Galapagos holidays, Ecuador

“This sailing trip was made for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history and geology; if you love all four, you won’t want to come home.”

Highlights

Galapagos Islands on board a motor sail catamaran | Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Centre | Bachas beach | Sea turtles | Santa Fe Island | South Plazas Island | San Cristobal Island | Espanola Island | Galapagos giant tortoises

Description of Galapagos holidays, Ecuador

This Galapagos holiday starts on the island of Santa Cruz, the main tourism hub and busier than most of the islands, but still somewhere you can escape the crowds to go in search of mangroves, beautiful bays and superb birdlife. It is also home to the famous Charles Darwin Centre. You spend your first night in a hotel, giving you time to recover from your journey before embarking the beautiful catamaran which will be your home of the next four nights, perfect for exploring this extraordinary archipelago.

The range of land and seascapes that you will see on this marine odyssey include the white sandy beaches of Sante Fe Island, the volcanic crater of Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island, the highlands of Santa Cruz and the cliffs of the Galapagos’ southernmost Espanola Island. All boasting myriad wildlife, of course, including green sea turtles, sea lions, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and myriad birds from blue-footed boobies to albatrosses.

Your vessel is a first class motor sail catamaran, which adheres to strict environmental practices and sleeps maximum twelve passengers in ensuite cabins. Please note that on rare occasions, a different vessel may be used so do please always check with us at time of booking.

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“My wife and I like to go travelling. But after Galapagos, honestly, it would be hard to find a better place.”

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Galapagos holidays, Ecuador

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation & Meals:
The majority of the trip is spent sleeping on a first class, motor-sail catamaran called Nemo II which is an environmentally aware vessel. Whilst expedition cruising in the Galapagos there are tight regulations in place to prevent ecological damage to the National Park. For instance, glass is recycled and plastic waste, burnt oils and other non-biodegradable waste is sent back to the mainland for disposal. All cleaning products (like shampoo, detergent and soap) are biodegradable. These waste management efforts helps to protect the islands fragile eco-system. Staff are also employed locally both in Quito and the Galapagos, therefore providing benefit to the community.

Community:
The Galapagos is renowned for its incredibly unique wildlife and conservation efforts. We try to make as little negative impact on the environment and wildlife as possible, but also to leave a positive impact in terms of community and local economy. We hire guides and drivers from the area, meaning that the state of local employment and economy benefits. Although much of this tour is spent on board the boat or in nature, wherever the opportunity arises clients are encouraged to use local businesses and to engage with people they meet in order to promote positive cultural exchange.

Conservation:
We support visits to the Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island. This centre is dedicated to protecting and conserving the ecology of the islands and carries out educational projects in support of conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Entry fees help contribute to all the work going on here by improving demand, facilities and creating employment opportunities for scientists. We are also careful to adhere to National Park guidelines, which, amongst other things, ask that we keep a safe distance from wildlife at all times.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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Reviewed on 02 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Swimming with giant sea turtles and being woken up at 2.30am to watch a volcano erupt!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you take closed walking shoes and suitable walking attire(shorts/lightweight trousers). Also take sea sickness tablets, even if you think you won't suffer! I'd also recommend an underwater camera. Also, pack light, there is very little room in your cabin to store much more than a holdall.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Although the places we visited were largely uninhabited when we did visit towns the guide did try to direct us to local business.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely amazing!

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Wildlife.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plenty camera space and underwater camera.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

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