SENIORS EXPLORE THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Oct 24th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Find Journey of a Lifetime

The Galapagos Islands (official name: Archipiélago de Colón; other Spanish names: Islas de Colón or Islas Galápagos) are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator in the Pacific Ocean.  1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago consist of 13 major islands, of which 5 are inhabited.  Senior travelers, as you probably already know, wildlife is its most notable feature.

Galápagos Islands is the world’s biggest Galápagos site. A trip to the Galápagos Island will be the journey of your lifetime. The islands have taken on a mythological status. Their relationship with Charles Darwin, the islands’ most famous visitor who undoubtedly violated several park rules in riding and eating the Galápagos turtles, has become distorted and romanticized.

Seniors, This is a Different World!

The Galápagos Islands may inspire you to think differently about the world. Nowhere else can you engage in a staring contest with wild animals and lose. You can’t help thinking you’ve stumbled upon an alternate universe, some strange utopian colony organized by sea lions – the golden retrievers of the Galápagos – and arranged on principles of mutual cooperation.

The Galápagos Islands and its surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. The principal language on the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of around 23,000. The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

Blessed by their isolation from the mainland and their equatorial location, the Galapagos Islands are beautiful all year through, therefore, no single time of year is better than another for visiting. For exploring the Galapagos,  you will most likely want to be in shorts and a loose comfortable t-shirt or tank top. A wide-brimmed or long-billed hat and a pair of sunglasses are essentials for protecting face, eyes, ears and neck from the bright and scorching equatorial sun. The sun hits the equator hard and can burn you before you know it.

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Flights to the Galápagos leave from Quito and Guayaquil. It takes about half an hour to get from Quito to Guayaquil and roughly one and a half hours from Guayaquil to the Islands.
Enjoy the Galápagos!  jeb



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