Telegraph: The evolution of creature comforts




"What makes these creatures extraordinary is not only that they are endemic to this group of islands but also that they are as unafraid of humans today as they were in 1535".

"While exotic creatures in their wild costumes – with blue feet, pink scales, giant carapaces – were clearly the stars of this extravaganza of biodiversity, the islands that provided the backdrop to The Greatest Natural Show on Earth were equally fascinating."

"In this black desert, our guide reminded us, we were seeing Earth as it was in the beginning".

Getting there

The Ultimate Travel Company offer both Pikaia Lodge and Ocean Spray in their luxury tailor-made vacations to the Galapagos Islands. Or check out Ultimate's Director Rowan Paterson's Escorted Tour, Galapagos, The Enchanted Isles, for a 12-day itinerary to take in both the iconic species of Galapagos fauna and the colonial sites of Quito, Ecuador's capital.