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Barry Brunson Dec 19, 2014 at 04:46 PM

The Galapagos trip is fantastic! We just returned, and were enthralled with the beauty and cultural & scientific significance. Each day seemed to surpass the wonderment of the one before. By the end, the participants had become a community.

Judith Mage Dec 03, 2014 at 12:53 PM

My partner Tona and I will be on the 1/23/15 to 2/2/15 Galapagos journey, in part to celebrate my turning 80 on 2/3/15. (Tona is 17 years younger.)
I consider myself agile though at my age I'm called "sprightly."
Would be happy to get acquainted in advance with other participants on this trip.
Julianne Seeman Dec 03, 2014 at 01:57 PM

You will love this trip!
Judith Mage Dec 03, 2014 at 08:44 PM

Any advice? When did you go?
Sandy Smith Dec 15, 2014 at 04:11 PM

My husband and I will be on the trip with you. Galapagos has been on my bucket list for a long time. I look forward to meeting you and your partner.

barbara yoder Nov 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

We, also, took the 5 day extension offered by Rhode Scholar. If they no longer offer it, contact the local contract agency that Rhode Scholar works with because they handle many tours and could hook you up with an extension offered by another group. You definitely want to extend your time, but you ought to join an organized tour because the roads are rough and there are no signs. I'm sure Rhodes Scholar can get you contact information and I encourage anybody going on a Galapagos adventure to add as many extra days as they can spare traveling in the highlands of Ecuador--you won't be sorry!

Becky Schlecht Nov 20, 2014 at 07:52 PM

Susan, when my friend and I went on the Galapagos trip, we booked the extension.. not sure if they are providing that now.. but it was really neat .. went to the Highlands, Octavalo and several beautiful areas of Ecuador.. I felt it was well worth it.
Julianne Seeman Nov 20, 2014 at 09:15 PM

I loved the extension -there were only 4 of us but it was wonderul. Do take warm clothes!

Alex Atkinson Nov 20, 2014 at 04:47 PM

We arrived in Quito a day early and went to Bellavista Cloud Forest. We booked directly through Holbrook (Road Scholar's provider). They could probably do other booking too. Hope this helps. Jane Atkinson
Julianne Seeman Nov 20, 2014 at 09:15 PM

I wish I had stayed longer in Quito. Wish I had booked my own travel too. Ended up with an hour to get from one plane to the next in Miami. Not fun!

Susan Berger Nov 20, 2014 at 04:32 PM

Has anyone stayed in Quito for some extra days? I want to travel to Otavalo and the Bellavista Cloud Forest? If so, who did you book your trip with? Any other thoughts on side trips while in Quito?

Roger Hinkle Oct 22, 2014 at 09:51 PM

I am 82 and my wife and I did the August 16 trip. I agree with Alex that picking your way around/over/through the sharp volcanic rocks could be a problem. I took my own hiking pole, but the yacht has them available for anyone's use. The dinghy crews help everyone to step into and out of the dinghy. But some degree of agility is necessary, especially when there is a wet landing. Crew and guides are always there to help, as are fellow passengers. Some of the daily walks visit parks on a few of the islands, and there are restrooms available at those stops. A few villages are visited and those also have restrooms available.

Alex Atkinson Oct 22, 2014 at 02:33 PM

We visited the Galapagos in January 2013 at the age of almost 70. We were among the older participants on our particular tour. There are no bathrooms on the islands, but we never found we needed one. The time on the islands is usually only a couple of hours. Our experience was that there was a morning trip and an afternoon trip (after the worst heat of the day), neither of them usually terribly taxing. Of more concern might be your mother's ability to walk on uneven lava rock and do a little climbing. There was an 82 year old woman on our trip with her granddaughter, who helped her when the footing was difficult. There is always the option to stay on the boat- not what you go for but an option if a particular landing sounds too difficult. In sum, the bathroom issue just didn't seem to be an issue. I would say there is adequate down time for a spritely 80 year old.

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