The Galapagos Islands are steeped in natural and scientific history, providing a perfect respite for British holidaymakers. According to a study published by HR News, over 51% of British people book holidays in interests of their own well-being, and the Galapagos Islands provide the perfect opportunity to provide a deep sense of relaxation and intrigue. What’s more, the islands are wholly accessible and will provide a great experience to the sections of society and groups that are sometimes under-represented in holiday planning and packages, making the destination truly open to all.
Accessible and enjoyable
The Galapagos naturally have very wild and wonderful areas. According to the UK-based Galapagos Conservation Trust, the placement of the islands as a meeting point of several different oceanic currents has created this situation, and has led to an eclectic and wild landscape. Despite this, the island is not inaccessible as would be assumed with such a rugged landscape. Several noted travel companies provide extensive accessible tours across the island, many of which are specifically tailored to follow in the footsteps of famed explorers like the young Charles Darwin. While the landscape may be unsuited to those diagnosed with disability or conditions that affect physical stamina, the various programs and tour itineraries available therefore make it far easier to see and explore the island safely.
Perhaps of particular interest are the Fragata Cruise lines. Operating on the fringes of the islands, these take place aboard specialised yachts that have all of the home comforts of a hotel. From both land and water, this will allow tourists to experience the full breadth of the island’s attractions without sacrificing safety or important comfort, something that can be invaluable.
Wildlife lends its strengths
Galapagos’ crowning achievement is its wildlife, and to experience it properly, visitors must be both patient and observant. The island has it’s share of extreme sports and high-impact activities, but the wildlife is best experienced through being able to enjoy the day as it passes and focus on specific areas of the island. Through this, people diagnosed with a disability are not unfairly disadvantaged by the tourism industry of the island. Having some form of impairment to mobility is often rendered a non-issue by the wildlife of the island, which are best experienced calmly and quietly throughout the day. Simply being equipped with a good quality camera will allow for the best experience.
While the patient approach is important in spotting wildlife and their day-to-day functions, it’s also exciting to see how unimpressed the wildlife is with humans. According to Wanderlust.co.uk, sea lions in particular show a complete non-interest in humans, giving a wonderful experience for anyone encountering them. Expect to see the animals strewn lazily across dock areas and jetties as if they own the place, rather than giving any classic animalistic tendency to flee or act aggressively.
Identifying the strong theme of conservation and wildlife that pervades the Galapagos Islands, authorities and tourism bodies have honed in on these offerings to craft unique experience for tourists. One of the most interesting activities is visiting the Charles Darwin Research Post. According to Moon.com, the Charles Darwin Research Post hosts an interactive and fascinating explanation of the islands’ giant turtles, which explores how the industry has helped to successfully repopulate diminished numbers.
The Galapagos Islands are a naturally exciting place, with the name itself inspiring a sense of wonderment in most people. They are also, as luck would have it, wholly accessible, and there is nothing stopping people of all demographics from experiencing this beautiful destination in full.