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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.