Galápagos Islands

is a unique feeling about visiting the Galápagos
. Tales of strange wildlife and pioneering explorers
make them seem almost inaccessible to a “normal” person; a mythical
land. As travel photographers, we’re used to shooting people and
culture, but this promised a wholly different experience featuring
rare wildlife and vast, empty landscapes.

The Galápagos Archipelago is a group of 13 islands and hundreds
of islets that are in perpetual movement. They lie 973km west off
the coast of Ecuador,
sitting atop a volcanic hot spot that was responsible for their
creation. Their location at the intersection of four ocean currents
with different temperatures – the cold Equatorial and Humboldt
currents, the warm
current and the deep-sea Cromwell current – seems
strategic for the congregation and development of some of the most
exceptional species on earth. Animals that are usually found in
completely different climates thrive together, and it’s almost
comically surprising to spot a Galápagos penguin resting on a bed
of volcanic rock next to a group of marine iguanas.

This is one of the few places on earth that remains free of
human trace other than those who live on the outskirts of the
protected area of the Galápagos National Park. This means that
animals are either nonchalant or inquisitive, the air is clean and
the landscapes unsullied. To be able to experience nature in such a
pure way changes your world perspective; we hope that these
pictures will go some way to convey that. |

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador