Posted by: galapagosinc | June 16, 2010

Galapagos Islands topped a new “Must-See” destination list

According to Irish Times, a new list of top travel experience destinations has been compiled from reader polls (almost 50,000 people voted).  The Galapagos Islands came at the top of list as a place for an amazing traveler experience.

“The very best travel involves experiences; an encounter with a particular animal, a visit to a famous site at a particular time of day, a dramatic journey to a renowned location. What links them all is they’re personal to the individual traveller, more about what one feels rather than sees,” Explore claims.

The focus on traveller experiences rather than destination seems to be taking off, with Lonely Planet launching their own version of such an award in the wake of the interest generated by the wondrous experiences list.

Explore drew up a shortlist of 20 “wonders” from around the world and then asked customers to vote on their favourites – and 48,473 did. South America featured prominently in the list, with the Galapagos being closely followed in popularity by the experience of arriving at the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu after trekking the Inca Trail in Peru.

Next in popularity came the experience of seeing giant gorilla up-close in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which also involves a lengthy hike topped off by a dramatic climax. Sunrise at Angkor Wat in Cambodia and tiger watching in India completed the top five.

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