Okay, the world isn’t over. You can breathe again. You can start planning for the future again… in a few days it’ll be 2013, with new expectations, new vows, the beginning of “the rest of your life” and a wait of about 99 years until next “doomsday” comes along, the doomsday that will hit the fan one 12-21-2112.
Okay, this is the end. As Darwin once said, “my only friend, the end”… No, that wasn’t Darwin! Darwin actually said, “in the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too), those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed”. Have we learned to collaborate and improvise… will we prevail after Doomsday the 21st?
These are the top five reasons as to why we, human beings, dream of visiting the Galapagos Islands; Yes, the ultimate five reasons as to why these islands have become a must-see destination on so many magazines, why they are today that once-in-a-lifetime cruise destination so many of us want to take advantage of “before we die”; why people get so excited when they finally book that four-day Galapagos tour; why, inevitably, these volcanic islands in the middle of nowhere, once-upon-a-time considered the epitome of earthly wastelands, the haunt of pirates, the Enchanted Isles (“enchanted” not in the good way), today are revered as a wonderland, a paradise, the idyllic vacation… Here are those reasons:
The Galapagos Islands holiday is not your usual holiday, nor are the Galapagos Islands your usual destination. You can try and treat them as such, but they will probably get the better of you. Because at some point, of course, you may imagine the gorgeous beaches, you may see yourself sitting back on a sun lounger and feeling the refreshing ocean breeze while reading a book or drinking a delicious cocktail. And during Galapagos Islands cruises, of course, you’ve got all of that… but none of “that” is the true essence of the Galapagos tour adventure.
It all starts at the break of dawn. Now, vacation is about sleeping in… and maybe you’ll prefer doing that. But out there, in the early morning hours, you may discover a sea turtle laying her eggs on a golden sand beach. And maybe your idea of a vacation doesn’t involve walking up a cliff, but out there, after an hour’s walk, you may witness the spectacular love dance of the albatross!
So yes, a Galapagos cruise is about discovery, about unique experiences with remote nature, experiences that when you’re out there you’ll feel just like a entered a hidden realm. it is pretty close to what Darwin actually saw on his journey almost 190 years ago! And that is exaclty what makes it so unique and exciting! Take the real Galapagos tour… step onto the hidden world amidst the oceans and off the comforts of your holiday expectations!
Lonesome George, a Galapagos icon, is no longer with us. Of course, visitors didn’t book Galapagos cruises only to see him, but Lonesome George was a welcoming addition during tours —certainly made visitors at the Darwin Research Station fulfill their latent paparazzi fantasies! But recent research has revealed the possibility that direct relatives of Lonesome George are still around. Can visitors continue to tell themselves in pride, “I’ve got Galapagos’ most famed celebrity on film”?
Breaking news: The ruling body that presides over Galapagos Islands cruises has just announced that it is now compulsory for all cruises and tours offered in the Galapagos Islands to give out flutes to tour guests, in an effort to eradicate rats from all the major islands (hoping of course that other introduced species that decimate endemic Galapagos wildlife populations follow)! If you’re a flutist and love the Galapagos Islands, what are you waiting for, book your cruise ASAP!
Be a veritable stranger in paradise, book a Galapagos cruise! I mean it; forget about that sixties (or fifties!) song, or that avant-guard movie (wait, that one was called “Stranger than Paradise”), or that new comic strip that’s been going around… the phrase should have actually been coined (and maybe it was, who knows) by someone who traveled to the Galapagos Islands.
Before the Galapagos Islands became a place you and I could visit, average men and women had never really been exposed to wildlife collectivity at every corner like one is during a Galapagos cruise. Of course, some can consider pigeons in a square, “wildlife collectivity”, but once you take a tour of the Galapagos Islands, you’ll know the difference!
It’s almost daily that you read on the internet that somewhere in the world, someone was inspired by a Galapagos cruise they recently participated in. People blog about their adventures, share their pictures of their trip, teachers stick the Galapagos Islands in their syllabus, the Galapagos become a theme at a local town fair, and a recent one I read on the internet just a couple of days ago from a zookeeper and her husband who embarked on a Galapagos cruise some days past: they revamped their zoo’s entire Galapagos tortoise installation with their own money. It must have cost a fortune!
We have chosen the winner of a Galapagos cruise for two as part of the Galapagos blog contest we’ve held since the month of September, which terminated on October 31. We had some great participants, and it was a very hard decision to make, with several heated arguments amongst the panel members as to who deserved the prize. Everyone wrote wonderful, inspiring blogs and everyone tried their hardest, of course, to get that Galapagos cruise “in the bag”. As someone once said, “there should be no competition in art”, but hey, this was just for fun. Thanks for participating…
So, without further ado, we’d like to announce the winner of a single Galapagos Cruise for two, awarded to he or she who most creatively and pertinently wrote about “Why I want to travel to the Galapagos Islands“. Her name is:
JANE GOLDEN with the blog titled Galapagos Family Fun.
Read her blog here.
The prize includes: a four nights’ Galapagos tour aboard M/V Santa Cruz, property of Metropolitan Touring, leading tourism operator in the islands. All meals during the cruise, highly experienced excellent bilingual naturalist guides, conferences and lectures on the islands and visits to every islands mentioned in the Santa Cruz cruise itinerary, transportation to and from the airport in Galapagos, plus, all snorkeling equipment are included.
And thank you all for taking your time and thinking and writing about this ever-so-special destination!