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Giant tortoises, the engineers of the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands

18Jul

They are considered as the builders of the ecosystem since through their being herbivore and the spread of seeds, they have helped the formation of the vegetal communities, and in addition, they have opened roads that other species take advantage of for their mobilization.

It’s been 60 years since the National Park has been paying special attention to the 16 identified species of chelonians, including Santa Cruz, of which five have been extinguished. This happened long before the Galapagos National Park was created. They have proposed to recover three of the extinct giant tortoise species, which are: those of Floreana, Fernandina, and Pinta, which corresponds to the species of Solitaire George.

But today, the islands face more challenges such as dealing with the increase in population and the arrival of more tourists. Although visitors are a basic pillar in the economy of the islands, an increase in effort must be made to conserve them, since their massive presence can affect the islands. For that, tourism activity must be regulated, preserving the endemic flora and fauna of this wonderful natural corner.

Therefore, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge aims to contribute to the conservation of species and natural areas on the islands. For us it is extremely important to raise awareness in our guests about all the efforts that are made to maintain biodiversity and balance in this natural paradise. If you are looking for a hotel in Galapagos that connects you directly with nature, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos.

Galapagos announces new tourism offer related to coffee

04Jul

Galapagos presents new alternatives for local and foreign tourists, where they will discover the treasures of this natural destination, accompanied by the aroma of coffee. Ecuador’s tourism department (Mintur) will present the history, process of sowing, drying, roasting and grinding the coffee beans produced on the islands.

This product is in its initial phase, which will join together 4 coffee producing farms with agrotouristic potential. The initiative will immerse visitors in the processes within the coffee plantations, where they will experience through experiential tourism, each of the agricultural activities on coffee, which have been done more than 100 years ago in the Galapagos. The offer will start in July, innovating the tourism of the islands and increasing the satisfaction of the visitors. This will allow tourism entrepreneurs to implement marketing strategies including coffee as a new alternative.

The Galápagos coffee is among the best in the world because its growth is in complete harmony with nature. This initiative will put Galápagos coffee as an innovative product, demonstrating the excellent quality of the local raw material. This innovative product will strengthen the tourist gastronomy offer of the islands, promoting the well-being of its inhabitants and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers you the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the history of the Galápagos Café, through the different Galapagos tours, that our Hotel offers. To be part of this adventure, do not hesitate to contact us at the telephone numbers (+593) 9 9522 1019 / (+593) 6005011 or write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com.

Scientific expedition finds a species of turtle considered extinct

21Jun

A species of turtle (Chelonoidis phantasticus) that was believed to have been extinct 100 years ago was found on Fernandina Island. It was found in its natural habitat, through an expedition carried out by the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI), a project joined by other organizations, such as the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and the conservation organization of Galápagos, which have an objective, locate new specimens and among them, was the enigmatic turtle. The Ministry of the Environment said that the Galapagos National Park “has the support to develop the necessary research to guarantee the conservation and preservation of the species in the Galapagos Islands”. The turtle was found, in the lower area of ​​Fernandina Island.

It is an adult female that possibly exceeds one hundred years. However, genetic studies will be carried out to reconfirm that the specimen found is of the Fernandina Island species. The turtle was transported by boat, from Fernandina, to the Giant Turtle Breeding Center in Santa Cruz, where it will remain under the custody of park rangers and in an individual pen for their stay. There is a possibility that there are more individuals in Fernandina, since they found traces and excrements in different areas of the island, separated by lava traces of recent eruptions. Fernandina is one of the youngest islands in the archipelago. It has an area of ​​638 square kilometers, being the third largest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Its volcano, La Cumbre, is one of the most active in the world.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge aims to contribute to the conservation of species and natural areas on the islands. It is extremely important for us to raise awareness among our guests about all the efforts made to maintain biodiversity and balance in this natural paradise. If you are looking for a hotel in Galapagos that connects you directly with nature, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours at the best hotel in Galapagos.

CASA NATURA GALÁPAGOS LODGE EARNS 2019 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

03Jun

On May 23, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge has received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its ninth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that are consistently excellent – having earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 Certificate of Excellence, which for nearly a decade has celebrated businesses that have consistently received positive ratings from travelers and diners on the world’s largest travel platform,” said Neela Pal, Vice President of Brand, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly recognize businesses that are actively taking into account customer feedback to help travelers confidently experience the most highly reviewed places to eat, stay, and explore.”

This certification has been possible thanks to the good work of all the team that forms Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, together with its administrators, who put everything on their part so that the guests have the best experience. We also thank all our guests for all the trust given in our lodge, and their good comments and suggestions which allow us to continue maintaining an excellent service and quality to get it back in 2020.

GALÁPAGOS, BEST DESTINATION IN ADVENTURE AND NATURE

13May

The archipelago of Galápagos, a World Heritage Site declared by Unesco, is the ideal destination to enjoy the adventure and its exotic nature. Its exceptional landscapes, its unique fauna in the world and the warmth offered by its people, becomes the perfect combination to offer the best adventures to tourists.

