We never thought this trip would happen for us, but it did. No matter how much we read about the islands, the animals, and birds, our expectations didn’t prepare us for the reality of the surprisingly diverse and wonderful adventure in Paradise.
We chose Ecoventura for their itinerary and excellent guides. In 7 days we visited 7 islands where we saw marine life and breeding colonies of birds; visited the giant Galapagos tortoises; walked, snorkeled, kayaked, and even visited mangrove inlets in pangas (small boats).
We were surprised how different each island was from the others. Birds and reptiles vary from island to island. Tortoises can only be seen on half of the islands. The sharp-beaked ground finch is found only on Fernandina and Santiago Islands.
A helpful reference book, “Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands” by Andy Swash and Rob Still, helped us keep track of the many things we were seeing, including where to find them.
Despite all the research and preparation that we did before the trip, we found ourselves surprised at all the many unexpected wonders.