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Guest Video From Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands I love my job as Program Director for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands anyway, but when I begin my Monday morning by opening an email from a just returned traveler and seeing an outstanding video of his family having the time of their lives makes even a not-so-great day fade to the background. Two families, long-time friends, traveling through the Ecuadorian countryside and onto the Galapagos Islands. As Bryan (the videographer) says “I am glad you all enjoyed it. Thanks for arranging the trip, the video was easy to make with all the great footage and good times.” This just puts a giant smile on anyone’s face, it says EVERYTHING about the experience of traveling with your loved ones to very special places on our planet! Check out their video: Your friendly Ecuador travel guru, Sherry Howland You might also like my last blog: The Joy of Creating Memorable Adventures...

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The Joy of Creating Memorable Adventures We routinely receive glowing reviews from our Galapagos travelers, which is not surprising. The Galapagos Islands are on so many “MUST SEE!” lists for very good reasons. One of my favorites comes from a single mom who recently took her 10-year-old daughter to the Galapagos:  “This trip has inspired me to continue with this type of travel - it was a life time experience. Loved sharing it with my daughter and being able to see her relate and understand and learn - the Family part of the trip was perfect in that regard. On our flight home she talked of doing her 5th grade science project on Ecuador and the equator - that says it all!” That does “say it all!” If there is any single thing I strive to accomplish as the Galapagos & Ecuador Program Director, it is to assist in inspiring travelers – especially 10-year-old travelers –...

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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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