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Two new species of salamanquesas are discovered in Galapagos

11Nov

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.

New multisensory devices to monitor sea turtles in Galapagos

02Sep

The Charles Darwin Foundation installed a multisensory device in the shell of a female sea turtle that was nesting on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.

With this device you can know the exact location of each nesting that the turtle performs, on its behavior and how long they circulate on the surface. The device has several integrated sensors, including a camera, a GPS and a hydrophone.

The Charles Darwin Foundation has informed that threats to sea turtle species persist despite the protection provided by the Galapagos Marine Reserve, which one of the most worrisome threats is the interaction with fisheries and the impact of vessels in their habitat.

In the Archipelago there have already been cases of turtles affected by vessels, both in feeding and nesting sites.

The data collected by the sensor will be used to estimate the levels of risk that turtles run, in this way conservation strategies will be designed, where a negative impact for the species due to marine traffic will be avoided.

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

CASA NATURA GALÁPAGOS LODGE WILL BE PRESENT AT THE TRAVELMART LATINAMERICA 2019

21Aug

TravelMart LatinAmerica (TMLA) fair started in Lima, Peru, in 1978, being the pioneer in using a “preprogrammed appointment system” to help organize a “Buyers and Suppliers” trade fair.

Today, TravelMart LatinAmerica (TMLA) is widely recognized as the most important annual business event in Latin America for world markets. The event offers an opportunity for tour programs buyers to research, identify and develop new products or services in South and Central America. At the same time these suppliers can in “promote” their product policies, prices and promotions to buyers in an efficient manner.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge will be part of this important event. Our stand will be in the Marketplace where you can meet this family lodge surrounded by nature located in the upper area of ​​Santa Cruz Island where the greatest land and tourism attractions in the Galapagos Islands 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 on your next vacation at Galapagos Islands. Don’t forget to visit our booth at TMLA 2019!

14.6 million hectares is the new figure the Galapagos Biosphere Reserve

07Aug

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) approved the expansion of the Archipelago of Columbus Biosphere Reserve to 14.6 million hectares, also they approve their new name “Galapagos Biosphere Reserve”, making the Archipelago one of the most important  and, the largest marine reserves in the world.

The designation states that all environmental services applied in the reserve are of high importance for the preservation of animal and plant life. According to the changes made, these next steps would consist of the management plan and the establishment of a management committee of the Biosphere Reserve. The Columbus Archipelago Biosphere Reserve, now known as the Biosphere Reserve, was created in 1984, when it initially included only the land area with 772 thousand hectares.

The process to integrate the surrounding marine area began in 2015, the year where the proposal was presented to Unesco. With the increase in the marine area, 14.6 million hectares are reached.

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

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.