What can you do to help us protect Galapagos:
Become active in your local nature or environmental groups such as The Rainforest Alliance , World Wildlife Fund, or Conservation International. Join the Galapagos Conservancy and help protect the Islands for future generations of adventure travelers.
Sponsor a field ecology course for a local high school students living in Galapagos to study conservation and ecology-related issues. The program is under the auspices of Ecology Project International, a non-profit NGO that has benefited over 600 Galapagos students since 2003. Students spend 50 hours in the field directly involved in conservation actions concerning invasive species and the health and release of turtles into the wild. Galapagos cruise. A $400 donation makes the course possible for one student. www.ecologyproject.org/donate.
Ecoventura has teamed up with Pack for a Purpose, www.packforapurpose.org, a charitable organization, By packing up to 5 lbs (2.27 kgs) of supplies suggested on the web site, you can make a big impact. The program is voluntary and available to Ecoventura passengers who would like the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children who live in Galapagos by bringing needed items with you to Galapagos. Ecoventura will collect and deliver supplies to the students at the Alejandro Alvear School to benefit the local population living in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreano, San Cristobal. With a population of 5600, San Cristobal has the second largest population in the Islands. Through the foundation “Gotitas de Esperanza” (drops of hope), Ecoventura has pledged to sponsor the salaries for teachers and Physical Therapists who work at the Alejandro Alvear School on San Cristobal Island.
Here is how you can help DURING your cruise:
Ecoventura has implemented a waste management system and garbage-recycling program on all vessels. Please use the garbage receptacles placed on all decks with separate containers for plastics, paper, glass and organic waste. Organic waste is compacted and discharged according to International regulations and National Park requirements. Inorganic sold waste is classified into paper, glass and plastic and turned into the local municipal waste service and recycling center. The less garbage you leave in the islands, the better. Better yet – bring all packaging back with you to dispose of in the mainland.
Signs are posted in your cabins to remind you to reduce, reuse and recycle. You will find two types of towels in your cabin. The green towels are to be used for the island visits and snorkeling. The white towels are to be used in your cabin only. Our policy is to change your towels daily. However, to conserve energy, only the towels that you place on the floor will be changed.
During the cruise, refill water bottles from our containers of purified water made from our reverse osmosis water maker. Bring biodegradable sunscreens and lotions if possible. Ecoventura will supply you with biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner. Please reuse our brochure and give it a friend – our brochures are printed on 100% post-consumer paper, manufactured with wind power and certified by Green Seal and SmartWood for FSC standards. Do not use disposable cameras.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside our yachts and is restricted to one designated smoking area on an outside deck away from where passengers congregate.
During the cruise, follow all the National park rules; they include:
The National Park establishes and maintains nature trails and interpretive signs. Signs posted on board our vessels list the National Park Rules & Regulations. During the orientation, your guide will go over the Galapagos National Park rules which you are required to follow. Visitors cannot legally go anywhere in the designated National Park area without being escorted by a licensed guide. Rules are enforced by naturalist guides and park officials and are as follows.
- Do not disturb or remove any native plant, rock or animal on land or in the water.
Be careful not to transport any live material or sand to the islands.
Do not take any food or drink except water to the uninhabited islands.
Do not touch, pet or feed the wildlife.
You must stay within several feet and avoid taking any flash photography
Do not startle or chase any animal from its nesting place.
Do not leave any trash on the Islands or throw any litter overboard.
Follow the marked trails at all times and do not walk out of their limits.
Stay together with your guide who must accompany all passengers on the trails.
Do not buy souvenirs of objects made from native Galapagos products (except for wood) especially black coral, sea lion teeth and shells of the Galapagos tortoises. There is no smoking permitted on the islands.
For more tips and insight, watch the IGTOA DVD filmed in 2007 aboard an Ecoventura yacht. Galapagos Network is a founding member of IGTOA, International Galapagos Tour Operators Association , a non-profit trade organization. Travelers can make donations to IGTOA of which 60% goes straight to the Galapagos Conservancy and the rest goes toward the group’s mission of furthering professional standards and responsible tourism in Galapagos.
Galapagos National Park Service: www.galapagospark.org
Galapagos Conservency www.galapagos.org
Galapagos Conservation Trust www.gct.org
World Wildlife Fund www.wwf.org
International Galapagos Tour Operators Association www.igtoa.org