Galápagos wildlife is famous for lacking an instinct to flee human presence. Oftentimes sea lions will jump off the rocks where they're sunning themselves to swim with snorkelers. Blue-footed boobies will build nests in the middle of a trail.
The next day I join the Carrs for tours of the Charles Darwin Research Station (a short walk from the Red Mangrove), to a lava tunnel the size of a subway, to a giant tortoise preserve, and the beach at El Garrapatero Parque Nacional for sunset.
Last year I actually won a sweepstakes for a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Beyond Darwin, I knew nothing of the archipelago. However, my week touring this eco-wonder changed my life and perception of ecotourism forever.