Every January my school has a two week intersession class. Everyone picks one class or commits to a school trip, usually done through a travel agency and set up by a teacher or two. At the beginning of my junior year at High Tech High I decided that I was going to set up my own independent intersession and travel somewhere with my family. Of course it had to be educational in some way or the school would not count it as a credit. I approached the director of the school with my idea and he agreed. I committed to the set up and planned every aspect of the trip, carried out the plan and documented it in a Photo Journal.
I had always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands and while we studied evolution and
We spent Christmas in
There is no way that I could summarize everything event that occurred during this adventure, so I will outline it as best as I can and include links to my Galapagos Photo Journal that I completed after the trip.
We landed in on Baltra, took a ferry to
Santa Cruz, a taxi across Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora and caught a boat to . We spent a few days there and then returned to San Cristobal and went to Isabella for five days. After Isabella we returned to Santa Cruz Santa Cruz once again and we took a day trip to Floreana Island. We then explored in our last few days on the islands. Santa Cruz
I snorkeled with reef sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, marine iguanas, seals, penguins, and sea turtles. I saw Galapagos tortoises, thousands of marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, flamingos and seals up close in the wild. I hiked to the edge of an active volcano, jumped into a flooded collapsed lava tube and explored some of the lava tunnel caves in existence.
My Photo Journal has received fervent replies from everyone I have shared it with. It has been viewed over two hundred times from almost thirty counties around the world. I received an e-mail from someone planning a trip for ten to the Galapagos about the places we stayed; he planned to follow my itinerary on their trip.
This trip was truly an adventure and experience of life time and will continue to have an impact on my life.
Dear Reader: This page may contain affiliate links which may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Our independent journalism is not influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative unless it is clearly marked as sponsored content. As travel products change, please be sure to reconfirm all details and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.