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Group Congeniality and Intimacy in the Galapagos

Group Congeniality and Intimacy in the Galapagos

How successful a trip is can depend on many things. You might find yourself in a place you had long ago dreamed of visiting but suddenly find yourself incapable of making the most out of. Why? Because sometimes little details that are taken for granted affect your experience and you may find yourself looking back, wishing you had known some things before making any decisions. For example, have you ever considered how comfort can really enhance your enjoyment? What about the meals you will have after an amazing but tiring outing? And the bed on which you will collapse every night to recharge your batteries? Most importantly, however, is the question of how will the people you share your time with add to your overall experience?

Group fun in the Galapagos

Group fun in the Galapagos

A Single-guided Boat Doesn’t Mean Intimacy

Picture this: you’ve already made it to the Galapagos Islands, the magical place you’ve been longing to see for so long. You board a single-guided boat, because you thought it would feel more intimate and people aboard the boat would certainly share your interests. The journey begins and you immediately find out that age differences in the group will affect the possible activities you can choose from. You wish to take it at a slower pace and go about the treks at your own pace and maybe later go back to the boat and relax on the deck. However, a more active family wants to do kayaking and snorkelling and trekking, and their kids want to play board games on the terrace while you are trying to enjoy some quiet time with a book or your loved one. On top of that, you are English-speakers, the other family is French, and another group is Spanish. On a single-guided boat this means that the one naturalist guide aboard will have to give the same explanation several times indifferent languages. Not only will you have to wait for the explanation to be given in your own language, you will also have to accommodate to the other group’s demands and pace.

Enjoy simultaenous activities

Enjoy simultaenous activities

Do What You Want, When You Want It

In the Galapagos, it’s forbidden to partake in activities without the supervision of a Galapagos naturalist guide, so the group that wants to snorkel will first have to wait for the group that’s kayaking to be over. And intimacy? The one communal room and one exterior deck on a single-guided boat will have to be shared by everyone. Even if you get along just fine, we know you will want to enjoy some alone time to soak in the Galapagos magic. Secluding yourself in your cabin to have some privacy is not a good option when you are in one of the most wonderful places in the world. And this will probably be the moment when you wish you had chosen a boat with more guides and space so that you could all do as you pleased, without having others affect your agenda or you affecting the enjoyment of others.

Partake in activities with like-minded people

Partake in activities with like-minded people

Choose Space and Intimacy

On a multi-guided expedition vessel – which also has a very limited number of passengers, as  is regulated by the Galapagos National Park – you will have the chance to exchange experiences with people from around the world. You will meet people who share your interests and whom will enrich your experience. However, if you also want to soak in the Galapagos landscape on your own, feel free to escape to one of the many social areas of a bigger yet still-intimate Galapagos Cruise, or one of its many outdoor decks. You will find peace and tranquility to get connected with yourself and absorb the magical essence of the Galapagos Islands! So don’t think twice: if you want to meet new people and have private and intimate moments at the same time, you don’t have to choose one or the other. Go for a multi-guided boat with a favourable Guest-Space Ratio (space available per passenger on a cruise) and get ready to have the Galapagos adventure of a lifetime! Choose wisely!

Enjoy the beauty of a quiet and intimate moment

Enjoy the beauty of a quiet and intimate moment

Nathalie Moeller

Nathalie Moeller is of Ecuadorian and German descent. As a child she spent her summers in the Galapagos Islands, where her mother grew up, and from a very young age learned to love the beauty and uniqueness of the archipelago. She studied Journalism and Humanities in Barcelona, after living in Madrid and Germany for a couple of years. This gave her a culturally broader view of the world, which is reflected in everything she does. Blogging gives her the opportunity to combine her passion for travelling and writing.

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