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3 reasons why book our galapagos hotel during COVID-19

13May

Dear Friends and Guests:

Our planet has dramatically changed since COVID-19. Galapagos will be no exception and that is why our Lodge wants to give you 3 reasons why Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge will be the best home base for journeys and adventures in the Galapagos.

REASON 1: OUR LOCATION AND EXTENSIVE OUTDOOR AREAS

Our Lodge is located in a privileged area, in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, with more than 3 hectares of green open areas. This beautiful area has ecological trails and our own vegetable/fruit producing garden. Our spacious social areas allow our guests to maintain safe social distancing from other guests while enjoying nature.

We are very close to Giant Tortoise Reserves and Galapagos coffee farms. Our location will undoubtedly give greater sense of safety and confidence to our guests while enjoying their Galapagos expedition.

Furthermore, we want our guests to know that we are doing everything we can to welcome them back to a safe and clean hotel environment when they start traveling again.

 

REASON 2: OUR NEW BIOSECURITY AND CLEANING PROTOCOLS

Over the next few months, when guests are in our Hotel you will be able to notice a number of additions to our cleaning regimen designed to set an even higher standard of cleanliness for the hotel. Specific areas of focus include:

 

SURFACE AREAS

COVID-19 has raised awareness about the importance of high-touch surface cleanliness. In public spaces, the Lodge has added to its already rigorous cleaning protocols, requiring that surfaces are thoroughly treated with high-grade disinfectants and that this cleaning is done with increased frequency.

 

GUESTROOMS

In guest rooms, the Lodge has likewise added to its rigorous protocols, requiring that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned with strong disinfectants.

 

GUEST CONTACT

All our staff members will use face masks, gloves and hair nets while at work. In addition, all guests will be taken their temperature before check in.

To help alleviate the risk of transmission, CASA NATURA will be using signage in its lobbies to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols and removing or re-arranging furniture to allow more space for distancing in the social areas. We are also installing more hand sanitizing stations at the entrances to its hotel and social areas.

 

FOOD SAFETY

Casa Natura’s food safety program includes enhanced sanitation guidelines for our employees that includes hygiene and disinfecting practices. Breakfast will no longer be Buffet style but only served to the table. We have separated our dining tables to guarantee the distance of two meters that is recommended by World Health Organization guidelines. At Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, all food handlers and supervisors will be trained on safe food preparation and service practices. Safety for our guests is our priority.

We want our guests to know that we are doing everything we can to welcome them back to a safe and clean hotel environment when they start traveling again. It will be a pleasure to have you very soon as our special guest.

 

REASON 3: OUR NEW FLEXIBLE BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICIES UPDATED FOR COVID-19

We are conscious that you want to able to book your Galapagos holiday with flexibility while COVID-19 is in the back of your mind. Therefore, our hotel has established new booking & cancellation policies. (READ MORE https://casanaturahotel.com/terms-and-conditions/)

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns to info@casanaturahotel.com or administration@casanaturahotel.com

Diego, the Galapagos turtle that saved the existence of his species

03Feb

Diego, the turtle considered “sex symbol”, contributed arduously to the mass reproduction of his species, managing to save it completely from extinction.

Diego is famous because despite having been out of the country for 30 years at the San Diego Zoo (USA), he was repatriated to the country to participate in the breeding program of the species “Chelonoidis hoodensis.” resounding success thanks to your contribution. This is why it is considered the ‘sex symbol’ turtle that helped save its species.

Diego, despite over one hundred years of age, has become a symbol of the Galapagos conservation, since approximately 40% of the turtles repatriated to the Spanish island are their descendants.

The Galapagos National Park said that an ecological evaluation carried out on Española Island, showed the recovery of habitat conditions for the new turtles, all thanks to the captive breeding program of the “Chelonoidis hoodensis” species.

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 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 Galapagos Lodge is the ideal place for you! Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos

New sea elephant sighting on the Galapagos coast

06Jan

The citizens of Isabela Island reported the sighting of a sea elephant on the beach known as El Faro. This specimen of approximately 3 meters long was found by the Rangers of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park.

