The Charles Darwin Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary as a non-profit this year, making it the perfect time to head to the Galapagos Islands.
“With 2019 being the Darwin Foundation’s 60th anniversary the islands are abuzz as a previously thought-to-be-extinct Fernandina tortoise just found on the island in February made global news,” said Todd Smith, founder and president, AdventureSmith Explorations. “Plus, with multiple sustainability measures being implemented in the Galapagos, it is a great time to travel to this unique destination to see conservation in action and become an ambassador for the region, inspired by your experiences.”
The Galapagos Islands offer some amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. Approximately 80 percent of land birds, 97 percent of reptiles and land mammals and 30 percent of the plants you’ll see on the islands are endemic, as are 20 percent of the marine species. As such, the destination is highly protective of its environment and, in support of wildlife and habitat conservation, the Ecuadorian government banned single-use plastics last year throughout the country.
Many travelers visit the islands via small cruise ship, so these providers stepped up their sustainability efforts as well. National Geographic eliminated single-use plastics on its Galapagos ships, as well as its entire fleet. AdventureSmith Explorations’ small cruise ships operating in the Galapagos now meet SmartVoyager conservation and social standards. AdventureSmith Explorations also offers a Carbon-Free Cruising offset program at no added cost to travelers.
AdventureSmith Explorations Galapagos cruises start at $1,768 per person.
Travelers looking for the world’s biggest parties tend to flock to the tiny Spanish island of Ibiza where world-renowned DJs play electronic music until the wee hours of the morning. But the island off the coast of Valencia and Barcelona has a lot more to offer than rousing parties and crazy nights followed by hazy mornings. If partying isn’t on your agenda, here are a few other ways to enjoy Ibiza.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Borgo Egnazia is more a small village than a hotel. The gorgeous fortified walls of the complex sit amid a picturesque backdrop of rolling hills and blue sea, and feels like something out of a fairytale. With its stunning views, luxurious accommodations and perfect placement near the seaside town of Savelletri, it’s no wonder the place is popular among celebrities.
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