Explore the Galapagos with Martin Berg
This year's trip to the Galapagos and Ecuador's highlands departs on 26 October. The expedition leader and guide is the dedicated nature enthusiast Martin Berg, who has visited this magical island group several times. Galapagos is truly a dream destination for all animal and nature lovers. Here Martin shares his expectations for the trip and lists some of the reasons that he believes make Galapagos a world-class destination.
"I am really looking forward to returning to the Galapagos Islands. It's always difficult to have expectations for the Galapagos because the ecosystems both on land and at sea vary so much from year to year depending on El Nino and La Nina, among others. But in general, I expect many close encounters with animals both below and above the water surface. I'm looking forward to snorkeling with fur seals, colorful fish and maybe the occasional hammerhead shark. On land, I hope to spot some bird species that I haven’t seen yet. The Galápagos rail is one such bird."
Eight reasons to visit the Galapagos according to Martin:
1. Unique wildlife
Galapagos is known for its exceptional wildlife. There are species found nowhere else in the world, from giant tortoises and marine iguanas to blue-footed boobies and Darwin's finches.
2. Evolutionary history
The islands were the place where Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection. Visiting the Galapagos offers the opportunity to see for yourself how different species have adapted differently on different islands.
3. Amazing snorkeling
Galapagos offers great opportunities for snorkeling and diving. Swimming with sharks, sea turtles and colorful fish is a memory for life.
4. Magnificent island scenery
The islands have a variety of impressive island landscapes, each with its own unique character. From volcanic black moonscapes, to white sandy beaches and lush cloud forest.
5. Conservation of nature
The Galapagos Islands are a World Heritage Site and an unique biosphere reserve. Visiting them gives you the opportunity to contribute to their conservation by supporting sustainable tourism.
6. Bird watching
For birdwatchers, the Galapagos is a dream destination. A variety of bird species can be found here, including albatrosses, petrels, frigate birds and finches.
7. Hiking and exploring
The islands have a network of hiking trails that allow you to explore their natural beauty and diverse ecosystems on foot.
8. Friendly people
In addition to the amazing wildlife, the local people of the Galapagos are hospitable and welcoming. Getting to know their culture and way of life can be an enriching experience.
Martin BergGuide and Expedition Leader
The Galapagos Islands are located on the Equator, in the Pacific Ocean, nearly 600 miles off mainland Ecuador. Here we can play with sea lions, swim with penguins and photograph iguanas and giant tortoises. The animals are unafraid of humans and for anyone interested in wildlife, the Galapagos archipelago is a true oasis. Since 2003, we have taken adventurous travellers to this wildlife haven - now it's your turn!