Today is the birthday of Charles Darwin. To celebrate, we thought we would take a look at his historic journey on the HMS Beagle and where he might travel if he were alive today.
Charles Darwin spent almost five years traveling around the world on the HMS Beagle as a naturalist, collecting and sending specimens to Cambridge, investigating local geology, and formulating his thoughts on what would later become “On the Origin of Species.” During his journey, he spent five weeks in the Galapagos Islands studying the tortoises, mockingbirds, and finches.
Today the Galapagos Islands remain some of the most pristine wildlife regions in the world – fit for any modern explorer to discover. We’ve got a number of journeys to the Galapagos where you’ll discover the marine iguanas, giant tortoises, penguins, fur seals, and sea lions among other marine life.
Inspired by his travels, we thought we’d ask the question – where might Charles Darwin travel today if he were still alive? Here are our top four laces to inspire your inner Darwin.
The Southern Polar Region
The Southern Polar Region encompasses areas of Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and western Antarctica and is one of the world’s most pristine environments. It supports an incredibly rich plant and animal life, with penguins, seals, albatrosses, and a large number of whales calling the region home.
See it – Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia | Southern Ocean Lodge is located on Kangaroo Island, widely regarded at the Galapagos of Australia with its diverse wildlife and natural beauty. While there, take a marine tour in a zodiac to discover the area’s dolphins and a variety of seabirds including penguins, sea eagles, albatross and pelicans.
Madagascar is a kaleidoscope of nature you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It has a distinct natural identity of spiny forests and exotic species that have evolved like nowhere else in the world, including the famous primates of the island – its lemurs.
See it – A Madagascar Safari | Explore one of the world’s foremost wildlife and cultural destinations with a two-week safari that showcases the untamed island in all of her glory, from the Spiny Forests of the South to the epic island paradises of the North.
The tropical forests of Borneo are incredible rich in biodiversity, home to the Bornean orangutan as well as 220 other species of mammals, 420 species of birds, 3,000 species of trees, and about 15,000 species of flowers. The waters off of Malaysia Borneo are also legendary and offer dozens of dive sites ripe with some of the most impressive coral and marine life.
See it – Wild Borneo by Helicopter | Head over – and into – Borneo’s jungles and beaches by private helicopter for eight thrilling days in search of encounters with orangutans, traditional tribes, and stunning natural beauty. Discover your inner naturalist on this tropical island paradise for the adventurous soul.
The Southern Andes, Argentina
During the voyage of the HMS Beagle, her captain Robert FitzRoy celebrated Charles Darwin’s 25th birthday by naming a mountain in the Andes after him. What is now known as Mount Darwin is located in the southernmost range of the Andes, just north of the Beagle Channel.
See it – Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa | Head to Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa in Argentina, located on the shores of the Beagle Channel with magnificent views of the southern Andes. From there you can explore the area known as the “End of the World” with tours of the Beagle Channel and local culture, train excursions, glacier visits.
There’s a big world out there to discover. Whether you are exploring in Darwin’s footsteps or paving your path, we’re here to help you.