Written by Quark Expeditions team member Nicholas Engelmann
Lions and tigers and bears… and egrets, and owls and puffins, oh my! Canadian Don Gutoski has snapped photos of the rare and the commonplace the world over, through the lens of his Canon camera. He recently won the 2015 International Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) contest for his “A Tale of Two Foxes,” a picture that graphically captures the effects of climate change.
There’s really no other place on earth like the Galapagos Islands, where you can interact with an unrivaled diversity of wildlife on land and sea. Catching a glimpse of the endangered Galapagos sea turtle, the giant Galapagos tortoise, or the cartoonish blue-footed booby nesting on bare rocky islands is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Guided expeditions to the Galapagos Islands provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences not just because of the scenery and the voyage itself, but because of the opportunities for viewing wildlife you won’t see anywhere else on the planet. One rare species you might spot while on a Galapagos Islands cruise is the Galapagos hawk.
Juliette Hennequin grew up in France, graduating from University before training to become a professional yacht skipper. In 2004, on her first trip to the southern Polar Regions, she met her future partner, Dion Poncet, while in the Falkland Islands.
When you take the trip of a lifetime, no detail is too small to be considered. For travelers taking part in a Quark Expeditions Antarctic Adventure, adding a few days to the beginning or end of your trip will allow you to explore some unique and interesting destinations.