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The first hammerhead shark breeding site in Galapagos is discovered

10Jan

Technicians from the Galapagos National Park identified for the first time a hammerhead shark breeding site. The discovery occurred during a follow-up mission in areas frequented by juvenile sharks. This mission began in 2009.

The breeding areas are places where adult sharks come to have their young, and these remain in place until they develop. This discovery is very important for the Galapagos and the region, because there are very few sites detected as hammerhead shark breeding areas in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

This specise is highly susceptible to overfishing and is currently on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in the category of danger of extinction, due to its slow growth and low reproductive capacity.

The observation of hammerhead sharks is an activity that is carried out very frequently in the diving tours to Galapagos and that attracts thousands of tourists to the islands. Tourism agents and hotels in Galapagos, including Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, are aware of the importance of caring for and respecting the habitat of this emblematic species of the archipelago.

Atlantic Productions presented documentary about the Galapagos Islands

13Dec

At the end of November the British documentary Mission Galapagos premiered in Quito. The documentary was in charge of the award-winning producer Anthony Geffen. The presentation was attended by President Lenin Moreno with his wife and also the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ecuador, Katherine Ward.

The essence of this production is to show the natural environment of the islands. It also focuses on the natural problems that currently affect the archipelago and its species. The documentary, divided in 3 episodes, will be distributed globally by BBC Worldwide.

Through aerial, terrestrial and marine exploration, this work shows, with amazing image quality, the most hidden corners of this natural paradise of the world. It is hoped that this documentary will contribute to the growth of tourism in Galapagos, and generate awareness among its visitors towards using eco-friendly boats and hotels like Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge.

Thank you so much for joining us throughout this year. On behalf of everyone who makes Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, we wish you happy holidays, full of unity, peace and love.
Happy New Year!

The Galapagos Islands, the ideal place to celebrate the year of the bird!

26Feb

The National Geographic Society declared 2018 as the year of the birds, commemorating 100 years of the creation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed.

To remember the centenary of this event, the most important nature destinations in the world come together to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and are committed to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Many Galapagos hotels, including Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, invite nature lovers to discover and fall in love with the unique bird species that exist in the archipelago.

The importance of birds in the environment is vital, without them the large chains that make ecosystems work would not be produced, that is why the authorities of the Islands, together with tour operators such as Galapagos hotels, naturalist guides, among others, they work hard to raise awareness among visitors about the relevance of these species and why it is so important to protect them.

A total of 140 species of birds have been recorded in Galapagos: 58 residents, 76 migratory, and 6 introduced. About 50% of the resident birds are endemic to the Islands, this means, they are unique in the world. Some of the most relevant species are:

The Galapagos penguin: This species lives more to the north than any other penguin species, it only nests in the Galapagos Islands, on the line of the Equator, being therefore the only penguin that is distributed in the northern hemisphere.

The cormorant of Galapagos: This is an example of the unusual fauna that inhabits these islands because it is the only cormorant that has lost the ability to fly.

The Galápagos Busardo: This bird is another species within the interesting list of endemics of Galapagos. It is not known with certainty where it comes from or when its ancestors came to the islands. It feeds on marine iguanas, snakes, fish and giant tortoise eggs.

Darwin’s finches: These birds are endemic to the Galapagos Islands, on the island of Santa Cruz. Its natural habitat is tropical or subtropical jungles. They are also world-famous for inspiring Charles Darwin’s evaluation theory.

These are just some examples of the different species that can be seen when visiting the Galapagos Islands. Species that stand out not only for their beauty and uniqueness, but also for their importance to the scientific community.

Come to Galapagos in 2018 and celebrate the year of the birds with us! If you are looking for Galapagos hotels or Galapagos tours, you can write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask about any of our programs or day trips to the most beautiful places on the islands for bird watching. For us it will be a pleasure to be part of this unforgettable adventure!

Tame increases its flights to Galapagos

13Dec

From December 11, the Ecuadorian airline Tame will operate a new direct route between Quito and Baltra Island, without the usual stopover in the coastal city of Guayaquil.

This new itinerary includes three flights per week (Monday, Friday and Sunday) from Quito’s airport to the airport of Baltra which services the island of Santa Cruz, where most of the Galapagos hotels are located including Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the main tourist attractions of Ecuador and Tame has it as a destination since 1964.

