At the end of August, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Galapagos Islands with my parents, Bev and Tom Marlow, my one of my sisters, Joanna Marlow, and her two children, Claire and Jason Smith. Together, we had an incredible seven-day journey aboard The National Geographic Endeavour. The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, were made famous by Charles Darwin and his study of the islands’ plant and wild life. The diversity of the flora and fauna on islands so close to each other and with such similar geography stunned Darwin and were the “the origin of all my views”. His brief five-week trip to the Galapagos ultimately lead to his revolutionary and controversial theory of natural selection. Today, the cocktail camper can enjoy the beauty and mystery of the Galapagos on small cruise ships like the Endeavour, most certainly more comfy than Darwin’s Beagle!
After settling in aboard the Endeavour, our first excursion was to the beach, Las Bachas, on the island of Santa Cruz. “Las Bachas”, loosely translated from the English word, barges, is a white, sandy beach with clear blue water. Yes, the idea of paradise does come to mind!
After a fabulous first excursion to Las Bachas, we returned to the Endeavour to shower and get ready for dinner, and of course, cocktails!