Charles Darwin’s Commemoration aboard Yacht La Pinta was celebrated by our guests and crew on the 15th of September, 2017, but the story begins many years ago. One 15th of September, 182 years ago, a young Charles Darwin arrived to the Enchanted Islands aboard the HMS Beagle more excited than ever to witness the magic of the islands after all the stories he’d heard. It was thanks to his interest in taxidermy, geology, and natural history that Darwin found himself invited to partake in a voyage around the world alongside Captain Fitzroy and his crew. And while Charles Darwin soon enough found out that he was not at all built for voyages at sea, he remained aboard the Beagle for its extended 5-year journey (a length of time that ended up being much longer than initially planned).
Darwin, the Observer
The little but tense disagreements between him and Captain Fitzroy didn’t stop Darwin from taking advantage of the journey to observe and study as much as he could. And such was the case for his arrival in the Galapagos, an archipelago which Darwin had heard countless stories about. Unfortunately, all these stories (told either anecdotally or written by buccaneers, pirates, or whalers) were too short and devoid of in-depth detail to fully provide Darwin with a true sense of what the islands had to offer. As there was little to no description and information, the Galapagos remained an unstudied mystery until Darwin came along and put his scientific skills to work, observing and describing what would later become one of the stepping stones in the creation of his polemic “Origin of the Species” book.
Charles Darwin’s Commemoration Aboard Yacht La Pinta
The arrival of Charles Darwin to the Galapagos (and his month-long stay in the archipelago) was an important event for the islands’ history. We couldn’t let this important date pass without a proper celebration, which is why we took it upon ourselves to do something about it. To commemorate the young scientist’s visit aboard our beloved La Pinta Yacht, we treated our guests to a Darwin Commemoration Cake, drinks and a special talk in which they learned about the scientist’s stay on the Enchanted Islands.
We submerged ourselves in the historic side of the islands, and had a blast alongside our guests who got to dress up with beards and 19th century capes – bringing back the image of old Darwin.
There is no better way to experience the Galapagos than by understanding the role they played, however small, in Darwin’s theory of evolution. And as a way of following in his footsteps, we actually managed one of the days of our itineraries entirely coincide with the exact day that Darwin himself disembarked on the same island we were visiting, except he was here 182 years ago. We were quite literally following the steps of the biggest evolutionist that the world has ever seen, and it’s the only way to properly honour his journey through the Galapagos Islands.