Going to The Galápagos Islands is like going to school. Specifically, going to science class or a science camp. As a kid, reading my science books didn’t especially keep my interest peaked. I was much more into anything creative. What I realized when I went to the Galápagos was that maybe I wasn’t really into reading about science but experiencing science? Well that is a whole different experience.
Visiting Santa Cruz Island is like going to evolution camp. Through Pikaia Lodge I spent just under a week exploring Santa Cruz Island as well as neighboring islands and every day my mind was blown. As we encountered animals, I wasn’t sure what I was more impressed by, their adaptive abilities, or the fact that they exhibited no fear.
There is a sense in the islands that it feels a bit like you are stepping into Jurassic Park. The land and creatures that inhabit it feel untouched and wild. If anything it definitely feels like you are stepping into their world. Snorkeling with sharks or penguins is so humbling and beautiful that when you raise your head from the ocean, you wonder if you are dreaming.
There are few places in this world that I’ve been that feel so completely old and new at the same time, untouched and yet so imprinted. I found myself wanting to take notes as if I was in lecture as our guide would share information on the local environment and scientific impact.
It’s these types of trips that I love most. Ones that feel robust, pregnant with information at every corner. Ones that take you to beautiful places where you encounter incredible knowledge.
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