike among cooled lava flows of still active volcanic islands and hold court with 100-year old tortoises – all in one trip? Today, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are still awash with the incredible natural diversity that captivated Charles Darwin almost 200 years ago.

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, the 19 islands of the Galapagos archipelago and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch – that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835 aboard the HMS Beagle.

A complimentary flight of Elsom Cellars award-winning wines and Ecuadorian nibbles will be served plus event attendees will be able to join a raffle for a prize from Arc'teryxAlso, attendees receive a special discount on Evergreen Escapes' upcoming escorted journeys through Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia.

Meet the Expert | Bill Hendricks

Join us at the Adventure Hub on July 23rd to learn about the flora, fauna and landscapes of the Galapagos Islands, as presented by naturalist Bill Hendricks.  Bill worked as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands for nearly a decade and has also lead nature and wildlife-based tours in the United States and Canada.  He has been featured as an expert and resource in several publications and articles about the species diversity and ecology of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador.