Ever since the Galapagos Islands first appeared in an atlas in 1570, people have been curious about the archipelago and the unique animals and flora that abound there. Pirates, scientists, “royalty,” whalers and even novelists have played in a role in the colorful human history that now is now forever a part of the “enchanted isles.”
Situated in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles west of the coast of Ecuador, the 13 major islands and more than a hundred smaller islets that make up the Galapagos were among the original 12 locations to be listed as World Heritage sites in 1978 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). For many, a trip to the Galapagos Islands is a lifetime favorite.
In January 2012, I traveled to the Galapagos on a story assignment. While I had heard tales about encountering wildlife that has no fear of humans and that allows close encounters such as you can’t get anywhere else—which turned out to be true—I wasn’t prepared for the paints of the Pacific skies or the flowing-with-life, clacking, calling and crashing shorelines.
A multiple award-winning author and writer specializing in nature-travel topics and environmental issues, Candice has traveled around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and from New Zealand to Scotland's far northern, remote regions. Her assignments have been equally diverse, from covering Alaska’s Yukon Quest dogsled race to writing a history of the Galapagos Islands to describing and photographing the national snow-sculpting competition in her home state of Wisconsin.In addition to being a five-time book author, Candice's work has also appeared in several national and international publications, such as "The Huffington Post" and "Outside Magazine Online." To read her web columns and see samples of her nature photography, visit her website at www.candiceandrews.com and like her Nature Traveler Facebook page at www.facebook.com/naturetraveler.
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