In this enchanted paradise, direct contact with diversity will allow you to live authentic experiences. For those who visit the islands, we share some suggested activities:

Diving in Leon Dormido

One of the most iconic islets of Galapagos, also known as “Kicker Rock” or sleeping lion, is located near San Cristobal Island. Here you can see different species of sea turtles, sharks and unique colorful fish that swim near the islet, without a doubt this show catches the attention of all the divers that visit it. In addition to visiting the Leon Dormido, the Galapagos Marine Reserve offers other magical places to enjoy an adventure at the bottom of the ocean. Darwin Island, North Seymour, Roca Cousins ​​and Bartolomé are dive sites, which make the Galapagos a destination on a global scale.

 

Hike through the Sierra Negra volcano

To know the history and geology of the formation of the Galapagos Islands, there is no better place than Isabela Island. This island is composed of six active volcanoes, where the ‘Sierra Negra’, is the volcano that has the largest caldera of all. To access the Sierra Negra Volcano, you must be accompanied by a specialized Galápagos guide. On this tour it is possible to admire the beauty of Isabela and observe vestiges of recent eruptions.

Walking with the giant turtles

The giant tortoises of Galapagos are the icon of the islands and for which the archipelago owes its name. In the high part of the island Santa Cruz is where you can admire the giant tortoises with care. The turtle reserve located in the upper part, offers trails for visits where we can admire the turtles feed or walk through the place and others we can see in the natural lagoons taking a bath.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers you the opportunity to enjoy and interact with giant tortoises, sea lions and many other species, through the different tours of Galapagos that our Hotel offers. To be part of this adventure, do not hesitate to contact us at the telephone numbers (+593)9 9522 1019 / (+593) 6005011 or write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com.

3 activities that you can´t miss during your visit to the Galapagos Islands

06May

The Galapagos Islands, also known as the Enchanted Islands, are a worldwide destination known for their natural beauty and also it is home of unique species that you won´t find anywhere else. There are a variety of activities to do in the Galapagos Islands and we will detail 3 of the most outstanding:

  1. Visit to the giant tortoises: The giant tortoises are one of the longest living species in the Galapagos Islands. To visit them you can find them in breeding centers or at the Charles Darwin Research Station. During your visit, you can learn about their lifestyle, their development and reproduction.
  2. Daily tour to the North Seymour Islands, Santa Fe, Bartolome or Plazas: It lasts one day and is ideal to do it together with your family or friends. These boats have a capacity of up to 16 people in shared occupancy. This tour will allow you to meet a variety of species such as: blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions and penguins.
  3. Diving in the Galapagos Islands: This marine adventure is essential during your visit to the Galapagos Islands. Beginners and diving professionals will enjoy this activity. Diving will allow you to interact with the marine fauna of the Galapagos Islands.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge gives you the opportunity to be part of these activities through the Galapagos tours. We can assist you to plan your next vacations in the Enchanted Islands. Contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or call us at the phone numbers: (593) 2 600-5011 – (+593) 995221019.

Casa Natura participated in the third edition of the “Galapagos Workshop”

15Apr

More than 100 tourism entrepreneurs participated in the “Galapagos Workshop”, where companies were able to conclude agreements between operators of the islands and continental Ecuador to boost tourism in the enchanted islands.

The event was held by the Ministry of Tourism through the Insular Zone Coordination, Marketing departemt, and Zonal Coordination 5. The meeting was attended by 36 tour operators, who promoted the natural beauties provided by the Galapagos Islands.

During the workshop, various types of services were offered, including accommodation on land, specialized diving tours, tourist maritime transport, experiential fishing, among others.

Galapagos’ operators made good commercial relations with tourist entrepreneurs of Guayas, Pichincha, and Loja, which would represent opportunities to create alliances, allowing them to satisfy the requirements of the tourist demand offering the best experience to the visitors.

In addition, the Galápagos Tourism Observatory was present to gather information on the number of negotiations carried out, thus being able to estimate the future impact on the economy of tourist businesses and inhabitants of the islands.

The Galapagos Islands, recognized as the first Natural Patrimony of Humanity has 180 marine and terrestrial visit sites for national and foreign tourists, in which they will be able to appreciate the local flora and fauna. The business round, year after year, seeks to promote the natural attractions and tourist services, always looking for the conservation and sustainability of this Ecuadorian jewel.

For the first time, Casa Natura Galápagos lodge was part of this important event, which unveiled the qualities of this family Lodge, surrounded by nature and located in the upper area of Santa Cruz Island, where the main tourist attractions are developed. For more information about the Lodge and our tours in the Galapagos Islands contact us at (+593) 9 9522 1019 / (+593) 6005011 or write to our email, ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will be happy to assist you in your next vacation at Galapagos Islands.

The 1st place as the best sustainable destination was awarded to the Galapagos Islands

15Mar

The Galapagos Islands were recognized as the best sustainable destination in America at the Green Destinations Gala, an initiative that rewards innovation and good practices in tourism management of destinations. The award ceremony was held in the framework of the ITB Berlin 2019 fair, on March 6 in Germany.

12 international organizations analyzed and monitored all elements related to sustainability, tourism experience aimed at nature, always encouraging their protection, among other aspects. The Galapagos Islands stood out among these analyzes and ranked first in the “Best of the Americas” category of the most environmentally friendly destinations.

Rosi Prado de Holguín, Minister of Tourism, received the recognition that locates the Enchanted Islands among the best references of ecological tourism worldwide. “We are committed to maintaining actions related to tourism under strict parameters of sustainability, ensuring the conservation of nature, the satisfaction of tourists and the welfare of the population,” he said during the award ceremony.

The Top 100 of the best sustainable destinations in the world, are full of stories highlighting the quality of destinations, sustainability and attractiveness in tourism. The current edition of the event was organized by ITB Berlin, Green Destinations, TravelMole, Travelife and ten other organizations that qualify and reward efforts to destinations that develop an eco-tourism.

The Galapagos islands

These islands were formed by volcanic material inhabited by unique species in the world. Blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and marine iguanas are some of the endemic animals of the Galapagos Islands. There are several ways to explore the wonderful Enchanted Islands through tours or expeditions. If you are looking for a unique experience in the enchanted islands, get more information about galapagos tours by clicking on the following link (Click here).

In order to cause the least possible impact on the environment, measures have been implemented which include: the responsible use of disposable plastics in each of the tours, the use of renewable energies and the reduction of fossil fuel use.

The Enchanted Islands impress the whole world once again, showing that it is a conservation destination, where harmonious coexistence between nature and man is possible. This destination offers its visitors a unique and direct connection to biodiversity, the opportunity to commit to their care and protection.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge aims to contribute to the conservation of species and natural areas on the islands. For us it is extremely important to raise awareness in our guests about all the efforts that are made to maintain biodiversity and balance in this natural paradise. If you are looking for a hotel in Galapagos that connects you directly with nature, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos.

Top 5 destinations in South America you must visit in 2019

07Jan

South America has a diversity of destinations that attract travelers from all over the world for its natural, cultural and historical beauty. Therefore, it makes it one of the regions that you should visit at least once in your life. Next, we will mention the 5 best places in South America with the greatest tourist attraction of 2019.

  1. Galapagos Islands:

    These islands were formed by volcanic material inhabited by unique species in the world. Blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and marine iguanas are some of the authentic animals of the Galapagos Islands. There are two ways to explore the wonderful Enchanted Islands either through hotel based experiences like the ones offered by Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge or by live board cruises.

  2. Machu Pichu – Peru:

    In 2007, it was chosen as one of the new modern wonders of the world. It is considered one of the most famous attractions in South America. This archaeological site reflects the work in stone and the astronomy utensils elaborated by the Incas. To access to this place, you must consider the Inca Trail that will allow you to enjoy the landscape offered by the Andes. Via Natura offers travel services in Peru through its home office in Cuzco (http://www.vianatura.com/ecuador/).

  3. Iguazu Falls – Argentina and Brazil:

    South America has a variety of natural beauties like the Iguazu Falls. The Iguazu Falls are composed by 275 waterfalls that have different heights. They are located in the territories of Argentina and Brazil where 2 different angles of this natural destination can be appreciated.

  4. The Amazon – Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Brazil:

    The Amazon rainforest is considered one of the most important places in the world because it has a wide range of species that inhabit it. The best way to get to know this destination is through canoes, hikes and lodges in the middle of the Amazon jungle.

  5. Patagonia – Argentina and Chile:

    It is considered one of the best destinations for excursions because of its combination of landscapes and hiking trails. It is located south of the American continent between the countries of Argentina and Chile.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is a hotel located in Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands considered a star destination in South America to visit during the 2019. Live an unforgettable experience surrounded by incredible landscapes and unique species that will allow to have a connection with the nature of the Galapagos Islands. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or call us at the following numbers 1-866-9786-514 / + 593-998906400 / + 593-44506016.

Galapagos Islands: Annual Christmas Bird Count

28Dec

In 1900, the United States and Canada were the pioneers in establishing the “Christmas bird count”. This count allows you to determine the state of the different bird populations with the involvement of the community. Since 2016, the Galapagos Islands are part of this initiative. In the Galapagos Islands, the annual bird count is carried out by the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation. The main objective is to allow the community to get involved in this project with the purpose of collecting information and evaluating the state in which the land birds of the Galapagos Islands are found. In general, the community can be part of this activity during December 2018. This research focuses on the species: Galapagos Dove, Owls and the Vermilion Flycatcher. However, if the community find information about other birds, it is also received by the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Casa Natura is a hotel in the Galapagos committed in the conservation of the birds of the Enchanted Islands. For this reason, we invite our guests and the community to become part of this project that will take place in this month of December. Come and enjoy an incredible bird watching experience through one of the Galapagos tours that Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers you. Do not hesitate to contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or call us at the following numbers 1-866-9786-514 / + 593-998906400 / + 593-44506016. We will be very happy to always help you planning your vacations to the Galapagos Islands!