Galapagos For All: Sights, Sounds, and Tastes To Remember Forever
By Guest Writer, Cassie Steele
Since Charles Darwin’s arrival in 1835, Galapagos has enjoyed constant growth in the number of visitors that have decided to uncover the uniqueness of the island. Travel to this location can definitely help you obtain unique life events. So what sort of sights, sounds, and experiences can you only experience in Galapagos?
Galapagos is the birthplace of the evolutionary theory of natural selection. This was only possible because of the sheer number of endemic species that call Galapagos their home. Some of these include frigatebirds, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and a plethora of other common and rare animals. You can also drop by and see a completely unique sort of bird: the flightless cormorant. These are the only ones that have lost their ability to fly. As a visitor, you may see and encounter them up close—just remember to not touch them!
Consciously Accessible Areas
Travel is already challenging on its own so logic follows that it’s even more challenging for persons with disabilities. 7 out of 10 persons with disabilities reduce their travel significantly because of their disability, according to America’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. So it’s fully refreshing that Galapagos is a destination that made a very conscious effort to make itself highly accessible. Hotels, tours, cruises, walkways, and even tourist spots have made a considerable improvement to accommodate those with limited mobility. So in Galapagos, you can book yourself a kayaking trip on the Anzu River and find highly trained local guides prepped and ready to help you make the most out of your holiday. You may also visit the largest and best-preserved Colonial Quarter that exists only in Quito.
Ecuadorian Cuisine with a Galapagos Twist
No trip is complete without a culinary adventure. Galapagos does not disappoint with its exotic take on Ecuadorian cuisine. As an island, you’ll be able to feast on the sea’s bounty. You can fully expect dishes like Encebollado, a fish-based soup, to have different variations across the island. You can even experience Encocados which is a lobster dish served in coconut milk and rice. Don’t forget to stop by for Galapagos ice cream which always has real crushed fruit pieces in it. If you’re feeling particularly brave, ask if there’s any sea cucumber ceviche available and expand the limits of your palate. There are so many other unique dishes that you can only taste in Galapagos so it’s definitely worth exploring.
Galapagos is an ideal location if you’re seeking an experience that you’ll remember forever. What’s endlessly fascinating about this place is that there is always something new to explore depending on what month you go. So if you truly want to see everything that Galapagos has to offer, you’ll have to plan several trips in your lifetime.
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Cassie formerly worked as a flight attendant for over a decade, taking her all over Asia, including South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and India, among others. The combination of exciting cultures, low prices, and delicious food was the reason why Asia became a favorite stop of hers.
A couple of years ago, Cassie took a step back to spend more time with her family and became a freelance writer and editor in which she uses her vast knowledge on Asian destinations to further inspire other travelers to witness the beautiful continent.