As the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin approaches (February 12 if you haven’t got it marked on your calendar), my mind turns to the Galapagos Islands, the birthplace of his revolutionary evolutionary ideas. I had the privilege to live in the Galapagos for a few months back in 2001, about a year before I became a parent. Of course my priorities were different then, but it’s not hard to think back with a mother’s lens and see that those enchanted islands hold a lot of kid appeal.
Most people think of the Galapagos as a trip for seniors, and indeed boatloads of silver-haired retirees with binoculars and Tilley hats embark on packaged Galapagos expeditions each year. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – that generation of travelers are more likely to have the time, money and interest in this destination and kudos to those adventurous enough to make the journey. You just don’t hear of a lot of families with children heading there, and frankly they don’t know what they’re missing.
I don’t necessarily recommend the Galapagos for families with very young children. I’d wait until they’re at least 7 or 8 years old, with 10 and up being ideal. I’m waiting until my girls are confident swimmers, able snorkelers and nimble-footed hikers (there’s a lot of sharp, wet lava rocks to navigate), plus I want them to be knowledgeable and curious enough to contemplate the natural wonders of the place.
Granted, not all kids are budding naturalists keen to observe, say, the subtle evolutionary differences between the beaks of various finch species from neighboring islands – not exactly most tweenager’s idea of a good time. If you’re having a difficultly selling your kid on a trip to the Galapagos, here are a few cool things that just might change their minds.
Keep Reading (Go To Source) Family-Friendly Vacation Guide.
(well done! RHT)