The Great Myth and Greater Mystery of the Galapagos Islands

Marine Iguanas, exhibiting dfferent colors on each island, sit around in huge piles, indifferent to human presence
This entry is part 2 of 18 in the series Ecuador

Our panga motored to within a few feet of a nondescript crescent beach backed by jagged, guano-encrusted cliffs. Its unremarkable appearance didn’t temper my excitement, for this was Darwin Bay on the island of Genovese in the Galapagos Islands, one of the most iconic natural destinations in the world. I hopped out into calf-high water … Read more

Striking Places Off My Travel Bucket List

Baby Sea Lion Poses for a Portrait in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador

It’s time to reveal my tentative travel itinerary. I say tentative because I never really know what my route will be. Some places, I definitely want to visit; others are potential destinations and still others are only “if I have time.” I generally have a hotel or hostel reserved for the first few nights, but … Read more