Conservation in the Galapagos Islands

Conservation in the Galapagos Islands

We are a member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association which we suppourt financially to help preserve and protect the Galapagos so it doesn't get ruined by tourism. 

 

Over the years, IGTOA has given tens of thousands of dollars to projects and organizations such as those listed below.

Bay cleanup
We supported a group of local fishermen in the cleanup of Academy Bay, netting more than eight thousand pounds of waste.

Library for Galapagos guides
We provided funds for the purchasing of hundreds of books for a library in Puerto Ayora, to be used by guides in their studies.

Oil spill cleanup
IGTOA provided emergency funds for the oil spill in 2000.

Patrol boat equipment
IGTOA donated a GPS system and video equipment to be used by the Galapagos National Park rangers when they patrol the islands for illegal fishing.

Recycling Center
We supported the Funcacion Galapagos’ Recycling Center on Santa Cruz Island.

Scholarship for a research project
We sponsored a graduate student at from Ecuador to make important baseline studies of the Galapagos tortoise at the Charles Darwin Station.

Scouts program in Puerto Ayora
We funded a project to provide environmental education and activities for a mixed-gender scout group on the island of Santa Cruz.

Shark Conservation Campaign
We supported WildAid in their information campaign to stop illegal shark finning.

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    The Galapagos presents nature at its most staggering, on land, under the sea and in the air. See the iconic giant tortoises, walk along trails strewn with spiky iguanas, wander beaches busy with sea lions and watch the courtship rituals of the blue-footed booby and the graceful albatross. Swim and snorkel to see penguins, tropical fish and sea lions, the latter swimming up to you and hoping to play. Watch dolphins surf bow waves and se birds plummet to pierce the water to catch fish before wandering the main street of Puerto Ayora and dodging the resident pelicans and sea lions; the Galapagos are wild and alive like no other land.