No matter how many times you've been to the Galápagos it will always amaze and surprise you. But nothing can quite compare to that very first visit—to that jaw-dropping thrill when you step foot on your first otherwordly island, tiptoe around your first mountain of marine iguanas, or spot that first giant tortoise meandering across the trail. This past August, New Jerseyite and professional photographer Steve Freeman joined us aboard National Geographic Endeavour II to discover this legendary place which he had only seen in documentaries. Here, he shared his best first-time memories and the exhilarating photos to match.
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