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GALAPAGOS // DESTINATION GUIDE: #THEMATTERWAY

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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