This would be the second contact with a sea elephant in the Galapagos Islands. Studies indicate that the specimen could be an adult female, of the species Mirounga leonina, which is clearly different from the male, since it does not have the extension of the nose, which gives them the appearance of an elephant. This spice is commonly found in waters of the Antarctic Ocean

This species tends to migrate during the time they do not mate, since they usually swim long distances for food. Technicians suggest that like sea lions, the specimen may have been transported by sea currents that flow into the Galapagos Islands.

The place where the sea elephant is currently, is restricted access for visitor safety. The technicians mention about the probability that the sea elephant will migrate again in search of food.

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 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 Galapagos Lodge is the ideal place for you! Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos

Ecuador won two world awards in the “Tourism Oscars”

09Dec

Ecuador won two awards at the World Travel Awards, considered as the “Tourism Oscars”.

The two main destinations to receive awards at the event were Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands.

In the ceremony that was presented mid-year, Ecuador obtained 19 distinctions on a South American scale, in addition to recognizing companies that offer services related to the tourism sector.

Guayaquil, for example, obtained the regional distinctions of “Leading Destination in festivals and events” and “Leading Destination of business trips in South America”, while Galapagos won the distinction of “Destination of Leading Beach of South America”

Quito, in turn, obtained recognition for the “Leading Destination of South America”, while Cuenca won the award for the “Vacation Destination City of South America.”

That is why Casa Natura Galapagos invites you to live an unforgettable experience surrounded by incredible landscapes and unique species that will allow you to connect with nature in the best award-winning beaches such as “Destination Beach Leader of South America”, which you will only find in the Galapagos Islands,. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or visit our website www.casanaturahotel.com to learn about new experiences

 

Scientists discover that Galapagos oldest penguin is almost 18 years old

02Dec

A Spheniscus mendiculus species penguin has broken all life expectancy of these endemic animals of the Galapagos Islands, since according to previous studies, it was thought that these penguins were 11 years old.

This female specimen has been listed as the “oldest in Galapagos” as it is currently 17.7 years old. His first encounter with the naturalists was in 2004 and his age was determined at that time was about two years. The second meeting he had with this specimen was in 2016, where the researchers determined its longevity opens the door to new studies on the life cycle of this endemic species and in turn promotes new strategies for their conversation.

The Galapagos penguin is a species that is in danger of extinction under the agreement with the Red List of Endangered Species of the International Union for the Conversation of Nature (IUCN)

According to the Charles Darwin Foundation, they comment: “It is the only species of penguin that lives in tropical areas, above the equator” but, according to the data recorded in 1970, the population of this species has not increased.

This endemic species is very sensitive to changes in water temperature, it is also affected by invasive species, parasites, heavy metal contamination and negative interaction with humans.

Therefore, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge aims to contribute to the conservation of natural species and areas on the islands. For us it is extremely important to raise awareness in 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 directly with nature, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is the ideal place for you! Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos

Galapagos, Hope for the future’ Documentary, addresses the importance of preserving the islands

11Nov

On October 28th, the world premiere of the documentary “Galapagos, Hope for the future”, funded by the COmON Foundation, was held. The documentary was made in recognition of the 60 years of scientific research in the archipelago of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF).

The launch was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with more than 800 guests, including the presence of the Dutch royal family and several European celebrities.

The premiere in Ecuador is scheduled to be on November 9th in Puerto Ayora-Galapagos and then in Quito on December 12.

The film was directed by Evert van den Bos, Dutch director and producer, which highlights the scientific work currently being done for the proper preservation of the islands.

The film was funded by the Dutch COmON Foundation, which seeks to promote the conservation of this unique site in the world, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This will be the first documentary that will include the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, turning this documentary into a unique project.

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 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 Galapagos Lodge is the ideal place for you!

Write us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos.

Two new species of salamanquesas are discovered in Galapagos

04Nov

A group of scientists from several organizations, including Tropical Herping (TH), Galapagos Conservancy and the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, identified two new species of salamanquesas, located around two volcanoes on Isabela Island.

