Galapagos Adventure

Just curious, what do you think of when Galapagos is mentioned?  I must confess that most of my thoughts were of huge turtles and a curiosity about what inspired Darwin to think in terms of species evolution.  I gave little thought to the physical place, what it was like, where it was or what/who inhabited the islands, yet when the opportunity came to visit this mysterious place, it wasn’t one to turn down.  And, how glad I am for that opportunity as it opened the door to a stimulating, incredibly interesting adventure.

You may know lots about the Galapagos archipelago, but in case you don’t here are some interesting tidbits:

More than 100 islets, reefs and rocks make up the Galapagos, with 13 of these being major islands.

Over the course of tens of thousands of years, each of the formations will move away from what is called the hot spot and disappear while others are formed by volcanic activity beneath the sea to replace them.   The oldest islands are roughly 5 million years old, and the younger islands like Isabella and Fernandina are still being formed.

About 25,000 people reside on the islands that are fit for human habitation.   The islands are 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, so life there is not the most convenient.  Little grows  which means that most of the foodstuffs as well as life necessities have to be brought in.

There are 3 types of life in the Galapagos: endemic meaning unique to the islands, native meaning it can be found in other places and introduced describing the species (cats, goats, donkeys) left by man and which have become feral.

Of the major islands, we visited seven.

This not being the rainy season meant that the islands were arid, brown and dead looking but with a special kind of beauty.  Soon, we were told, it will rain and the islands will change to a lush green.  It would be interesting to return when that is the case to see the difference.

The life form most evident was the marine iguana, an almost prehistoric looking creature that is only found in the Galapagos.

They are not pretty critters, and their feet resemble human hands.

Except when they go into the sea for algae, their food source, they seem to lie still on the rocks, sometimes singly, sometimes in large groups.

They aren’t bothered by human traffic and are not aggressive.   That doesn’t mean one doesn’t have to be wary, however, as it is very easy to step on one because they blend so perfectly with the environment.

Enough about iguanas.  Stay tuned, however, for more beautiful and awesome species.

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4 thoughts on “Galapagos Adventure

  1. Unbelievable pictures!

  2. Wow, I don’t have a “bucket list” but after seeing these photos I think I want to not only start one, but to put Galapogos near the top of it! I know where the islands are and a tiny bit about the iguanas but these photos make it “real” for the first time… amazing place, what a privilege to be about to visit here. Brilliant post, Thank You so much!!!

  3. What a fantastic trip that must have been! I can’t get over how the iguanas feet resemble hands (a tad creepy!) Can’t wait to stop back in & see more of your trip! Hope your Holidays are happy and bring you joy 🙂

  4. Whoa, those hands are creepy-looking! That is amazing how they blend in so well, no wonder they have survived for so long. Thank you for all the good info. Z

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