Paul Schicke
Written by Paul Schicke Senior Expedition Designer

Updated: April 08, 2022
Published: September 18, 2012

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The counterpoint to a smaller group of travelers aboard a yacht is traveling in larger groups of 48, 80 and all the way up to 100. It is difficult to explain how these groups impact the landing sites they visit just by their sheer force of numbers. Unfortunately, the passengers do not know any better because they are constantly in this large group and do not seem to be aware the change in the character they bring to the local habitat wherever they go. In a large group you can expect the following:

  • To wait in line on a marked National Park trails while you wait your turn to see things like a pair of blue footed boobies doing a mating dance (if that is still happening when your turn comes).
  • Jostling while people try and position for a better view (than you) of animals, especially for taking photos.
  • More time spent on logistics such as meals, getting ready for your landing or going out snorkeling (it’s a fact that more people simply take up more time).
  • More time spent on logistics means less time enjoying what the Galapagos really has to offer in the way of extraordinary exchanges with the islands’ exotic and friendly creatures.

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Paul Schicke
By Paul Schicke
Senior Expedition Designer

Hello! My name is Paul. I am a photographer, traveler, teacher and writer. I have extensive experience in travel to Galapagos, Peru, Patagonia and the western seaboard of South America specializing in ways travelers can experience these once-in-a-life destinations like locals on the road. Lover of wine, chocolate, travel, coffee, and helping others plan vacations of a lifetime!

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