Duration: 16 days
Exploring Galapagos islands in Darwin’s footsteps
Meeting date: 20th May 2018
The Galapagos Islands are a must-visit destination for anyone looking for the wildlife adventure of a lifetime as they are famous for the number of bird and animal species which are unique to the islands. Different islands are known for specific scenery, vegetation, and wildlife. However, many species, such as sea lions, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and a variety of coastal birds such as herons, tattlers, plovers, turnstones, and whimbrels, are common at most locations. Charles Darwin visited the islands on the HMS Beagle. Based on his studies of the wildlife in the ‘Enchanted Isles’, Darwin wrote the Origin of Species, otherwise known as theory of evolution by natural selection, in 1859. In his book he noted that each island had its own species of tortoises, reptiles, finches, and other birds.
Each of these species has adapted themselves to suit their unique island environments, passing their successful adaptations on to new generations. Today there are 13 unique species of finches found on the various islands, while marine iguanas and land iguanas are also descended from a common ancestry but have adapted to very different environments. Some species, such as blue-
footed boobies, are found nowhere else in the world.The Galapagos Islands are a photographer’s delight. The animals are fearless, roaming free and unafraid, allowing you to capture amazing images without the aid of a long, heavy zoom lens.
The Galapagos Islands are a must-visit destination for anyone looking for the wildlife adventure of a lifetime as they are famous for the number of bird and animal species which are unique to the islands.
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I enjoyed EST expeditions and made very good friends, who I have been in regular contact with ever since. I experienced and learned a lot during the two expeditions I went to with Extreme Summit Team. I appreciate the way in which Dragan does his job. His knowledge of the secrets of the Himalayas inspires confidence in each member of the expedition and my opinion is that he is capable to lead to the top of the mountain even people with modest mountaineering skills. I am always pleased to recommend EST team to all my colleagues who would like to experience the challenges of high mountain climbing
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