A Budding Travel Writer in Bangkok

When traveling independently for the first time, Ben Westwood visited Thailand, a country that encapsulates some of the best tourist experiences the world has to offer—as well as some of the worst. During this trip, he realized that travelers need advice from experts in order to navigate their way through unfamiliar countries, and he decided he wanted to be one of those experts someday.

The Five Best Hikes in the Galápagos

Bring your walking shoes, because rocky trails in the Galápagos are not best tackled in sandals. There are trails along pristine beaches, through forests of cacti, and along unworldly blackened lava trails, offering close encounters with wildlife and sweeping views over the archipelago.

Tortoises and Turtles of the Galápagos

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands will marvel at the amazing array of wildlife. For those interested in turtles and tortoises, Ben Westwood explains the different types and where to spot them.

The Five Best Beaches in the Galápagos

Most travelers don’t come to the Galápagos to lie on beaches but rather to watch animals lying on beaches. However, many of the visitor sites are located around beautiful sandy stretches, and you may welcome the chance to sun yourself like a lazy iguana after a hard day of watching wildlife.

What is a Trip of a Lifetime?

A trip of a lifetime is a vacation to a place you have always dreamt of visiting, a place that offers something truly unique and will give you unforgettable experiences. It may even change your life. The Galápagos Islands fulfill all of that criteria.

—Ben Westwood

The Wonder of the Galápagos Islands

A visit to the Galápagos Islands changes you, as it changed Charles Darwin. You will return from these islands filled with a sense of wonder, and a clearer view of nature’s fragile beauty. The Galápagos is a glimpse of what life was like before humans threw their weight around, and a reminder that when we seek out perfection, we throw a wrench in nature’s works.

Observing Galápagos Wildlife and Protecting South American Jungle

The Galápagos give a glimpse of what the world must have been like at the dawn of time, reminding us of both the power and playfulness of nature. Reptiles (such as giant tortoises and iguanas) rule the land, and a magnificent array of fish, rays, sharks, sea lions, turtles, and penguins present a natural spectacle underwater. The rugged volcanic landscapes—blackened lava trails and smoldering craters —make the geology as fascinating as the wildlife.

Ecuador’s El Cajas National Park

Only an hour from Cuenca by bus, El Cajas National Park is easily visited on a day trip. With dramatic open rolling land and jagged rocks, Cajas feels almost like the Scottish Highlands.