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How to plan a trip to the Galapagos

If you’re like most aspiring Galapagos adventurers I encounter, you have Googled and looked at countless brochures and website after website about the iconic Galapagos Islands, only to become more confused. So many yachts, islands, itineraries! And what’s all this about naturalist guide ratings? When I initially speak with my Galapagos travelers, I try to zero in on the following: · When are you traveling? The Galapagos Islands don’t adhere to “normal” rules of weather cycles, so don’t try to fit them into our seasons. They are governed by ocean currents more than anything. · Are you motion-sensitive? PLEASE don’t allow the fear of seasickness to put you off a Galapagos voyage! There are steps we can take to alleviate the effects – from choosing a calm weather period to finding a yacht and cabin location that will lessen the effects of “sway.” The trip itinerary can make all the difference,...
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Getting Romantic in the Galápagos

Working in the adventure travel industry you come across some incredible places and hear some pretty amazing stories. Today I wanted to share an incredible place with an amazing story. The photo above is of the  Galápagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz Island and I think it might be the most romantic spot I've been to. This past spring I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador  and stay at the Galápagos Safari Camp for a few nights and it was a truly remarkable experience. I have stayed in some luxury hotels around the world and I would choose staying in a safari camp like this over a 5* luxury hotel in the middle of a city any day of the week. First off you get to be out in nature and you really can't beat that! Second the tents are awesome, it is like staying in a really nice hotel but...
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I Have an Obsession With Ecuador

Tiny Ecuador, no larger than the state of Nevada has it all! Think of it divided into 4 distinct north/south bands: The lush rainforest and indigenous cultures of the jungle in the Oriente (east) The Andean spine is the seat of the capital city of Quito, the world-famous Otavalo Indian market, and elegant 300+ year old Spanish haciendas, reborn as boutique hotels. The western slope of the Andes is shrouded in cloud forests and cascading waterfalls, lush habitat for wild orchids and hundreds of exotic bird species. And 600 miles off shore, the Galapagos Islands continue to evolve, to educate mankind in evolution, and the sheer, stark beauty of Mother Nature at work. As Wildland Adventures Galapagos Program Director I love the fact that I not only plan trips, but I am directly involved in projects that affect positive change in our destinations. Wildland Adventures was a founding corporate member of...
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Lonesome George dies in Galapagos

  Lonesome George , the last surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, has died in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists say he was over 100 years old. This review arrived from Cristina Valdivieso of Metropolitain Tours.   When the Galápagos Islands became a National Park in 1959, conservation priorities were a top priority for the world's scientific community. Giant tortoises, who gave their names to the remote archipelago, ranked high, together with the need to eradicate introduced animals (rats, goats, etc.) from the archipelago's days as a pirate bolt-hole. Hundreds of thousands of giant tortoises had been killed for food during the intense whaling years of the 18th and 19th centuries.  Conservation reached Galápagos too late for some. Floreana and Santa Fe Island Giant Tortoises had disappeared long ago, and the only known living tortoise from Fernandina Island was killed and preserved in the name of research and conservation during a United States...
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Dia del Padre in the Ecuadorian Highlands

I spent Father's Day 2012 hiking, mountain biking and exploring life in the Andes of southern Ecuador where we encountered numerous festivals, visited native markets, and happened upon a local "Festival de Maiz" where 20 native villages proudly set up tents to display their corn harvests, shamans conducted healings, and local dancers performed their regional music and dance. It's amazing the ground you can cover in just a few days traveling through Ecuador, one of the world's most culturally and biologically diverse countries from the Galapagos Islands, to the Pacific coastal lowlands, Andean highlands, and the Amazon rainforest.   As President of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association I came here to chair a board meeting of our professional organization dedicated to conervation and better tourism management in the archaepeligo. We heard from representatives of the World Wildlife Fund working in the islands for better nature-based tourism, the Director of the Galapagos...
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