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5 Ways The Galapagos Islands Impact Your View of The World

“It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” This quote belongs to Anthony Bourdain and talks about the effects of travel. However, those of you who have travelled to the Galapagos Islands will agree that this quote sums up your experience to a tee.

For those who have yet to experience the wonders of this archipelago, here are five ways the Galapagos Islands change your view of the world.

You Will Fall In Love With Nature

You won’t be able to help yourself.

Humans have a desire to be in nature; for some, it is the beach and the ocean. For others, it is trees and mountains. But whatever your preference, the Galapagos Islands will steal your heart. From the alien-like terrain of Bartholomew to the crystal-clear waters surrounding the islands, each adventure will take your breath away.

Your love for nature will then be double by the enthusiasm of your guide. The Galapagos National Park employs each guide as they are experts in their fields, and they love their home. They love sharing their fun facts and still get excited when they see an animal or bird. No matter how many times they have seen that species.

It is an excitement that is contagious.

You will find yourself waking with the sun, desperate to go on your next excursion. And it is a feeling you will take home with you.

You will Have A Greater Understanding of The Ecosystem

We are all familiar with the ‘circle of life’ and the food chain. It is something we all studied in school, but it isn’t something we fully comprehend. A trip to these enchanted islands puts everything into perspective.

Learning the migration patterns of the animals and seeing them all in their natural habitats is a beautiful experience. It helps you understand the delicate balance that controls the ecosystem. You learn that everything has a place, and everything has a purpose. The loss of one of those species causes havoc to that particular system and a knock-on effect to others.

As humans, we take the ecosystem for granted. This trip gives you a greater understanding and appreciation of the world around you. Once you return home, you’ll find yourself looking at pigeons wondering about their mating rituals. Oh, and you’ll think twice about swatting that fly!

You’ll Consider Your Own Impact On the World

Your new love for the ecosystem will also have you assess your own impact on the world.

The effects of global warming and damage to the environment have led to concepts such as eco-travel and eco-friendly. All the tour operators in the Galapagos Islands follow strict rules ensuring our carbon footprint is minimal. It is something we at Haugan Cruises is passionate about. It is also something we hope to encourage.

We are not here to preach, but we do want to bring awareness to this.

We feel confident that after your time in the Galapagos Islands, you will reconsider some of your habits. Something as simple as using a refillable water bottle, for example, will reduce the amount of single-use plastic you consume daily.

There is something so pure about the Galapagos Islands that you feel an almost maternal instinct towards it. You want it to remain safe. You want those turtles to live very long and happy lives. During your trip, you see how delicate the ecosystem is. It is up to us to help preserve it.

You’ll Develop A Thirst for Knowledge

A trip to the Galapagos Islands is an adventure for the senses. You will love learning all her secrets, and you’ll want to learn more.

As the location where Charles Darwin explored the Theory of Evolution, there is so much still to learn here. The terrain on the islands changes as you travel closer (or farther) from the mainland. There is a reason for this, but I’m going to spoil it for you. You’ll have to come and find out for yourself. There are hundreds of undiscovered species, and there is a reason why some tortoises have longer necks than others.

During your excursions, you’ll find yourself asking more and more questions. Your curiosity will get the better of you. You’ll want to walk further and swim deeper. Animals that you never thought interesting will fascinate you.

You’ll Have a Sense of belonging

We’re not saying that you don’t already belong. But this trip will give you a renewed sense of belonging.

For some of you, a trip to the Galapagos Islands will take you out of your comfort zone. Your walks take you within close proximity of reptiles and birds that you may not have seen before. You will be exploring the underwater world, and that is nothing to be taken lightly. Maybe you have never spent a long period of time on a catamaran before.

It is an extraordinary trip to the extraordinary, and one that you will be highly proud of. Your fellow shipmates will become lifelong friends. The time you spend here will ground you. And your memories will make you smile for years to come.

Words really do not capture the magic of the Galapagos Islands. It is something you have to experience for yourself. For those of you who have visited, please feel free to share your experience with us.

For those considering a trip here, we hope to see you soon.