Normally when I go on vacation, I am ready to return home at the end of the trip. However, traveling to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador was the exact opposite. I would have stayed there forever if I could have.
My family and I began this unforgettable vacation by flying into Quito, the capital of Ecuador. We stayed there for a few days before meeting the rest of our group members. Since no one was allowed to visit the Galapagos Islands unless they were from there or with a tour guide, we were going to take a tour with a company called Galakiwi.
The next day we boarded a small plane that would take us to the main attraction: the Galapagos Islands. There are thirteen major islands out of the about forty islands total that make up the Galapagos Islands. Humans aren't even allowed on a few of these, and all of them are protected. We landed on the island called San Cristobal, and met our tour guide, who was called Pepo. I could instantly tell Pepo would be an awesome tour guide. He was from the Galapagos, so he really knew what he was talking about. He was also humorous, nice, and had astounding stories to tell about the islands. After having dinner with and getting to know Pepo, we all went to the hotel we were staying at to get a good rest for the next fun-filled and action-packed day, which was to consist of snorkeling in two different places.
The first place we snorkeled was at an island called Isla Lobos. Up until this point, my only experience with snorkeling was in dirty lakes where you couldn't see a thing, or if you could, there wasn't really anything interesting to see. That is why I was blown away by snorkeling in the Galapagos. The water was perfectly clear; the sunlight shone in and illuminated the exotic fish and other sea life that made their home in the water surrounding the islands. There were so many striking creatures in the water to see: giant sand dollars the size of dinner plates, stingrays, sea turtles, beautiful fish, and even white-tipped reef sharks. Sea lions would swim next to you and play with you in the water. Marine iguanas, who only exist in the Galapagos, could be found eating seaweed or floating along on the surface of the water. Snorkeling in the Galapagos was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip for me, but everything else we did came in very close. We hiked to the top of an active volcano, called Sierra Negra, where we could see miles in every direction. We crawled through a lava tunnel and looked for tortoises. We snorkeled at many locations and went stargazing. Everything we did was breathtaking. Along with doing all these amazing things, I learned a lot about the history and culture of the islands. I also had many chances to practice my Spanish by talking to the locals and playing a game of bingo with them one night. Pepo even asked me to say a few words in Spanish to El Capitan, the captain of the boat who took us from island to island, thanking him for everything he did.
It is impossible to describe this spectacular trip in six hundred words, or in any amount of words for that matter. This trip was absolutely amazing and is something I will never forget. I learned so much and had a wonderful time; I would recommend taking this trip to anyone.
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