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Ten Tips for Responsible Travel in the Galapagos
Ecoventura's Galapagos Commitment
Marine Conservation in the Galapagos
Galapagos National Park Rules
Ten Tips for Responsible Travel in the Galapagos

Kids watching wildlife in the Galapagos


Photo by Ecoventura

By Dave Wiggins

Darwin's magical archipelago is a special place - with creatures you'll find nowhere else on planet Earth. But like so many other places we call paradise, the Galapagos Islands are being threatened by too much love and attention.

Managing environmental demands and footprints created by upwards of 145,000 visitors a year is front of mind with one visionary travel company. Ecoventura has taken an environmental leadership role to create structure that will ensure that families can travel here for generations to come.

Ecoventura, whose mission is to safeguard the Galapagos ecosystem by offering environmentally sensitive cruises that minimize the footprint of its operations, is now encouraging Galapagos visitors to become aware and responsible tourists through a newly released 10-point program.

"Most all of our guests want to do whatever they can to help protect the islands," says company Director Doris Welsh, "they've just asked for a few pointers and guidelines. That's why we came up with this 10-point program of things you can do before, during and after your cruise."

Here is Ecoventura's 10-point visitor's program for responsible tourism to the Galapagos:

  1. Prior to your trip, calculate the carbon footprint you will produce on your family trip to Ecuador. Use a reputable company to purchase offsets.

  2. Pack only biodegradable sunscreens and lotions. Use biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner on all Galapagos cruises.

  3. Bring a non-polycarbonate plastic water bottle that can be refilled each day, eliminating disposal plastic water bottles.

  4. During your cruise, listen carefully to your naturalist guide and closely follow all of the stated National Park rules.

  5. Be careful not to transport any live material, rocks or sand from one island to the next. Rinse your shoes after every shore excursion with the hose provided on your vessel's landing platform.

  6. When visiting the uninhabited islands, don't take any food or drink except water. Don't touch, pet or feed the wildlife; don't disturb or remove any native plant, rock or animal on land or in the water.

  7. Except for items made of wood, please try not to purchase souvenirs made from native Galapagos products: black coral, sea lion teeth and shells of the Galapagos tortoises.

  8. Do not leave any trash on the Islands or throw any litter overboard. Participate in the garbage-recycling program onboard your vessel.

  9. Don't smoke while ashore. Adhere to your vessel's smoking policy.

  10. Join the World Wildlife Fund or, better yet, make a donation to the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund that specifically targets environmental education and marine conservation by strengthening the local communities' ability to manage natural resources.

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