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.
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