Charles Darwin’s Commemoration Aboard Yacht La Pinta

By September 19, 2017News
Guests celebrating Darwin's anniversary aboard Yacht La Pinta

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).

Special Darwin talk

Special Darwin talk

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.

Special drinks were served to celebrate Darwin's arrival to the Galapagos

Special drinks were served to celebrate Darwin’s arrival to the Galapagos

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.

Our guests had the opportunity to dress up as old Darwin to celebrate his anniversary in the Galapagos

Our guests had the opportunity to dress up as old Darwin to celebrate his anniversary in the Galapagos

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.

Charles Darwin's Commemoration Aboard Yacht La Pinta

Charles Darwin’s Commemoration Aboard Yacht La Pinta

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.

The special Darwin cake baked by our Sous-Chef (also our Pastry Chef) and his team

The special Darwin cake baked by our Sous-Chef (also our Pastry Chef) and his team

Nathalie Moeller

About Nathalie Moeller

Nathalie Moeller is of Ecuadorian and German descent. As a child she spent her summers in the Galapagos Islands, where her mother grew up, and from a very young age learned to love the beauty and uniqueness of the archipelago. She studied Journalism and Humanities in Barcelona, after living in Madrid and Germany for a couple of years. This gave her a culturally broader view of the world, which is reflected in everything she does. Blogging gives her the opportunity to combine her passion for travelling and writing.