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5 facts you didn’t know about the Galapagos Islands!

06Oct

The Galapagos Islands are known worldwide for their biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution. We present 5 curious facts you may not have known about the Enchanted Islands.

  • The term “Enchanted Islands” first appeared on a map in 1589. The navigators nicknamed like this the Galapagos Islands, referring to the fact that these “appeared and disappeared”, because due the strong sea currents, access to islands was limited at certain times of the year. Today it is still said that the Islands are “enchanted”, but now referring to its great biodiversity of flora and fauna.
  • The marine iguana of the Galapagos, is the only reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life underwater.
  • The islands are named after the giant tortoises that live there (the word “galapago” means tortoise). This species can sleep up to 16 hours a day and feeds mainly on the cactus that grow there.
  • Originally, there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are totally extinct. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunt them to obtain their meat and oil.
  • The Galapagos Islands were part of the Second World War! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the Government of the United States to build in the Islands a landing strip for strategic purposes. When the war ended, the Americans left. Currently, this track acts as the main airport of the Islands, which receives thousands of passengers per year.

Do you want to visit the Galapagos Islands and check this facts by yourself? Are you looking for a hotel in Galapagos? You can write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will be happy to help you plan your trip!

 

Guests on a guided tour - Casa Natura Galapagos Hotel

What to bring to Galapagos? Top 5

06Jul

Have you ever wondered what you should bring on your next trip to Galapagos? We give you the top 5 important things to bring to The Galapagos Islands.

  1. Sunscreen. Is something essential in your visit to the Galapagos Islands because the sun on this side of the world strikes directly. In the Galapagos you will have many excursions and long walks which exposes you a lot in the sun. The sun´s rays in the Galapagos are more intense between December and May, but that does not mean that the sun will not come out the rest of the year. Do not forget your sunscreen!
  2. Camera. In Galapagos you will find unique and beautiful landscapes! You’re going to want to keep that landscapes forever. You will discover unique species that you will only see in The Galapagos Islands, and I am sure that you will want to take a photo next to the unique animals.
  3. Comfortable shoes. The shoes are something very important in your next trip to Galapagos because you will make excursions and long walks. Many of these excursions are over volcanic stones and you will not want to hurt your feet.
  4. Light clothing. The clothing that you choose for Galapagos must be adapted to the weather conditions and for the activities that you are going to do. Bring several swim suits, so you do not have to be worried about the next day.
  5. Backpack. It is always a good idea to carry a backpack for your daily excursions or tours. These will help you carry everything you need in a practical and comfortable way.

If you do not have any plan or prepare to visit the Galapagos islands, but you want to go? Contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask me about accommodation at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge and the activities you can do from this hotel located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

CERTIFICATE-LODGE

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge obtains the Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor 2017

27Jun

We are pleased to inform you that Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge has been awarded the 2017 Certificate of Excellence in Hotels. This award, which has been delivering for six years, recognizes the achievement that has consistently received good reviews on Tripadvisor throughout this last year.

This certification has been possible thanks to the good work done by all the team that forms Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge located in the Galapagos Islands, along with its administrators, who put everything on their part so that the guests have the best experience.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor recognizes the achievement of hospitality businesses that have consistently received positive reviews and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, vice president of marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers To identify establishments that regularly offer good service and to book on them. TripAdvisor is pleased to play this critical role of helping travelers feel more confident when they book. ”

We thank all our guests for all the trust in our lodge, and to their good comments and suggestions which allow us to continue to maintain an excellent and quality service to get back in 2018.

Premiere of ¨Galapagos, Islands of Evolution¨ produced by National Geographic

21Mar

Last September 8, 2016 was the launch of an important event for Ecuador on the Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos. It was the premiere of ¨Galapagos, Islands of Evolution¨ produced by National Geographic. Since December 2015, it started to film the documentary that highlights the underwater wealth of the Galapagos especially the islands of Darwin and Wolf, where is located the last barrier reef in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

The documental will be reproduced worldwide through the screen of NatGeo, more than 500 million viewers will be witness the natural wealth that keeps Galapagos. It will create the interest of hundreds of thousands of potential tourist to Ecuador. According to the architect Chafic guest of the event said: ¨I think it is important that these activities are performed, enhance the national and international tourism. Not every day comes NatGeo to your country.¨

GALAPAGOS TRAVEL TIPS

22Sep

CLOTHING

In the highlands region, it is best to dress in layers since temperatures vary, beginning and ending the day quite cool but becoming warm in the midday sun. Wear a sweater over a light shirt and T-shirt, and carry a light, preferably water resistant jacket and umbrella, especially during the rainy season.

In the tropical climates, light cotton clothing is recommended. Bring along a sweater or light jacket since it can cool off in the evenings. In the jungle regions, long-sleeved shirts and long cotton pants, as well as a good pair of walking shoes, are recommended.

PASSPORT AND VISAS

All visitors to Ecuador must have a passport valid for at least six months.Upon entry, all visitors are required to complete a brief international embarkation/ disembarkation card, which is stamped along with your passport. Keep this card in your passport, as it will be required when leaving the country.

ABOUT GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

22Sep

 

Located 600 miles west of Continental Ecuador and on the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are perhaps the most precious treasure humankind has in terms of ecological, wildlife and evolutionary studies.   This claim is validated by UNESCO’s declaration of the isles as “World Natural Heritage” and by other scientific studies.

Charles Darwin Foundation will be at The Galapagos Islands for the next 25 years

02Sep

This was stated by Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Rene Ramirez. The foundation has worked since 1959 on the islands, which has made several works. For example, they have established the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island 1964, created a herbarium internationally recognized, which contain the world’s largest collection of plants of Galapagos.

Their mission “is to provide science that will help to conserve the environment and biodiversity of the archipelago and that enables decision-makers to work towards a truly sustainable Galápagos. We are doing this within the context of dynamic changes in the commercial, political, and social landscapes of the Galapagos Islands. It is perhaps fitting that in this bastion of evolution, the Charles Darwin Foundation continually evolves as a matter of adaptation.”