Colombia & Galapagos, Cartagena to Quito holiday

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06 May 2021
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03 Jun 2021
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Environment
This unique tour combines a small group escorted tour in Colombia with a cruise in the Galapagos Islands. Both destinations are special in their own right and are home to some beautiful landscapes, an abundance of wildlife and some once in a life experiences. We take environmental welfare seriously and understand that it is paramount to protect the environments which we visit for future generations. That is why we have an in depth environmental welfare policy which is available for all staff and customers to educate themselves on how each person can do their part.

This tour includes a visit and optional hikes in Cocora Valley in Colombia - a beautiful region with sweeping valleys and the country’s iconic tall wax palms. We make sure to leave nothing behind during this hike, taking back all litter and waste to dispose of properly. Walking is also an excellent way to see the stunning landscape while keeping our carbon footprint low.

Our hotels in Cartagena, Bogota and Medellin are all well located to restaurants and close to some of the cities main attractions. This means that customers can easily walk between our accommodation and points of interest and saves having to use unnecessary transport - just another way we can work towards lowering our carbon footprint. Moreover, in each of these destinations, the tour leader will conduct a walking orientation tour of the area surrounding the hotel and main attractions. Again, walking is the single best way to avoid carbon emissions and it’s the best way to discover hidden gems of a destination.

The Galapagos was the first natural site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1979. It is one of the most protected natural sites in the world and is home to an abundance of endemic marine and land animals that make it perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. We understand the importance of protecting the Galapagos and having as little of an impact as possible on the creatures that call in home. This is why we only use local suppliers who share our ethos and operate in a responsible manner while on the islands. This includes having conservation certificates and complying with all national and international regulations. On top of this, the boats use ultraviolet purification systems to provide safe drinking water onboard. This means we are able to avoid using single-use plastic bottles. Additionally staff advise customers to take shorter showers and avoid requesting new towels unless deemed necessary. Soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided in dispensers instead of single-use toiletries.

Waste and recycling - The Galapagos boats have containers for organic waste, plastic, paper and even batteries. These can be found at reception and we ask that all customers make use of this in order to help with the recycling efforts.

Wildlife - We have a strict animal welfare policy which outlines tips for visiting wildlife dense areas but avoiding causing harm or distress to the animals. Once on board the Galapagos Cruise the naturalist guide will outline rules for visiting islands, snorkelling and swimming in the Galapagos. This includes but is not limited to: leaving appropriate space between yourself and the animal, refraining from touching the animals and ensuring the flash is turned off on cameras. Our naturalist guides are more than passionate about conservation on the Galapagos Islands and will be happy to answer your questions in regards to this while on-board.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Community and contributing to the economies which we visit is always at the forefront of what we do. This is why we always ask travellers to think about the consequences of where they buy from, who they are supporting and the impact they are having during their holiday. Another large part of our ethos is travelling with respect, educating the traveller and embracing different cultures around the world. As well as in-depth policies online that outline how customers can have a positive impact on the communities that we visit, our tour leaders are passionate about sharing their destinations and educating travellers along the way.

Our Colombian tours are all led by local Colombian tour leaders. Not only is this the best way for guests to get an in depth understanding of the country, culture and its people, but more importantly it supports employment within the destination. While on the Galapagos Cruise, guests will have trained naturalist guides.

This tour stays at a local Colombian Hacienda for one night while visiting the coffee region near Salento. The hacienda is small and will have more limited facilities than larger hotels, however is a wonderfully authentic experience and nothing can compare to staying in the heart of a coffee farm. As well as staying in the hacienda, we include a tour of the coffee farm. This supports employment in the region while also being a fantastic experience for travellers to Colombia.

In Cartagena, Bogota and Medellin, our guests are encouraged to attend walking tours of the cities. These are conducted by locals who give wonderful stories, facts and general information about the destinations and Colombia in general. Not only is this one of the best ways to get even further educated about Colombia but it supports local guides at the same time.

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