Why a Non-Birder Should Visit the Galapagos

AUTHOR Daniel Andino

Luxury travel blogger, Jean of Holy Smithereens, recently cruised with us in the Galapagos on board the MV ORIGIN and has spent the past few weeks sharing stories of her travels with Ecoventura over on her blog.

As someone who doesn’t bird watch, Jean was captivated with the birds of the Galapagos. During ORIGIN’s day trip to Genovesa Island (an island inhabited by native Galapagos birds), Jean was able to get up close and personal with Nazca Boobies, Swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos Frigatebirds, Darwin’s Finches and even the elusive Galapagos owl.

Jean proves that you don’t have to be a bird enthusiast to fall in love with the unique and fascinating birds of the Galapagos Islands.

Please take a moment to read her fun article, 7 Life Lessons That the Birds of The Galapagos Taught Me, and watch her video below of her day on Genovesa Island.  Come experience the nature and wildlife for yourself and book your cruise with Ecoventura today!

“Bird Watching in the Galapagos Islands…absolutely not what I expected bird watching to be. Believe me, I’d be the last person on earth to suggest bird-watching but I found myself ever so mesmerized watching these birds in action.” – Jean Carmela Lim

Below are several photos and highlights of Jean’s experience bird watching in the Galapagos!

“As we scaled Prince Philip’s steps, I can hear squawks, chirps, tweets and screeches from various kinds of birds. It sounded like there was a party up there!”


“There were moments during our exploration of the island that felt very Twilight Zone-ish. When we reached the tip of the island, it seemed as if bees or wasps were buzzing all about, but as you walk closer you realize that it’s all BIRDS.”


“Because I am not too familiar with birds’ behavior and body language, I found it quite fascinating to learn about the different Galapagos birds first hand, and in the most interactive classroom at that.”


“From meticulously building their unborn chicks’ nests to caring for the vulnerable chick – the birds of Galapagos seem to have a dedicated parents code in their mindset.”