For over almost three decades, Ecoventura has shared the enchantment of the Galapagos Islands with thousands of travelers and enriched many lives. As a family owned expedition cruise company, we are committed to providing our guests an authentic experience in small compatible groups, offering a safe and memorable mind-expanding voyage while minimizing the impact on the environment on all our vessels.
As both owner and operator, we take pride in offering a consistent quality level of service provided on our fleet of expedition vessels; two identical superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts, Eric & Letty, the 16-passenger luxury dive live-aboard, MV Galapagos Sky, and the new Premium class luxury vessel MV ORIGIN.
Ecoventura was born out of a desire to offer small groups the most inspiring wildlife experience possible in the Galapagos while offering hands-on exploration of nature with enough varied activities sure to leave a lasting impression in each guest’s life; hiking through trails of volcanic formations or nesting sea birds, on a secluded beach with hundreds of sea lions, snorkeling with penguins and sharks, kayaking in a secluded cove or taking a zodiac ride to explore the shoreline and spot wildlife. We understand that ecosystems are fragile, yet important environments, and know first-hand the impact our adventures have on sustaining local communities. With profound respect and admiration, we gain a renewed spirit about how amazing nature can be on every journey.
Leading the way in sustainable tourism, Ecoventura was the first company to earn the voluntary certification, Smart Voyager and the first company in Galapagos to offset carbon emissions and install solar powered energy sources. To ensure the local community benefits from tourism, the company established the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund in 2006 to support marine conservation by strengthening the local communities’ ability to manage natural resources. In 2017, a new partnership was formed with Ecoventura and the Charles Darwin Foundation to create the Galapagos Biodiversity & Education for Sustainability Fund. Ecoventura annually supports Ecology Project International through scholarships and career mentoring for local high-school students to study conservation directly in the field and ecology-related issues. The company partners with local non-profits to bring needed supplies through Pack for a Purpose.
Through these various initiatives spearheaded by Ecoventura’s President, Santiago Dunn, the company has become the pacesetter in responsible tourism to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands. When Ecoventura decided to upgrade their fleet of first class yachts with a brand new luxury vessel, the goal was to create a fully customized luxurious interior without compromising speed or environmental impact. Due to the success of the Origin, the company is building a second luxury vessel to begin operation in 2019 called MV THEORY. Ecoventura continues to lead the way and hopefully inspring others toward a more sustainable operation.