Galapagos turtle conservation and wildlife holiday

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2021: 6 Feb, 7 Feb, 8 Feb, 9 Feb, 10 Feb, 11 Feb, 12 Feb, 13 Feb, 14 Feb
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Environment
This trip involves observing and recording data on sea turtles in partnership with local conservation organizations. Sea turtles are the only animals that are handled and this is done by trained staff using best practices for wildlife handling. Researchers and conservationists lead the activities to make sure the animals are respected and not stressed during observation and that appropriate distances are kept. There are no hatcheries visited on this trip. The data collected is part of long-term research programs which help researchers to understand behavior and health of wildlife populations.

The trip also generates funds for sea turtle research, conservation, and educational programs. Of the $3,595 trip cost, approximately $1,415 (39%) goes to support sea turtle conservation program, Galapagos National Park fees, Charles Darwin Station entrance fee, as well as funds that support our non-profit programs and general operations. The trip also includes at least 4 volunteer shifts on the nesting beach per person.

We reduce plastic use by offering filtered water for reusable bottles (no plastic bottles or straws are sold).
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip contributes to the local economy by using locally-owned resources including food, lodging, and guides. Roughly $1,250 (35%) of the trip cost stays in the communities, including local hotels, restaurants, and tour excursions. We learn about and visit local organic farms to learn about their unique practices and eat locally on the trip to avoid having food shipped to the islands. And we visit important cultural sites such as the Wall of Tears, a historical site used to punish prisoners that were kept on the islands.

Our local partner works to benefit the communities of the Galapagos by supporting sustainable agriculture, English classes, and helping to train people how to manage tourism.

We also encourage our travelers to support local artisans and respect the communities we visit. We set up responsible travel guidelines that include avoiding littering and producing waste and respecting cultural norms. We believe that by economically supporting residents near sea turtle hotspots, we can help reduce threats to these animals like hunting and eating their eggs.

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