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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!

3 curious facts about the blue-footed boobies of the Galapagos Islands

23Nov

The blue-footed boobies are one of the species that have been studied by many scientists including Charles Darwin. Would you like to know the best curiosities of the blue footed boobies of the Galapagos Islands?

Did you know?

1.     The male blue-footed boobies has a longer tail than females. However, the difference between the two is not very noticeable.

2.     In the Galapagos Islands, blue-footed boobies are protected species. In the various islands you will find an approximate of 40,000 birds of this type.

3.     The particular strong blue color of their feet, is due to a pigment found in their diet and the way in which they assimilate it.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers you the opportunity to meet the blue-footed boobies through our tours in the Galapagos Islands like North Seymour and Isabela are places where you can observe this special bird. To observe these wonderful animals in the Galapagos Islands, book your next vacation to the Galapagos with our lodge. You can contact us at (593) – 44506016 / (593) – 998906400 or write an ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com .

A challenge: To help the tiny birds located in the Galapagos Islands

16Nov

The Charles Darwin Foundation is in charge of providing information on the population status of the species, in order to compare and anticipate the reduction of its population. The populations that have decreased the most are: the swallow (Progne modesta), the witch bird (Pyrocephalus nanus), and the Galápagos pigeon (Zenaida galapagoensis).

The plan proposed by the CDF is focused on 29 species of small terrestrial birds such as mockingbirds, finches, pigeons and flycatchers. Some were studied by the English Charles Darwin in the nineteenth century and were key pieces for his theory of evolution.

The vermillion robin (Pyrocephalus dubius) or also known as the witch bird is the only endemic bird in Ecuador that is considered extinct for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. These species of birds inhabited in San Cristóbal, one of the four populated islands of Galápagos.

In the 80´s, there were the last sightings of this species, but there is still a hope of finding them again, informed by the scientist David Anchundia who has been part of the Galapagos Landbird Monitoring Plan for the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) since 2014.

The disappearance of the witch bird, which is endemic to the Galapagos, has quickly occurred from the populated islands. In recent years, it was determined by several investigations, that both in the islands of San Cristóbal and Floreana, there are no track of the specimen.

This bird is insectivorous, which has generated an impact on the parasitic fly Philornis downsi, given that in its larval stage, it feeds on the blood of the young of the nest, producing weaknesses and in some cases death, Anchundia mentions.

This insect affects more than 20 species of land birds in Galapagos. “Several experiments to avoid damage to the colony of the witch bird, consists of injecting at the base of the nests, a minimum amount of insecticide. This method is having a positive effect for birds, since they have a higher percentage of reproductive success, “says Anchundia.

The complications of studying these species of small birds, usually occur when nests are in high territories with inaccessible sites. The Galápagos swallow is one of the most difficult specimens to observe, and its nests are mostly found on cliffs facing the sea. “In 2018 two accessible nests could be found, but when we checked them we found that the larva of the fly also affects this species,” he adds.

Another case is the Galapagos pigeon, which has had very little sighting on the islands of San Cristóbal and Floreana, but on Santa Cruz Island, they are still seen in the upper part. It was determined that this bird is commonly found on islands not inhabited by cats. “Since it is a docile bird, which makes it easy prey for wild cats on inhabited islands.”

Several threats haunt these species. Diseases, Rats, cats, change in food sources and reduction of forests for agriculture. “The most affected birds are the insectivores in the Galapagos Islands. Due to a research in recent years, the decrease in prey (insects) was determined, “he says.

The population is counted at the beginning of the breeding season (January and February) when the first rains are sighted and the birds begin with their songs. “In these times they are when they look for a couple to nest. Therefore, it is the best time to analyze the population, since our methodology focuses on capturing each of its songs. This procedure is carried out by moving to the field, listening and recording all the birds that sing at a specific point during five minutes “.

This procedure is repeated every 200 meters, but for this, it requires a sharp ear to differentiate the songs of each of the species. After carrying out the field work, we proceed with the tabulation of the information and through a computer program, we estimate the number of birds of each species for each sector.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is actively engaged in the conservation of bird species such as those found throughout the Galapagos Islands. If you want to enjoy bird watching on the islands, you can ask about our Galapagos tours in Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela Islands.

Do not hesitate to contact us at: (593) -998906400 / (593) – 44506016 or write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com. We will be happy to plan your vacation in the Galapagos Islands.

 

The Galapagos Islands were part of the Eighth Congress of Tourism Research in Latin America

16Nov

The Congress of Tourism Research in Latin America is held every 2 years in a different city in the region. It is also considered one of the most outstanding research events in the field of tourism. In its edition 2018, the Tourism Research Congress took place in Cancun, Mexico. Researchers from Latin America and the world were invited to this convention.

During the event, information was given to attendees on topics related to tourism of the Galapagos Islands. One of the topics was the use of new technologies that follow up the tourism in the islands. These tools have provided valuable information regarding the negative and positive effects of tourist activities at the Galapagos.

Another topic discussed at the conference was the “Divesat”. It is a tool used to observe diving activity, determine the characteristics of divers and establish the impacts that this activity has on marine ecosystems. All the information collected is a great help to the preservation of the Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve.

Casa Natura Galapagos believes that research will strengthen tourism activities in the Galapagos, creating less impact on nature and increasing positive experiences among visitors. Activities such as diving, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and bird are available, while touring in the Islands Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela that Casa Natura can offer you.

Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved vacation on the Enchanted Islands with Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge. Do not hesitate to contact us at: (593) 998906400 / (593) 44506016 or write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com . We will always be happy to plan your next vacation.

