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El Nino - Is it Really That Bad? We all hear a lot about El Nino and how, every 5-7 years, it turns weather patterns on their heads, adversely affecting wildlife at the same time. While this is true to a degree, no two El Nino events are the same, so predicting the outcome is never a given. It's important to understand the mechanics of El Nino in order to understand how the 2015 event is impacting a region such as the Galapagos Islands. To begin, typical westward blowing trade winds slow down. This in turn throws off the usual westward-flowing water currents such as the icy Humboldt Current, which typically bring rich nutrients to the islands. Fish and algae slowly die off, followed by sea birds which depend on those fish, and marine iguanas and turtles which depend on the algae. Moving up the chain, sea lions begin searching in new places for sustenance. Species such as...

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Where will YOU Greet 2016? The New Year is a fresh start, a perfect time to set the course for the year to come. What better way to do that than cruising the iconic Galapagos Islands, onboard a luxury yacht? January is the perfect time to see green sea turtles nesting, while Espanola's marine iguanas turn a brilliant red to attract mates as the courtship period gets into full swing for marine and the giant land iguanas!  The water is calm and warmer, the holiday crowds have returned home, the world - and year - are reborn!   Two of our favorite vessels, the 48 passenger Eclipse and the 16 passenger catamaran Athala are sweetening the deal with great prices on select departures!  Onboard the Eclipse, save big on the North Central itinerary for the Thursday-Saturday departures of 1/14-23 and 1/28-2/6, or the South Central itinerary on Thursday-Saturday departures 1/21-30 and 2/4-13.  The Athala's South...

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Ceviche a la Galapagos! Almost every country with a coastline has its own version of ceviche. The ingredients might change with availability, but the heart of the recipe - seafood "cooked" or marinated in acidic juices - remains the same. In South America, Ecuador and Peru clash over who has the best ceviche, and I must confess I cannot decide myself! Lima's neighborhood cebicherias could keep me occupied for weeks, checking out another each day. But when I travel to Ecuador, and particularly in the Galapagos Islands, ceviche is one of the culinary treats I crave! This recipe comes to us courtesy of the EcoVentura yachts, whose onboard chefs magically turn out exquisite meals day after day, in a galley about the size of my small apartment's kitchen. If you've never attempted to make your own ceviche, give this one a try! And don't be afraid to play with the ingredients. This recipe features...

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$600 off your Galapagos Holiday Adventure You've worked hard to save time and money for your next adventure vacation, that's why we are rewarding you with $600 off per person on one of our most luxurious Galápagos adventures aboard the Eclipse. Why such a great deal? We want you to see the Galápagos in the best way possible and we've only got two cabins left on the Eclipse to make that dream trip happen. This is the only space we have remaining on any of our 2015 holiday Galápagos voyages. Yes, this is your final boarding call for a holiday adventure your family will never forget! Our Galapagos Christmas Adventure on board the Eclipse sets sail Dec 17-26, 2015. This 10-day adventure, led by four expert naturalist guides, explores 6 enchanted islands while sailing onboard the exquisite 48-passenger Eclipse. This spacious and elegant yacht is your luxurious base for adventure as you kayak through sea caves, snorkel...
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: Galapagos family vacations are not only an unforgettable experience, but also an incredible learning opportunity for children and adults. Your friendly...
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