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The Joy of Creating Memorable Adventures

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 – to...
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Everybody Wins in the Galapagos Adventure Bowl

Everybody Wins in the Galapagos Adventure Bowl
YES , that is a marine iguana in the Galapagos Islands wearing a Marshawn Lynch (Beast Mode) Seattle Seahawks jersey. In the spirit of the Super Bowl and for our love for our home team we've partnered with the Ecuador Tourism Board to offer an incredible trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard one of our favorite yachts the Eric, Flamingo or Letty . We're offering 10% off our regular Galapagos Adventure Cruise we've dubbed the Galapagos Adventure Bowl and if our beloved Seahawks win we will take off an additional $500 off per person . Galapagos Adventure Bowl Find out it feels like aboard the Eric/Flamingo/Letty in our new video: Booking Details: Available only for new bookings made between February 1-28, 2015 for departures in 2015 . No blackout dates, but space is limited to availability. Best available dates in 2015 are September 4, 11, 18, 27, October 25 and December...
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Growing Up With Wildland Adventures

Growing Up With Wildland Adventures
Dear Kurt, Anne and Wildland Adventures Team – My daughter and I were sorting through photos today and were struck by how many great memories we have had with Wildland Adventures . While we have been blessed to experience so many countries and many cultures over the years, our experiences with Wildland have always been particularly special. From our first Wildland trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos (at age 8) to our most recent to Peru and the Amazon rainforest (at age 16), my daughter has literally “grown up” with Wildland. We look forward to future adventures, and thought you might like to see the photos that we certainly enjoyed as we took a quick trip down Memory Lane. Happy Holidays with warm regards,  Debbie and Elizabeth
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These Islands Humble Me

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 bipedal...
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YOU Can Save the Charles Darwin Foundation

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 touch...
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