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Adventures Afloat: The Galápagos: Natural and Cultural History

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Carol Goldstein Jan 15, 2016 at 07:44 PM

I rec'd a msg from a person on a pgm Feb 20 to Mar 4. Which Pgm is this?


Carol Goldstein Jan 15, 2016 at 07:43 PM

Is anyone on the program Jan 20 to Jan 30? Please contact me.


Susan Jernigan Jan 14, 2016 at 08:48 PM

what is the impact of El Nino in the Gallapagos now and does anyone know what is anticipated over the next 3-5 months? Thanks so much.
Liz Cook Jan 15, 2016 at 09:01 AM

Susan, I was curious about that too, and this is a summary of what I found. Along the coast, the Galapagos is normally a true marine desert environment, offering a very stark volcanic beauty. During an El Niño, the Galapagos coast greens up just as the desert does when precipitation arrives. During the last El Niño, rain was not at all heavy and it typically drizzled early in the morning until about 8:30 AM. When the day got warmer, the wind cleared the clouds out. It is warmer and more tropical during El Niño. Animals subsisting off the land will get very fat and multiply, including land iguanas, giant tortoise and song birds like Galapagos Darwin finch. Animals that live on land and feed in the water will be impacted most including Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and marine iguanas. The numbers of these animals will drop off mostly later in the season at the end of the winter. There will not be much impact in the central islands compared to the western islands, which will be more noticeably affected as this is where the coldest currents are usually found. Snorkeling in the Galapagos is actually better as the water is warmer and you will see the same fish and other sea creatures but in fewer numbers. April and May, which is technically after El Niño is when you would see an impact on the animal populations. Hopes this helps!


Liz Cook Jan 02, 2016 at 04:40 PM

We are booked for the March 9-19 Galapagos Natural and Cultural History Program, anyone else booked on this trip? Starting to get excited!
Helen Ross Jan 02, 2016 at 09:45 PM

All I can say is that we went in November, and it was a wonderful trip in every way.
Liz Cook Jan 03, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Thanks Helen, we have only been reading good things about the trip and hearing comments from you and others only reassures us. Thanks!


Jean MacNab Oct 15, 2015 at 11:54 AM

I have been told that a wetsuit is not necessary in January. Can anyone confirm this?
Helen Ross Oct 15, 2015 at 01:29 PM

It looks like the weather is warmer at that time so perhaps it is not necessary. I also think it depends upon from where you are coming and what water temps you are used to. In the videos that I watched, no one was snorkeling in a wetsuit. However, you can check the water temps on some of the charts on the Internet. We are going in November and the water temp is a bit cooler at that time. You might want to call Holbrook Travel and confirm with them.
Sandy Smith Oct 15, 2015 at 03:18 PM

We went the end of January, first of February last year. The water was cold enough that everyone wore a wetsuit.
Alex Atkinson Oct 15, 2015 at 03:37 PM

I agree with Sandy Smith - in addition, wetsuits add some bouyancy . Do take a piece of ribbon or yarn to tie in your suit to differentiate it from others - they all look alike.
Helen Ross Oct 15, 2015 at 04:30 PM

That's good for us to know for us. We are bringing our snorkel gear, but we will rent the wetsuits.


Grace Rintzler Sep 09, 2015 at 11:48 AM

We traveled with RS to the Galapagos two years ago and had a wonderful trip. Our boat was the Galavan -which I believe held around 24 passengers. The boat was fine -- no complaints at all -- and our guide was excellent. At all times we felt that Road Scholar had obtained the best guides, was well organized, and was on top of everything. Our return flight from the islands to the mainland was delayed (not the fault of RS), and RS stepped in and handled all of the resulting challenges amazingly well. It was our first Road Scholar trip, and based on our experiences on that trip, we traveled with RS again last year and have scheduled another trip with RS for this fall. Our experience was terrific.


Laura Larson Sep 07, 2015 at 09:39 PM

I am interested in this trip -- BUT some of the negative reviews on the review page have me questioning it. I realize that many folks had excellent experiences, but several excursions were not as successful.
Would someone from RS (or anyone) kindly respond to the reviews of the awful conditions of the boats, onboard illness, lack of educational experiences? Thanks!
Nancy Patton Sep 08, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Can't give enough positive feedback about my May trip on the Seaman Journey. Lovly ship...much knowledge..good food.... It was great! They even handed out seasickness pills when the ocean currents were expected to be challenging!


Helen Ross Aug 31, 2015 at 05:03 PM

Anyone headed there on the Nov 8th program?


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