"Independently Galapagos" Top 5 Page for this destination Galápagos Islands by richiecdisc

Galápagos Islands Travel Guide: 1,271 reviews and 6,255 photos

While all places on this planet are special in some way, some can be viewed as more special than others especially with regard to attention garnered. This attention can come from the scientific community or be of the more popular variety of tourism. With the mind of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution so intrinsically linked to the Galapagos Islands, it lacks no pedigree with regard to the former and with governmental sanctions to limit visitation well in place it is obviously entrenched in the ranks as a tourist destination. That the Galapagos Islands are a special place is surely not a matter of conjecture or debate but what might be argued is how the area of worldwide importance is being managed. Its World Heritage status is perhaps best exemplified by the fact that few people know where exactly the archipelago is located or perhaps more perplexedly what country they are part of. Ecuador is the big prize winner but sadly few visitors to the Galapagos pay even cursory attention to their mother country except when criticizing its unfair visitation practices. It is true that is has become prohibitively expensive to visit the land where the theory of evolution took its inception and while more so in actual dollar amounts for foreigners than Ecuadorians it is prohibitively so for the latter when one takes into consideration annual income.

So, this is not about the high entrance fee nor the disproportionate price for flights. One can only hope that most of the money does in fact trickle down to the islands' fragile infrastructure. No, this is about how to make the Galapagos more accessible for those with limited funds. Not everyone can afford a $10,000 week vacation but everyone does deserve to see this incredible place. Once in a lifetime should not have to come down to mortgaging the house. While it is true the Galapagos are not a cheap holiday, with some care, it can be an affordable one. You might not spend the week on a luxury cruise liner but you will get to see the unique wildlife and landscapes that make this a special spot. And after all, that's why you came to begin with, right?

It seems odd that a site so inherently connected with Darwin's fascination with its flora and fauna's independence from the rest of the world's should become so intertwined with a group tourism mentality. The independent traveler is not only not catered to but is all but shunned when inquiries are made on anything outside the common four or seven day cruises. While no pretenses are made about being able to explore the Galapagos entirely on one's own it is more than possible to do quite a bit that way and in so doing, to become an autonomous traveler on the very archipelago that first instilled the idea of such survival to Darwin.

  • Last visit to Galápagos Islands: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Apr 1, 2008
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  • marlo.flores's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Perfect! Your really a great writer. Thank you for sharing this page. Hope someday I can visit Galapagos. See you on the road!

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    You are a very good writer! I enjoyed reading your reviews!

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    Aug 12, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    I read your page in 2008 and found it so inspiring and have been dreaming of going here ever since. So now it is time! :-)) Thank you so much for all your tips Richie, they are perfect!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Wonderful page! I defenitly want to visit Galapagos when I go to Ecuador next year, but don't know jet if I should do it on a cruise or independently. Just came back to finish the page!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Ceviche! Oh my god, how do I miss that! Magic wildlife, magic morning read, thanks Richie :-) I love these iguanas, the blue feet little guy! And the colours of Las Grietas, and... and.. Haha, it is always good to scream when coming across liars!!

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2009 at 12:31 AM

    Ahh - Sweet dreams. Some day, perhaps...

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    what adventures you have

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2009 at 4:12 AM

    As with Galapagos, I do believe good pages ought to be right at the top! Tell u what, I'll undertake to publish your book if I get a cut out of the sales ;-)

  • zumodemango's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2009 at 4:56 AM

    amazing nature!!!!!!!

  • Mateosh's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Which island was this amazing photo taken of the blue seas and lunar landscape on your Galapagos page?


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