For almost three decades, Ecoventura has shared the enchantment of the Galapagos Islands, our planets most precious and unique ecosystem, with thousands of travelers and enriched lives with an extraordinary profusion of exotic and often endemic flora and fauna. As a family-owned expedition cruise company, we are committed to providing our valued guests an authentic experience in small compatible groups, offering a safe and memorable, mind-expanding voyage while lessening the impact on the environment.
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. With profound respect and admiration, we gain a renewed spirit about how amazing nature can be on every journey. And we know first-hand the impact our adventures have on sustaining local communities.
Ecoventura began offering tours in the Galapagos in 1991 and started “greening” the operation and vessels in 1999 following the standards set by the SmartVoyager certification, and later worked toward reducing carbon emissions through carbon credits and installing solar-powered energy sources. To ensure the local community benefits from tourism, the company partners with local non-profits to offer educational opportunities through field studies and scholarships. 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. Through its core commitment to the ongoing sustainability of this fragile and at-threat ecosystem, Ecoventura has invested upwards of a half million dollars to refurbish its fleet of yachts to meet its own stringent ecology-minded standards. 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.
Ecoventura continues to lead the way and hopefully inspring others toward a more sustainable operation.
“We want to give our passengers the assurance that Ecoventura has taken every measure to ensure that passengers enjoy a safe, thrilling adventure without harming the unique wildlife or the fragile environment. We all live in this world and breath the same air, the least we can do is try to preserve it for our children and future generations to come.” Santiago Dunn, President