Between January and October of this year the airline has transported 97,463 passengers to the Baltra airport. TAME also has a frequency to the Airport of San Cristobal Island, which is located east of the archipelago.

Thank you so much for joining us throughout this year. On behalf of everyone who makes Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, we wish you happy holidays, full of unity, peace and love.
Happy New Year!

Santa Fe Island, the ideal place to include in your Galapagos tour!

26Dec

With 3.9 million-year-old rock formations, Santa Fe Island is the oldest in the archipelago. It has a surface of 24km2 and offers its visitors one of the most beautiful scenarios in the Galapagos.

Due to its aridity and lack of fresh water sources, it is practically uninhabitable for human beings. Yet this island is a paradise for birds, sea lions and other unique species such as the land iguana of Santa Fé, which cannot be found anywhere else.

The daily tour to Santa Fe Island is one of the most requested activities when staying at Galapagos hotels and Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge this is no exception. The tour includes a trip to a hidden beach surrounded by volcanic rocks, ideal for swimming, diving and observing shark colonies and marine iguanas. The tour also includes a walk along a path that leads to a Cactus forest, where the view is just spectacular.

Going to Santa Fe is a must on your Galapagos tour! Our hotel can include a visit to this island in any of our Unforgettable or Island Hopping  programs in the enchanted isles. If you want to schedule a tour to Santa Fe or if you are looking for a diving tour in the Galapagos , you can write us to ecolodge@casanturahotel.com. We will be happy to help you plan your Galapagos trip!

3 places you can’t miss during your visit to Santa Cruz Island!

25Jan

Santa Cruz is the most populated island of the archipelago. For this reason it has the largest number of Galapagos hotels, restaurants and shops. It also serves as a starting point for the most important tours in the Galapagos Islands. To get to this island, you must take a flight from Quito or Guayaquil to the airport on Baltra Island. At the exit of the airport you must take a bus that will take you to the Itabaca channel, then a ferry that will take you through the channel that connects both islands.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers transfer and assistance from the airport to the hotel. Our guests have the option to request this service and be accompanied during this journey.

Once on Santa Cruz Island, these are the places you can’t miss:

Charles Darwin Research Station:

It was created in 1964 and is operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. It has a natural history interpretation center and executes educational tasks supporting the service of the Galapagos National Park. It is famous for the captive breeding of giant tortoises, called Galapagos. This station is also the center of operations of foreign scientists who come to the islands to deal with special research programs.

Here you can learn about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the expeditions he made and the species he studied to develop his theory.

Definitely you cannot leave the Galapagos Islands without knowing the importance of this place for the scientific community worldwide, and the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the conservation of species. For this reason, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge includes a guided tour of Charles Darwin Station in all its Unforgettable Galapagos, Island Hopping and diving programs.

Tortuga Bay:

The beach receives this name, because it is a nesting site for turtles in the Galapagos Islands. In this place, tourists can enjoy the white sand and there is a probability of observing species such as: marine iguanas, seagulls, crabs, among others. Even with luck you can get to see blue-footed boobies. Tortuga Bay occupies the tenth place in the top of the best beaches in the world by Trip Advisor.

Casa Natura Galapagos lodge offers excursions to Tortuga Bay in the company of a naturalist guide. If you prefer, you can also explore this paradisiacal beach on your own and we will take you there and return you to the hotel after an unforgettable day.

El Garrapatero:

El Garrapatero beach is a paradise away from the stress and noise of the city. It is the best option in Santa Cruz to disconnect from everyday life and relax in contact with nature. Behind the beach there is a lagoon where you can find flamingos, black-necked ducks, Galapagos finches and migratory birds. If you are an adventure lover, you will love knowing that you can reach the beach by bicycle and practice kayaking and snorkeling there.

Our hotel is very close to this beach! Do not forget to include this destination in your visit to Santa Cruz Island and we will gladly take you to meet this place.

If you liked these places and wish to include them in your next adventure to Santa Cruz Island, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the best option for you! If you are looking for Galapagos hotels or Galapagos tours, you can write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask about any of our programs or one day excursions to the most beautiful places in the islands. For us, it is a pleasure to be part of your experience!