Il ne faut pas de tout pour faire un monde. Il faut du bonheur et rien d’autre.
Imagine yourself landing on a white and sandy beach on an early morning. Be careful not to disturb the sea lions – they are lying on the shore, enjoying the first sunbeams and slowly waking up. You’d be surprised how these animals love fat mornings! And you were wondering what all the black spots you had seen on your way spread along the shore were.
After spending some time looking at the sea lion colony; the guide urges you to start walking inland and visit the deserted island. Amazed by how close you can get to these animals, you don’t want to move and just want to capture one more picture because the sea lion just decided to go into the water. And then the guide says: “don’t worry, later today, we’ll swim with the sea lions!” And you start walking inland, and you see all sorts of animals, wandering around you and making you feel like a stranger on their own land.Each island has its own specificity: one is famous for being the land where all sorts of birds come to mate; another for its solidified lava soil. Everywhere you walk, you feel and see the impact of evolution on the various species: cacti grow like normal trees wherever they are threatened by land iguanas, lizards and marine iguanas are barely recognizable from the rocks you find them on.
The best way to enjoy the Galapagos Islands is to take a cruise. The smaller the group, the more you enjoy the impressiveness and beauty of nature. We went during low season, and, despite the not perfect weather, we enjoyed very much because we were alone on the islands. We didn’t have to rush through any path; we could take as many photos as we wanted. The only downside of it is that the waters aren’t very clear and snorkeling wasn’t extremely rewarding. I think that pictures are worth a thousand words each – so enjoy!
by Sarah Dagher , Beirut
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