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These Islands Humble Me It’s that time of year to look back, reflect on where we’ve been, what the year brought, what lies ahead. This past Spring, I spent two-plus weeks between the Galapagos Islands onboard the M/Y Eric with a number of other adventure travel professionals and journalists, then onto Ecuador’s Yasuni Reserve in the Amazon watershed. Even though I have visited the Galapagos an average of once every two years since 2001, the islands never fail to humble me. The simplicity and clarity of life, carried on without human intervention (or at least as much as possible in today’s world) is both exhilarating and frightening…what if we screw it up?? Where can we find another Galapagos, a place this unaffected by…US? Sure, there are a few population settlements there, and the human presence is growing. But most of the outer islands maintain that magical isolation, the animals are still unafraid of us...

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YOU Can Save the Charles Darwin Foundation As the oldest, largest and most respected research institution in the Galapagos Islands, as well as the key scientific advisor to the Galapagos National Park, the Charles Darwin Foundation has had an immense impact on the conservation and management of the Galapagos Islands for over 50 years.  Among the CDF’s major accomplishments are bringing Espanola Island’s giant tortoise population back from the brink of extinction, along with numerous other endemic species.  The Foundation was also instrumental in establishing the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and spearheading ambitious projects to rid these iconic islands of invasive species. Now, the Charles Darwin Foundation itself is facing extinction due to severe financial pressures forced upon it by the vagaries of island politics and the forced closure of their small local Puerto Ayora gift shop, a store that generated valuable income for the Foundation during lean times.  “I think the correct expression is the situation is...

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Spring break without the crazies Galapagos is a terrific Spring Break destination, it rivals Christmas & New Years as one of the most popular time periods for families. The great thing about our Galapagos Adventure Cruise is we can intentionally juggle passenger loads so that 1 yacht has families with younger kids (ages 6-11, 12 years), another has mid-older teens, and the third is adults only. So any travelers to the Galapagos who prefer it, can be completely free from kids in general. And of course, Galapagos National Park rules strictly forbid any food or drink (except water) to be brought onto the pristine islands, so no one has to worry about stepping around beer bottles, pizza boxes or fast food wrappers! And if anyone does get too rowdy, you can always toss them overboard... Your friendly Galapagos expert, Sherry Howland Got questions about trips to the Galapagos? Let's talk,  800-345-4453 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ...

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Breaking deals in the Galapagos! The daylight is getting scarcer and temperatures are dropping in the Northern Hemisphere, but Equatorial South America remains in perpetual summer. If you’re not ready to surrender to Winter yet, Wildland Adventures has a great deal for you! Two of our most exclusive Galapagos yachts, the 48-passenger M/Y Eclipse and 16-passenger M/C Athala, are offering 15% off their 8 day/7 night voyages. That is a savings of up to $800 on selected sailings. Travel dates are: 27 Nov-7 Dec, 4-14 December, and 11-21 December (Eclipse) and 20-30 November, 11-21 December (Athala). If you’re wondering why else (besides terrific prices) you should consider traveling during this time, look no further than my recent blog about Galapagos in the Fall. November and December mark the beginning of mating season and hatching season for many Galapagos critters, and the weather is in the mid-70s. Perfect for kayaking and snorkeling with playful sea lion...

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Great News for Galapagos Conservation! We here at Wildland Adventures are thrilled to hear the news that conservationists associated with the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry have brought back a unique species of giant tortoise on the island of Espanola! Once thought to be extinct in the late 50s, Chelonoidis hoodensis has grown from 15 individuals to now 1000 tortoises, each of which can potentially live up to 200 years. This is a major win for the diversity of giant tortoises on the islands, and our congratulations go out to Professor James Gibbs and his team. All Wildland Adventures travelers to the Galapagos have at least one opportunity to visit tortoise breeding centers like the one responsible for this tremendous success, and our travelers’ optional contribution to the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association goes toward programs exactly like this one as well as other conservation endeavors. We invite you...
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