The new species of salamanquesa found around Wolf volcano, was named as Phyllodactylus andysabini; While the other species found around the Darwin volcano was named as Phyllodactylus simpsoni, the latter is located throughout Isabela and Fernandina Island.

Both names were selected in honor of the efforts employed by important international personalities of world conservation, and are already added to the Galapagos Reptile book detailing the data found at the time of its discovery.

The Galapagos Reptile book is displayed in the auditorium of Arcotel, on Santa Cruz Island, where it is currently only in English where it is used as a consultation tool for technicians, scientists, researchers and the local population in general.

Casa Natura Lodge actively supports the proposals and initiatives in favor of the environmental conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Our commitment is to protect the enchanted islands so that future generations can appreciate this natural paradise.

If you are looking for a hotel in Galapagos that connects you directly with nature, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is the ideal place for you!

Write us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos.

Bartolome Island, considered the most beautiful in the world, according to CNN

14Oct

According to the international portal CNN, Bartolome Island is recognized as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.It was presented in a list where the Ecuadorian island stood out among other popular destinations such as Santa Lucia, Komodo, among others.

The list prepared by CNN consisted in a total of 10 participating islands worldwide.

Bartolome Island to be one of the youngest islands in the archipelago, distinguished among the others for its colorful environments, where you can admire the diversity of species, as are the charismatic penguins, crabs and marine iguanas.

Bartolomé is located east of Santiago Island, covering an area of 120 hectares, where its pinnacle stands out as the most representative image of the entire Galapagos archipelago.

CNN highlights this image as “The summit of Pinnacle Rock has a view across beaches and pale blue-green waters, where their colors are set by the lava flow colored black coal in Sullivan Bay”

Casa Natura Galapagos invites you to live an unforgettable experience surrounded by incredible landscapes and unique species that connect you with the nature of the Galapagos Islands. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or visit our website www.casanaturahotel.com to learn about new experiences

Scientists figure out the diet of tiger sharks within the Galapagos Marine Reserve

07Oct

The main prey for tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) large are green turtles and sea lions, according to the study of the diet of this species, while the hatchlings feed on small squid and fish.

Sharks are predators that are located at the top of the marine food network, maintaining a healthy ecosystem, controlling the lowest prey populations in the food network. Tiger sharks are captured momentarily to take samples and place satellite acoustic transmitters. This process does not cause any damage to the animal.

The method of measuring on your diet occurs through your muscle tissues. When an animal eats, its skin, muscles, and organs store information about the animal or plant it ate.

“After analyzing the data, we found that sharks remain inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve for more than 90% of the time they were followed. In the Galapagos they show a high tendency to stay around nesting areas of green turtles,” says Denisse Fierro, scientist of the shark ecology project.

The study shows that marine protected areas, where ecosystems are well preserved and have abundant resources, are effective for the protection of species that are commonly migratory, such as the tiger shark.

The Galapagos Islands is one of the last wild places in the ocean, where shark populations and other predators are in an almost pristine state.

However, sharks are one of the most endangered marine vertebrates on the planet. Few places on the planet are home to healthy shark populations due to the protection provided by Marine Reserves.

For this reason, 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 in our guests about all the efforts being made to maintain biodiversity and balance in this natural paradise. If you are looking for a Galapagos hotel that connects you directly to nature, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is the place for you! Write to ecolodge-casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours at the best hotel in the Galapagos

Giant tortoises information is collected through solar technology

09Sep

The objective is the collection of information on the movements of the tortoises in order to know their health status within their habitat

45 turtles were chosen to take samples, of which seven were placed with solar GPS and in turn flights were made with a drone to map the terrain where the tortoises live. The new devices placed use solar energy, are much more compact and have a lifespan that exceeds 10 years.

These devices not only detect the location of the turtle, but also store the data of their daily activities.

The displacements that Galapagos giant tortoises usually make play a primary role in the healthy maintenance of their populations. The project will help to understand the ecological implications of their migratory movements, at the same time it will allow to know the threats that tortoises face, which will help to contribute important information for their conservation.

Therefore, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is extremely important to raise awareness in 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 Galapagos Lodge is the ideal place for you! Write us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours in the best hotel in Galapagos.