The Galapagos is one of the most extraordinary places in the world to experience the wonders of nature. As a leader in sustainable tourism we are committed to ensuring that our expeditions operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Our role is to promote the positive impact of tourism in the area whilst educating our passengers about how their actions can help conserve this fragile ecosystem.
Our travellers cruise the islands on chartered, locally owned and operated yachts, which are equipped to accommodate between 16 and 20 passengers per sailing. Across our six yachts, we employ a total of 53 local people including the captain, crew and guides. All of who must be qualified in the ISM codes. Our staff and crew act as stewards of the environment, ensuring that all our travellers minimise their impact on the Islands and surrounding waters by providing informative briefs before participating in excursions and supervising our passengers whilst ashore.
An expert local naturalist who has been certified by the Darwin Research Station leads all voyages. They ensure all our travellers adhere to the conservation guidelines of the Galapagos National Park. Including: how to responsibly interact with the animals when on land & when in the water - paramount to this is is the fact that all forms of physical contact with the wildlife are forbidden. They also educate the passengers in the conservation and use of water whilst on board and how waste management is controlled - material waste being collected and deposited in accordance with the regulations of the municipality of Santa Cruz Island.
Through Planeterra, our own foundation, we support the Charles Darwin Foundation of Canada (CDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation, education and scientific research in the Galapagos Islands. We match each donation dollar-for-dollar and pays all administration fees so that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to Planeterra programs.
One example of this support is our work with the Green Sea Turtle conservation program. Implemented by the Charles Darwin Research Station, this is an ecological project monitoring four of the most important nesting sites of this endangered species. We take all passengers to the CDF so they are further educated about conservation issues and the importance of protecting the diversity of this unique ecosystem.
Tourism has a pivotal role to play in preserving the Galapagos Islands now and for the future whilst simultaneously providing employment and economic stability for the area. We believe that by educating our passengers and by adhering to responsible practices we can assist in the long term preservation of this stunning part of the world.
When Bruce went travelling after University in 1989 he realised he had limited options: he could either go backpacking or stay on a resort. Returning to Canada, he set up a company that bridged the gap and offered young professionals an affordable way to immerse themselves in the culture of different countries. Bruce gave some of the profits back to the communities he passed through. Today he has offices in 38 countries and runs a travel foundation that builds projects all over the world; he is adamant that all staff adhere to his original business model of sustainability and happiness.
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