The Galapagos Islands are one of the most storied clusters of islands in the world. It's where Charles Darwin formed his theory of evolution and where you can find creatures that you can't find anywhere else. The giant tortoise, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies - the islands are a stage, and these guys (and their pals) are the stars of the show.
As a destination, the Galapagos are on the bucketlists of adventurers, amateur wildlife buffs, scientists and biologists from all types of different backgrounds. And for a few lucky souls, the Galapagos is their 9-5.
Oswaldo Noboa, a freelance Galapagos tour guide, is one such soul. He first visited the islands when he was 15, travelling from his home in Guayaquil, Ecuador. His first impressions weren't great. "From the city to here," he says in this video from Intrepid Travel, "rocks...plants...I didn't think I fit in this place."
But little by little, Oswaldo began to fall for the magic of the Galapagos. Now a professional naturalist who spends his days teaching thousands of travellers a year all about these incredible chunks of volcanic rock, Oswaldo is the ultimate Galapagos ambassador. "This is my office," he says. "And all of the animals we have here...they're my pets."
Check out the full story in Oswaldo's interview above. And then, why not think about planning your own Galapagos adventure.