As a wildlife buff, my travels are often fuelled by my interest in animals and their natural habitats. I’ve traveled from Madagascar in search of lemurs to Africa for the Big Five and Australia to hang out with koalas and kangaroos — but the Galapagos Islands remains my favorite spot for wildlife experiences.
Marooned 500 miles away from continental Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, this group of volcanic islands is a huge marine reserve, home to a vast number of rare and endemic animals. Due to its remote location, these animals are well-protected, and most of all, they do not see human beings as a threat. I swam with mischievous sea lions, hugged a giant Galapagos tortoise, and sat beside a blue-footed boobie – most of them were as curious of us as we were of them.
Whether you are an animal lover or not, wildlife in the Galapagos will be sure to move you. Here’s a look at the photos we captured on the Galapagos Islands – I hope they’ll give you an idea of how close and intimate the wildlife encounters can be on the islands.