Worth your while in the Galapagos

two galapagos sea lions sleeping

Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. It’s not an easy part of the world to reach and you need a good sense of adventure to explore the rugged terrain, but as Intrepid Express reader Michele Delaforce discovered, the Galapagos have a unique way of making it worth your while…

“Swimming with the sea lions at San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands was one of the most exciting and memorable times of my life. We had to walk for an hour to reach a cove that was quite difficult to get to, but the rewards were worth it!

As we came over the ledge the ocean was a striking turquoise and the cove was alive with sea lions playing in the crystal clear water. We climbed down the rocks and put on our goggles, masks and flippers, then jumped in.

A young sea lion came over straight away and swam around us and then as I dove another one followed me. I somersaulted and the young sea lion copied everything I did. Eventually the parents came over and joined in the fun too.

I remember gliding through the water and looking down at a cheeky adolescent sea lion. It was coasting on its back in line with my body just inches away, when it suddenly brought its flipper up and smacked my tummy. We were told not to touch them, but I was not sure what to do if one touched me, so I went into a somersault and it followed me. We played like this for over an hour. They are such inquisitive animals and extremely social too. Another older one swam up to my face and we were eye-to-eye when it blew bubbles in my face. It was by for the most awesome experience ever!”

Tour Galapagos Islands with Intrepid on trips like these great small group adventures:
Active Galapagos – 10 days
Absolute Galapagos – 5 days

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* photo by Jenny Carter – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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Michele Delaforce / Reply

Hey Bob,
You should definitely go! Life is very simple there and there are so many different trips to take and I am sure Interpid will have one that is perfect for you. San Cristobal was my favourite Island as the people were so happy and friendly. And remember the only thing that is stopping you from doing anything or going anywhere is you! 🙂

I definitely intend to go to the Galapagos Islands. I worked at the San Diego during our Darwin exhibit, I flew to London to see the exhibit before it came to San Diego, I spent 10 days in Capetown, South Africa in Oct of 2010, and have American Airlines miles to get to Guayaquil and even to the Galapagos. My time frame is after March 10th as I have a hip replacement being done on the 1st of Feb. I am a senior ( 72 ) and am looking for a less expensive trip as I have read that many of the trips to the Galapagos Islands are very costly. I hope to spend at least two weeks or so on the Islands plus some time in Ecuador. I have not made any flight arrangements yet, but I know that I have enough miles to get there. Bob Metzger

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