Dreaming of Darwin: Rachel Hardy’s Galápagos Adventure
She’s ice-climbed in Patagonia. She’s rappelled a waterfall in Belize. She’s kayaked the Amazon and confronted bush babies in Kenya.
And about five minutes from now (as I write this), Rachel Hardy departs for the Galápagos Islands for a 10-day, action-packed study tour with Lindblad/National Geographic.
“If you do everything on the itinerary, it could get pretty exhausting,” says Ms. Hardy, an IRT travel advisor and adventure specialist for almost two years. “But I want to do as much as I can.”
If the cruise passes muster (we don’t offer anything we haven’t tested), it will be the newest in The Society of IRT’s short list of adventure itineraries.
The action-packed “discovery cruise” retraces Darwin’s 1835 voyage on the Beagle, which led to his world-changing book The Origin of the Species.
Among the highlights:
- Close encounters with the Galápagos’ incredible diversity of wildlife: Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, colorful red and black iguanas, to name just a few;
- Hiking through giant cactus and incense tree forests, and an early-morning trek to a lava cone summit with stunning, panoramic views;
- Snorkeling among sea lions, small reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.
Her magic carpet for this adventure? The 96-guest Endeavour II, which includes a glass-bottomed Zodiac.
Best of all: accompanying her will be an expert team of seasoned naturalists, most of whom are native to the area.
“I’m especially excited about being with the Lindblad personnel.”Ms. Hardy said. “They specialize in an intellectual approach to adventure travel.”
Ms. Hardy’s review will appear in Track 25 shortly after she returns.
But Lindblad-National Geographic has an excellent reputation; its trips fill up quickly.
And note: Lindblad is offering free airfare from Miami on all departures Aug. 25-Nov. 17 on the Endeavor II. Book with IRT, and you’ll get extra perks aboard ship.
So sign up now to get on our “first notification” list for updates on the Galápagos program this year and next.
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