Galapagos tailor made adventure holiday

Countries:
Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
Price:
From £1164 (9 days) excluding flights
Daily departures all year round, trips can be tailored to suit needs/budget, hotel upgrades, diving, trips can all be added, plus services in Quito/Guayaquil. Domestic flights cost USD 520-500pp (subject to change).
Vouchers: accepted
Dates:
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Galapagos tailor made adventure holiday

Responsible travel: Galapagos tailor made adventure holiday

Environment

For every visitor we take to the Galapagos we donate £25 to the Galapagos Conservation Trust www.gct.org who work to protect and conserve the Galapagos islands.

We are also an active member of IGTOA http://www.igtoa.org/, a non profit association of travel companies, conservation organizations, and other groups that seek a lasting protection of the Galapagos Islands. We lobby for conservation, fund projects, and promote and practice sustainable tourism.

The boats we use are all locally owned and operated yachts, and accompanied by professional naturalist guides certified by the Darwin Research Station.

On our Galapagos adventure holiday give people free membership to the Conservation Trust, we have IGTOA membership who campaign to protect the islands, we employ local staff all the way on the trip, only use hotels owned by locals, all the food is sourced locally, no rubbish is left anywhere by us or guides. No wildlife is disturbed and we operate a strict policy leaving the animals and flora alone. We encourage people to donate to Rainforest Concern to offset the carbon emissions for this trip.

The Galapagos was the first natural site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - 1979. It is also a Biosphere Reserve and Whale Sanctuary.

The Galapagos is a worldwide model for eco-tourism. Here you are able to visit an area of great natural beauty and encounter, at close quarters, animal species that have no fear of humans. Strict regulations govern all tourist activities and are rigidly enforced and tourist numbers are restricted.

We are supporting two charities, the UK registered charity Amantani - which is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targeted help that is educational & sustainable - and Huchuy Yachaq, a Cusco-based project which we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A percentage of our income goes to support those projects.

Community

The trip employs locals only, so all wages and taxes are kept in country, helping to create a beneficial relationship between tourism and the local community.

All guides are Galapagos residents and trained there, giving them a unique bond to the islands and the protection of the wildlife, plus making sure that the benefits of tourism are felt by those that live on the islands.

This also means that locals get great life skills, such as learning foreign languages so as to work in tourism, at home and abroad.

We use small, locally-owned hotels wherever possible and encourage people to use local restaurants, plus tips, which is part of the culture in the country.

The boats we use are all locally owned and operated yachts, and accompanied by professional naturalist guides certified by the Darwin Research Station.

Membership of IGTOA means we are actively looking to help to preserve the islands and the way of life for islanders, as well as the wildlife.

The story of the provider of Galapagos tailor made adventure holiday

The founder of this tour operator set up in 1998 after working as a trek leader and writing guidebooks in South America. She decided to offer alternative trekking routes that no one else was doing, where you’re more likely to cross paths with local people. She maintains close personal relationships with her suppliers and is godmother to several of their children. Her small specialised team have really walked the walks and so know exactly what they’re talking about; they familiarise themselves with the hiking trails every year and believe the Andean way of life is well worth sharing.

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Galapagos tailor made adventure holiday

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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