If you're itching to travel to far-flung destinations that evoke earlier times, why not visit the Galapagos Islands?
This incredible archipelago is a haven of unspoilt nature and fascinating animals that cannot fail to captivate its visitors.
Writing for etownian.com, Melissa A Cangialosi recounts her time spent on the islands, which she fondly describes as akin to stepping back in time.
"Upon landing at the airport, it was obvious that we had been transported to a place easily equatable to Jurassic Park," she comments.
Noting that amazing experiences such as swimming with sharks and sea turtles became an everyday occurrence, Ms Cangialosi also describes the wide variety of creatures to see all over the island, such as iguanas and penguins.
And some of the animals you will see on the islands are to be found nowhere else in the world, making spotting them all the more exciting. The Ecuador Tourist Board describes the archipelago as "the greatest wildlife sanctuary on earth".
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