Environmentalism

Kermit the frog once sang the famous line: "It's not easy being green". We don't doubt that it was hard to be a famous frog, keep up a façade of wholesomeness and keep Miss Piggy at arms length. The façade of wholesomeness is all too common these days, and you'll find a million and one tour operators proclaiming their list of environmental credentials to the world. While we go to great lengths to minimise our impact on the destinations we visit, we're still very aware that our presence has an inevitable impact not only locations themselves but also in the context of travel itself.

Galapagos Islands

We're committed to creating awareness in the unique land-based trips we run in the Galapagos tours. You could come to the Galapagos Islands with a large tour company, on a large foreign owned boat, snap a few photos of iguanas, sea lions and blue-footed boobies with a foreign guide and go home not having gained much other than a full memory card. This isn't our style of course, so we've carefully thought through a few important issues that we can have some environmental control over and made sure these are part of all our Galapagos Islands adventures.

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Awareness, then action, is the most important thing

We make it priority number one to highlight the challenges that flora and fauna face in the Galapagos Islands. From learning about the fragility of the Galapagos eco system, we've heard first-hand from many of our past clients about how their experience has changed them a little and applied what they've taken away from their Galapagos experience, to their own lives and community. Travel certainly has its impact, but it does open doors, so long as they're the right doors!

Small groups

If you were a marine iguana, or blue-footed boobie, your world would invariably be rocked if time and time again you repeatedly had large groups of people surround you at close proximity. We keep our groups small, and besides all the reasons why a small group is better, our impact is not nearly as invasive as a regular sized group touring the Galapagos.

Galapagos Islands Small Group Sierra Negra Volcano Hike

Highly trained conservation guides

Apart from all the advantages of being guided by the best trip leaders in the business, our guides are certified conservation leaders, who have had to go through years of training and certification to be allowed to take you to these incredible places and experience the flora and fauna. In their spare time they volunteer in conservation programs and participate in community initiatives to educate local people to look after their back yard. It also means you'll be better informed!

Keep it local

By staying in locally owned family accommodations, and eating locally sourced food it means the dollars and cents go back into the local community.

Blue-footed Boobies

The little things matter

It's the sum of the small actions that add up to a credible environmental effort, so we ask the people travelling with us to do their bit. That means having a 'no bottled water' rule – only refillable water bottles (don't worry – we refill them for you with clean drinkable water!), sponsoring local environmental efforts, minimising our usage of materials and recycling whenever we can.

There's no avoiding the fact that in order to feed our wanderlust we'll be jumping on planes that burn jetful from time to time, and that we do have an unavoidable impact on just existing here on the planet. But with a mindset focused on learning how to conserve our resources, we'll incrementally start to make a difference over time.

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Condor

    This trip was excellent. The guides were fantastic (super friendly and great with seamlessly managing various ages of people and fitness levels), it was very well organized and the weather held all but two days of the entire trip allowing really amazing views of most mountain vistas. A real must for the bucket list.
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    – Wisconsin, United States
    Condor, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Beautiful Scenery and Great Hikes

    My husband has wanted to do this trip for several years. I hesitated as the Refugio stays were way out of my comfort zone. The whole trip was great, and even the Refugio’s were ok. Our guide Cynthia was just amazing - she knows what she’s doing, is prepared for everything, and was very encouraging. I really don’t know how she did it all! We were with a great group of people, and feel we have gained new friends that we hope to meet on another trail some day.
    Cathy Tileston Review Image
    – Florida, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Amazing trip, well run operation by people who love what they do

    Overall, a great trip! Patagonia is everything imagined and more. No picture represent the feeling of being there with eyes closed. Treks little harder on two days of the trip: First day (Torres Del Paine) and Mount Fitz Roy trek (25kms), but rewards outweigh the effort.
    All guides, Cynthia, Gem, Paula were outstanding.
    Vijay Sharma Review Image
    – Ohio, United States
    Condor, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    There is no way we could have planned all the adventures we had on this trip. The logistics and coordination efforts were well thought out. Our guide was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with. The accommodations were wonderful, food fit for a king and animals to entertain us at every turn. It truly was a trip to remember!!
    Marianne Denniston Review Image
    – Georgia, United States
    Tortuga, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Fantastic Adventure!

    This trip was wonderful on so many levels. It was a perfect experience for our family of three college "kids", my husband and me. We traveled with two other families- a total of eight kids and six adults, a good group size. There was lots to see and do and we appreciated the opportunity to be active! Seeing the wildlife and learning about the Galapagos Islands was fantastic!! Zambo, our naturalist was terrific and related well to children and the adults. One of the unexpected pleasures my husband and I experienced was hearing our children utilize their seven years of middle and high school Spanish as they communicated with locals. Also, needless to say, they were pleased that the drinking age on the Islands is 18. We all enjoyed having a beer at the end of each wonderful day. The December weather was lovely. Comfortably warm and the water was beautiful!! We took full advantage of any extra snorkeling and swimming opportunities.

    Our family had an extra day in Quito. We took the opportunity to hire a guide to take us around the city. What a great opportunity it was to learn about so many aspects of Ecuador's capital city. The Equator Museum was great and we enjoyed walking around the Plaza and seeing a couple of churches. Walking to the edge of the Pululhua crater was awesome! Lenin was a terrific guide!
    Katherine Babbott Review Image
    – Massachusetts, United States
    Tortuga, January 2017

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