TRAVEL TIPS & EXTENSIONS
The Truth About Traveling on a Galapagos Cruise
Dr. Cacinda Maloney of Points and Travel recently shared the truth about traveling on a Galapagos cruise and why you shouldn’t wait to plan a trip to the Islands.
She goes into detail on what it’s like to spend a week on a yacht in the middle of the Galapagos Islands, send a postcard from Post Office Bay and tells the tale of the Galapagos Gringa… is the story true? we may never know!
We’ve highlighted her articles below so you can be inspired through her stories to travel to the Galapagos for your own adventure.
WHAT IS IT REALLY LIKE ON AN ECOVENTURA YACHT IN THE GALAPAGOS?
Cacinda walks you through everything from the size of her room, the full-size dining area, fully stocked bar and sundeck that you can take naps on between your excursions.
You will learn what to expect while you are cruising with us, and how each day is different and unique. She touches on the importance of a good naturalist guide since only about 3% of the islands allow you go and stay on them without having a guide.
Even though the week is packed full of different excursions, she makes a great point to take time during your breaks to slow down, look around and reflect on the beautiful landscape around you. There will always be a bird flying above you or a dolphin swimming alongside the boat for you to enjoy.
THROUGH THE EYES OF A GALAPAGOS GRINGA
She shares the urban legend of the Galapagos Gringa:
“A wandering spirit called the “headless gringa” wanders Baltra Island (also known as South Seymour Island) late at night and kills lonely men and solo travelers. She was an American girl living on the US military base on Baltra with her serviceman boyfriend. During World War II, Baltra Island was a US Army Air Force Base. Servicemen stationed here patrolled the Pacific for enemy submarines and provided back up protection for the Panama Canal…”
…Check out her blog to learn the rest of the legend.
POST OFFICE BAY, FLOREANA, GALAPAGOS
Travel with her to Post Office Bay on Floreana Islands where sailors used to leave notes for their loved ones back home.
She highlights one postcard in particular that is written to an unborn baby.
“We left this here when Mom was 25 weeks pregnant with you. You snorkeled and you saw sharks, rays and turtles. We hope you enjoyed your time here.” Love Mom Alicia and Dad Chris”
When you arrive at Post Office Bay, search through the stack of postcards and find one that is near by your hometown that you can hand deliver. It is a fascinating experience to be able to deliver mail from Post Office Bay and meet other travelers while sharing stories from the Galapagos. Don’t forget to write your own postcard to a family or friend and leave it to be delivered by future visitors!
If you aren’t convinced yet, she lays out the 9 reasons she thinks you should visit the Galapagos Islands, before it’s too late.
We are partial to number 3 and 4 on her list, but you are going to have to read her article at MSN.com to find out what those are!
You can read more articles on the Findery: The Galapagos Islands are Paradise for Nature Lovers
What are your reasons for wanting to visit the Galapagos Islands? What are you most looking forward to seeing or experiencing?