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Takeaways From The Galapagos

Takeaways From The Galapagos
Guest review from Val B, a grandma traveling with her daughter and two grandkids to the Galapagos. First off, Wildland Adventures provided excellent materials and prep work for our Galapagos Family Adventure . All crew on the ship ( Flamingo I ) were excellent. They worked for us, but seemingly enjoyed each other, too. Which makes for a great team spirit and enthusiasm that could be "felt" by all. Our Naturalist guides, Gabby and Karina were exceptionally knowledgeable, and nice. There wasn't one question they couldn't answer fully. At the end, it was like we were "family" --- I've been on a lot of tours (Africa, China, Peru, Antarctica) and NEVER had such a great experience with trip leaders. Our local (Quito) guide, Marya, was super nice, friendly, and took us to really fun places. And, I LOVED that Karina made a cd of her photos and video for each of...
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Why the whole family will love the Galapagos Islands

Why the whole family will love the Galapagos Islands
Probably 2/3 -3/4 of the travelers I work with on Galapagos Island trips are families. They come to us in all ages and configurations – multi-generational reunions, or a single parent taking a newly-graduated son or daughter on a celebratory trip. Sometimes several families join together for a holiday celebration. If you have not yet considered the Galapagos for your next family holiday, here’s why you SHOULD: The Galapagos have something for everyone – amazing wildlife, incredible landscapes, morning-to-eve activities like hikes, kayaking and snorkeling.   All of these great activities are reached via the comfort of a beautiful yacht, with complimentary wetsuits, snorkeling gear and kayaks. Even complimentary wine with delicious dinners. What’s not to like?   A visit to the Galapagos Islands makes the best “Show & Tell” subject EVER for your child’s class. Sea lions in mangrove trees and dinghies, snorkeling with penguins (yes, penguins!), volcanic craters and...
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Watch How The Blue Footed Boobies Do It!

Here's a clip from tonight's PBS show Nature featuring none other than the blue footed boobies. Grab a bottle of bubbly with your lover and watch how they do it in the animal kingdom. Our friend, Chris Morgan , a bear biologist from Bellingham, WA, the Executive Director of Wildlife Media, is now the "chosen one" by Nat Geo to narrate many PBS and Nat Geo nature programs. He's the new David Attenbourgh of nature films, and he makes this mating display in Galapagos really funny. In fact, he's not unlike many of our Galapagos tour guides who share their amazing knowledge about natural history and evolution in an informed and entertaining style at a level everyone on a Galapagos tour can learn and enjoy. And this clip is too funny! For more information about Galapagos voyages see Wildland Adventures Galapagos tours . Interested in learning more? Contact Sherry Howland, South...
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New Galapagos Family Research Adventure

New Galapagos Family Adventure! Be a part of an actual research program in the Galapagos Islands. Who out there in our Wild World has ever wanted to be part of a real research team...gathering data on giant Galapagos tortoises or joining an international team of volunteers, fighting to eradicate invasive species in this fragile ecosystem? Wildland Adventures, in partnership with one of our most popular Galapagos yacht companies, is now offering teenage adventurers the opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists in the field in the fabulous Galapagos Islands! This rare opportunity to join a team of researchers and local and international teenage volunteers for one day is part of the Ecology Project International (EPI), and is available on our 11 day Galapagos Family Research Adventures . Guided by local scientists, the EPI experience introduces teens to authentic scientific study, raises cultural and ecological awareness, and promotes international cooperation. EPI empowers its...
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How to plan a trip to the Galapagos

If you’re like most aspiring Galapagos adventurers I encounter, you have Googled and looked at countless brochures and website after website about the iconic Galapagos Islands, only to become more confused. So many yachts, islands, itineraries! And what’s all this about naturalist guide ratings? When I initially speak with my Galapagos travelers, I try to zero in on the following: · When are you traveling? The Galapagos Islands don’t adhere to “normal” rules of weather cycles, so don’t try to fit them into our seasons. They are governed by ocean currents more than anything. · Are you motion-sensitive? PLEASE don’t allow the fear of seasickness to put you off a Galapagos voyage! There are steps we can take to alleviate the effects – from choosing a calm weather period to finding a yacht and cabin location that will lessen the effects of “sway.” The trip itinerary can make all the difference,...
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