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Responsible tourism: Galapagos Islands wildlife vacation, tailor made
In 2007 UNESCO declared Galapagos as a World Heritage Site at risk due to a variety of issues including the introduction of alien species, illegal fishing, unsustainable tourism, illegal migration and population growth. It was removed from the list in 2010 after joint improvement efforts, but conservation studies show that ecological management is vital to maintaining the current status of the islands.
Our tours emphasise traveling in small groups so as to lessen the impact on the wildlife of Galapagos. We work to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible by using vessels that are maintained to the highest quality and meet stringent ecological standards. As a small tour operator we encourage our customers to follow the guidelines of our travelers code of conduct, where we emphasise waste management and local consumption at destination. All our ground operators are aware of our interest in making sure water usage and waste management are of high standards and we encourage clients to give us feedback at their return or when at destination, if our ground operators are not compliant with responsible practices.
We ensure the local communities benefit from tourism by providing educational opportunities and supporting marine conservation. Profits are used to support local education initiatives, such as sponsoring local high school students to undertake ecology training courses. Our ground operators are committed to purchasing products and resources locally whenever possible, to support economic development within the area.
Whenever possible we include tours to local communities and the aim of each is to showcase the traditional way of living in a particular destination, through actively participating in local events. Our community based experiences directly benefit the local people and are normally run by the communities themselves who work in partnership with local operators. In this way, we encourage our customers to learn a great deal about the local communities and their needs, and to participate in resolving these needs.
We also work with local ground operators to ensure that our tours are providing economic support and creating employment within the destination.