Lindblad Expedition’s Galapagos: Expert and easy By: Ellen Goldman
Lindblad Expedition’s Galapagos: Expert and easy
For many travelers, a trip to the Galapagos tops their bucket list. However, concerns about accessibility and ease of travel sometime bring all consideration of actually going to a grinding halt. My husband and I had the privilege of taking a Lindblad Expeditions trip to the Galapagos on board the Endeavour. Wow! Easiest trip we have ever taken. And, the animals blew me away. (And that is coming from a non-pet person whose usual response to animals is “three kids and a husband are bad enough.”)
Let’s start with logistics. We flew non-stop from JFK to Guayaquil. We arrived early in the morning and were met at the airport by Lindblad representatives who shepherded us to the Hilton where our beds eagerly awaited us. After a short snooze, we were briefed about departure time and pickup for the actual departure to the ship. We were guided at every step of the trip, from airport to hotel to airport to ship, etc. We had none of the usual trip concerns…who will pick us up, at what time, do we have to re-confirm, what if……..
Life on board the Endeavor was stress free. Our staterooms were cleaned at least 3 times a day. Nightly briefings and printed schedules ensured that guests were aware of all options and opportunities. No need to dress at night; therefore, no need to pack dressy clothes. How fabulous was that!!! Passengers were eager to engage with one another over drinks and meals. We still correspond with one another.
But, when all is said and done, it is all about the animals. Expert guides and zodiac operators made certain that we shared the maximal number of encounters with the most minimal amount of fuss. I cannot overstate how thrilling it was to stand so close to sea lions, blue footed boobies and giant tortoises as if they were our best friends. Our presence was irrelevant to the animals. It puts us humans in our place…..
To plan your own Galapagos vacation contact Ellen Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203)757-9481. Ellen has been a dedicated travel advisor for over ten years.