5 Reasons You Need to Visit the Galapagos Islands Right Now

25Oct

In search of the perfect vacation?

There’s no trip more magical than the Galapagos Islands. Each year more than 150 000 visit the Galapagos Islands

Adventure, beauty, science, nature, romance, and so much more make the Galapagos Islands the perfect place.

Create memories and experience on a once in a lifetime journey. Discover the beauty of the world and find yourself.

Check out the 5 biggest reasons you need to visit the Galapagos Islands right now.

 

Visit the Galapagos for Adventure

Whether you decide to go island hopping while you visit the Galapagos Islands or spend all your time in Santa Cruz or another hub you can find the adventure of a lifetime.

Explore naturally made lava caves, have fun sea kayaking or surfing the beautiful waters surrounding the Islands.

The perfect spot for scuba diving and snorkeling to experience and see things not available anywhere else.

 

Beauty

You can’t mention the Galapagos Islands without talking about the majestic beauty of the area. From turquoise seas to the gorgeous landscape and intriguing wildlife. The allure of it all is mesmerizing.

You’ll have the opportunity to see many plants not found anywhere else in the world.

You’ll be hard pressed to find more beautiful beaches than the ones available to lie on or walk along here.

Hike through the highlands of Santa Cruz or explore a tortoise or nature reserve to experience all the islands have to offer.

 

Science

Scientists from around the world travel here to view science and nature at it’s best. The Charles Darwin Research Station has been pivotal in scientific research since the early 1960s.

Access to so many rare and unique birds, fish, mammals, and plants gives incredible insight into the science and evolution of all life.

 

Wild and Marine Life

Over 20 percent of marine life found in and around the islands don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

A biodiverse hotspot that allows you to become one with an ecosystem unlike any other.

See unique and fascinating wildlife such as the fur seal, sea iguana, and Galapagos penguin or swim with 86 endemic species of fish including batfish, angelfish, barracudas and butterfly fish.

The magic isn’t just found on land or sea. Look to the skies and you might catch a glimpse of the blue-footed booby, a Galapagos flamingo or a Galapagos Albatross.

Whether you’re into tortoises, bugs, lizards, birds, sea lions or seals you’ll find them as you explore the Galapagos Islands.

 

Romance and Loving Memories

Surrounded by majestic beauty when you visit the Galapagos Islands, romance is in the air.

Stroll hand in hand along one of the many gorgeous beaches as the sun rises before a day filled with romantic meals, sailing, snorkeling, and swimming.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers everything you need to create romantic and loving memories. Take a relaxing dip in the new swimming pool or bike along the trails searching for giant Galapagos tortoises you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

 

Make Today a Once in a Lifetime Experience

Visit the Galapagos Islands today for a once in a lifetime experience you and your loved ones will remember forever.

Discover North Seymour Island

24Oct

North Seymour Island is located approximately 27 km away from Santa Cruz Island. It is a visit that you can´t miss while visiting the Galapagos Islands.

On North Seymour Island, the flora and fauna is very varied.

Among the most outstanding fauna is:

  • Marine iguana
  • Galapagos Hawk
  • Galapagos Sea Lion
  • Nazca Booby
  • Galapagos Fur Seal
  • Frigate birds

Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is an excellent choice for you! The best hotel in Galapagos gives you the opportunity to visit North Seymour through our tours in Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela. Enjoy this experience that you cannot miss in your itinerary. You can call us at 1-866-9786-514 / 593 -44506016 / 593 – 998906400 or write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will be happy to help you plan your next trip to the Galapagos Islands!

Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge celebrates the World Animal`s Day

12Oct

In 1929 at the Vienna Congress, the World Organization for the Protection of Animals stated October 4th as the World Animal Day. This day was established to be able to create awareness and take measures for the preservation especially of endangered species.

In the Galapagos Islands, there are around 9000 species. This number is in changing constantly due to the scientific discoveries and investigations that occur in the Enchanted Islands. Today, there are approximate 23 species in danger of extinction. Hotels, foundations, and various organizations carry out activities to preserve the species of the islands.

How does Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge help the local fauna? Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is committed to the conservation of animals and the environment by greatly reducing the use of non-degradable plastics. This measure helps to decrease the impact of this material on the ecosystem of the species in the Galapagos Islands.

Do you want to live the experience to get to know unique species of the World? 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 happy to always help you with your next vacation to the Galapagos Islands!

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge will be present at the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)

12Oct

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) was established in 1990. Today, it is recognized worldwide for its leadership and connection with different partners in the area of ​​adventure travel.

The association (ATTA) organizes every year a Adventure Travel World Summit that is focused on adventure travel where associated members can participate. The purpose of this fair is to establish connections between the different members so that in the future they can continue with commercial relationships internationally. This year, it will take place in Tuscany, Italy during the dates of October 15th to October 18th, 2018.

At ATTA, a variety of activities and conferences are held for attendees. One of the main ones is the Marketplace, a place where tour operators, travel agencies, bloggers, among other entities, will meet to exchange their commercial proposals where the main base is the adventure travel

For the first time, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, will be participating in this important event. During the show at the Marketplace, you can get to know us­. We are a small family run lodge surrounded by nature in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. To obtain more information about the Lodge and our tours at the Galapagos Islands, just contact us at 1-866-978-6514 / +593 – 44506016 or write an email to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com, we will be very happy to assist you on your next vacations to the Galapagos Islands. Do not forget to visit our stand at ATTA 2018!