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Gay Travel: The Galapagos Islands--a Premier Destination

Aug 17, 2007
The finest Galapagos yachts are available for Gay Cruising to discover this unique Natural Paradise. Experience the Galapagos Archipelago on a gay cruise---something very special--and certainly not for everyone. One can learn about Darwin's Theory of Evolution and spend quality time with a partner far away from civilization. You can be personally guaranteed that you see the world much differently after your Galapagos exploration.

If you travel with a small intimate adventurous group of Gay friends and like a stylish and exceptional Galapagos adventure, choose one of the beautiful sailing yachts. When the conditions are right, the sails are hoisted and there will seem to be only you, your partner, the wind and the breathtaking flora and fauna around you.

For authentic Nature lovers who seek to explore the Galapagos Islands in a small group-- but like relaxation and elegance--they will find comfort and elegance in one of the beautiful motor yachts. These yachts are faster than the sailing yachts and for this reason-- you have more time to visit more of these special islands. Some of these yachts even stabilizers, helping to minimize the waves as you travel overnight from island to island.

Those who like to cruise in comfort and refinement should choose one of the medium-sized vessels which gives you a smaller-yacht feel, but offers the amenities of a large vessel. You have the option to stay in large cabins with matrimonial beds and navigate with comfort from Island to Island. Enjoy gourmet meals and make new like-minded friends at the bar after you land on your expedition.

Many wonder, "What's a day like on a Galapagos Cruise?"

A day on a Galapagos cruise starts with a wake-up call. When you arrive in the dining room, a large breakfast has been prepared and ensures that you have en excellent start for the day. After breakfast you have plenty of time to get ready for your shore excursion.

A small Zodiac boat will take you from the yacht to the island you're visiting this morning.

Your naturalist guide will accompany you on an easy hike--the length of which depends on the specific island you are visiting that day. The distance is never long and the paths are well marked, but good walking shoes are recommended because of the slippery undergrowth which you'll see from time to time.

During these hikes you will discover the distinct flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. On most islands, you will have the possibility to swim and snorkel at one of the spectacular Galapagos Beaches. Have you ever been able to swim and play with Sea lions? In the Galapagos Islands, nearly every day will offer you the opportunity to do so.

For lunch, return to your yacht and during the meal you will begin the journey to your next destination, targeted for your visit during the afternoon. If the weather permits, lunch may be served "al fresco". After lunch you will have time to enjoy sunbathing or reading until you reach your afternoon destination.

Again, the small Zodiac takes you to your afternoon visit. During a hike you discover a new landscape-- and hear other stories about the Islands. Observe strange animals found only in the Galapagos Islands. Have you ever seen birds that can't fly? You will come face to face with Cormorants on some islands during your cruise. Animals in Galapagos are not scared of humans--as a matter of fact, they seem to take pleasure in posing for your photos. But don't touch them! Bring three or four times the quantity of film or memory sticks you expect to use for your camera because of the many opportunities you have for photography.

In the late afternoon, you will return to your yacht. Read a favorite book or have a cold beer with your partner at the yacht's bar until sunset.

Before dinner, listen to an interesting briefing about the next days activities. Often a documentary is presented to describe the next day's visit. Don't hesitate to ask questions and get the latest insights on the Galapagos Islands.

Enjoy a beautiful Dinner onboard your yacht with both new and old friends.

After Dinner, socialize with your fellow cruisers and enjoy a good drink or cocktail at the yacht's bar. Most barmen onboard the yachts are natives from the Galapagos and have other functions on the yacht during the day. An interesting conversation about Sailing, Yachting or about daily life in the Galapagos and in Ecuador is guaranteed.

It's been a full day in the Galapagos Islands, and tomorrow will be yet another. Tired from the many impressions during the day, you go to bed, enjoy a deep sleep and sweet dreams. In the meanwhile, the yacht navigates to the island you will visit the next day.

It is recommended you arrive a day early in Ecuador, and spend a day in Quito before you travel to the Galapagos Islands. If your luggage has been lost or flights are delayed --and both are too common-- either could ruin your Galapagos cruise.

Discover during this additional day, visit the spectacular city of Quito which lies at an altitude of 9350 ft (2850 m) above sea level. This beautiful city is considered a UN World Heritage site and lies just 20 miles south of the Equator. Quito has the largest colonial old town in South America, full of cultural heritage, with many spectacular churches and museums. Don't forget to visit the Equator Line outside the City which can easily be visited in an afternoon.

Quito is also famous for its gastronomy and even more for its active Gay life with lots of bars, clubs and cultural events.

Seize the opportunity to travel to Ecuador; enjoy the Galapagos, and make new worldwide friends.
About the Author
Peter Lauffer, General Manager of TrueColors
in Quito - Your Expert Guide for Gay and Lesbian Travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands www.galapagostraveller.com
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