Galapagos reflections

Alejandra_Ribera

Scottish-Argentine-Canadian songstress Alejandra Ribera joined our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as an entertainer for the first time this spring. Joining at the last minute, Alejandra rose to the occasion like a veteran!

Here are Alejandra’s reflections on an incredible experience, and a selection of her stunning photos.

I couldn’t have painted it. As I sift through the photos taken during our trip to the Galapagos I can’t help but shake my head and wonder – how it is possible we could have experienced such rare beauty .. and in such a condensed time frame?

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You would think we would have had to camp out for months on end to witness a dance between courting blue-footed boobies, the bobbing heads of playful sea lion pups who nudged our feet at the edge of the Zodiac, a serene owl, a meditative iguana stretched out under a cactus tree sprouting from charcoal-black lava rock.

cactus

It seemed to defy logic that any life could thrive so gracefully in a place that at first appeared barren. Talking about this trip to friends since I’ve come home has made me feel a bit like a religious witness. I’m trying to describe something that is indescribable.

sea lion

I am deeply grateful that I was lucky enough to live this trip with an group of fellow travellers who were equally awestruck and humbled at the magnitude of the beauty. This group was so welcoming and enthusiastic. Playing for them was an absolute delight. I remember at one point thinking “We’ve walked through a lava cave together. Well I’ve never done that with an audience before! A couple of us even snorkelled past the same hammer-head shark this afternoon!”

It was the most unique performance experience I’ve ever had … not excluding trying to stand up-right whilst singing on a boat rocking back and forth! The Galapagos have changed me. The guides led us with us with care. They shared their passion and expertise ensuring that our experience would not just be one of wonder but discernment, greater understanding and true appreciation for the environment we inhabited those 9 days.

sunrise

Thank you for this trip of a lifetime. I look forward to one day sharing the songs this experience inspired.

Capturing Galapagos

We don’t know which part of this video we love most. The portrait of the amenable blue-footed booby? The close-up of the easy-going Galapagos tortoise? It could be the squishy octopus wrapping itself around a traveller’s hand, or the adorable seals spooning on the beach…

On second thought, it’s all of those, and one thing more: This brilliant visual document of a voyage to Galapagos Islands was shot on a cell phone by honeymooner Miguel Endara.

Visit Galapagos Islands with Adventure Canada, April 25 – May 6.

David Attenborough’s Galapagos

We’re a little jealous this week of people with access to ABC-TV.

David Attenborough’s Galapagos premiered this week, and judging by this trailer, it’s a feast for the eyes.

Tortoise

Mind you, nothing beats the real thing… and unlike most of the show’s viewers, we’re actually headed to the Galapagos Islands this April. Care to join us?

 


Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, April 25, 2013 – May 6, 2013

Adventure on the horizon!

It’s a busy time at the Adventure Canada headquarters along the icy shores of Port Credit, Ontario.

We may be gazing out at the depths of winter, but our minds are on the spring and summer seasons stretching ahead of us. And no wonder: just look at the trips ahead of us as we celebrate our 25th year in style.

Lovers of exotic locations will be excited to hear we’re heading back to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands shortly, followed by Cusco and Machu Pichu. Fans of “Britain’s Better Half” will want to know all about our two trips to that legendary destination: Scotland Slowly, and Scotland to Greenland.

And then, as spring flings into summer, comes a series of the Arctic excursions for which we are so well known. Take your pick of Heart of the Arctic, Alianiat Arts Festival, Into the Northwest Passage, Out of the Northwest Passage, and Artic Explorer.

As the summer sun hangs high in the sky, you’ll find us heading slowly southward again in style, via Greenland and Wild Labrador, and our spectacular Newfoundland Circumnavigation.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, the Great Bear Rainforest beckons the adventurous traveller. And don’t miss your chance to visit the wild vistas of  one of the world’s ten remotest parks, with Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Torngat Mountains Heli-Hiking.

That’s only a sample of what we’re doing, and where we’re going this year. Hope you’ll join us!