Legacy Trips

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Is it any wonder that a 4-million-year-old land still being formed by volcanoes and inhabited by forests of giant cactus, boulder-sized coral skeletons and unique terrestrial and marine animals inspired a young English naturalist to describe the forces shaping the diversity of life on Earth? This living museum hosts everything from blue-footed boobies and turtles as big as desks to finches that use tools and sea lions which have come back from the brink of extinction. You will stroll along soft white sand beaches and explore open lava fields by day, then retire to your yacht at night to listen to the waves crash while gazing upon the night sky above.

  • Swim and snorkel with sea lions.
  • Visit a half-dozen of the Galapagos Islands and explore their complex and captivating geology.
  • Explore a tortoise breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises preparing to be reintroduced into the wild.
  • Watch whales and dolphins ride the yacht’s bow wave as you cross from one island to another.
  • Spot blue- and red-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, storm-petrels, short-eared owls, great frigatebirds and mockingbirds.
Trip Details:

Dates: October 28–November 4, 2012
Cost: $3,748 based on double occupancy and cabin choice. Airfare, single supplement and additional fees are not included.
Information & Reservations:
Tropic Journeys in Nature
Juan Pablo
(+593 2) 222-5907 or (202) 657-5072 (USA)

The Conservancy in the Galapagos

Though the archipelago became a national park in 1959, the Galapagos face one of the biggest global threats to biodiversity: invasive species. These non-native species have decimated entire populations of native fauna and flora that previously had no natural predators. To stop invasive species and other threats, the Conservancy has developed a demonstration project that illustrates conservation-friendly land use practices.

The Conservancy has also been instrumental in developing accurate maps of the archipelago, crucial for effective conservation. Moreover, by designing and implementing a leadership training and support program, the Conservancy fosters increased conservation awareness in four key sectors of Galapagos’ society: fishers, tourism operators, youth groups and farmers.

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