We are often asked to provide some by travelers coming to the Galapagos Islands to recommend some books, music or movies to watch before their visit.
Our Galapagos resources page covers most items, as when it comes to the Galapagos, the great wildlife documentaries and books are what people are usually after. Sometimes travelers are interested in learning a bit more about the history of the inhabitants of Galapagos Islands though, which can be just as intriguing!
The film The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden tells the story of the first inhabitants of the Galapagos. Floreana Island is where Friedrich Ritter and Dore Strauch established themselves as the first people to move to and live in the Galapagos. But, their bit of eden would soon change as the Wittmer family and the Baroness and her lovers later called the same island their home, resulting in some settler tensions and – eventually – some murder mysteries.
Official Movie Trailer for Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
Floreana Island is often overlooked by people visiting the Galapagos, but it is in some ways our favorite island to visit. We stay overnight on Floreana on all of our 10-day Galapagos Adventure tours. There is great snorkelling and hiking around Floreana, plus when we stay at the Wittmer Hotel (pictured at the top of this post), we enjoy one of the best beaches in the Galapagos that also serves up great sunset views.
It is still a very primitive island compared to the other inhabited islands in the Galapagos, so the longer you spend on Floreana (home to less than 150 people today), the more you can imagine the events highlighted in the movie as being true. We like to think that no trip to the Galapagos Islands is truly complete unless you’ve spent a night on Floreana Island!
If you’re curious to know more about the film, check out the links below.
IMDB link for: The Galapagos Affair: Stan Came to Eden
Official Movie Website: www.zeitgeistfilms.com/galapagosaffair