Located some 600 miles off the Ecuadorian Coast in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are as exotic as exotic islands get. From dazzling night skies, gentle giant tortoises galore, and some of the most beautiful plantlife to behold within the region, it’s no surprise why so many couples choose these islands as their romantic getaway destination.
The Galápagos Islands were famously introduced to the world by Charles Darwin and his nearly month-long stay studying its inhabitants. His 1859 published work On the Origin of Species focused heavily on his discoveries, and the islands have since grown in notoriety and continued popularity, with more than 25,000 people calling the Galápagos home.
Road Scholar is proud to offer a wide array of Galápagos Islands experiences allowing participants to take in all the sights and sounds the islands have to offer. From small group adventure tours, grandparent and family educational tours, and more, there’s no shortage of things to do, explore, and learn on Galápagos Islands tours for seniors.
If you’re looking to book an upcoming Galápagos Islands tour, here are some noteworthy things to remember while planning your trip.
Get a Glimpse of the Galápagos Giants - The islands’ native giant tortoises are some of the most popular wildlife in the region, and for a good reason, as they often live for over 100 years and are immensely friendly. Though increased predation and habitat loss have placed them on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, conservation efforts have increased to ensure their survival.
Explore the Parks - Nearly the entire Galápagos Islands is designated as a national park. There is no shortage of trails for park enthusiasts to explore and take in.
Sky Gaze - Thanks in part to its coastal location — allowing it to be clear of any unnatural light — the Galápagos Islands have an incredible view of the nighttime sky. You might even have the chance to glimpse some constellations of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres if you’re lucky!
One-of-a-Kind Cuisine - Add some of the islands’ most unique dishes to your “must-try” list, including Canchalagua Ceviche (a mollusk-based ceviche), Langostino Encocado (coconut cooked lobster), Arroz Marinero (seafood and vegetable mix served with rice), and Seco (a meat dish served with slices of avocado and fried plantations).
Scuba Diving - It's not every day that you get to swim in the water alongside sea lions, manta rays, penguins, sea turtles, and dolphins! Scuba diving is a popular attraction for those on Galápagos Islands cruises. It also allows participants to see the islands’ native marine bird, the Blue-footed booby.
If an unforgettable Galápagos Islands tour has been on your radar for a while, now is the perfect time to plan your upcoming getaway. Embark with Road Scholar to witness the wildlife and natural treasures through biking, hiking, and swimming alongside local experts.
Book your travel and learn more about Galápagos Islands tours with Road Scholar today!