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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!

Third litter of giant tortoises born in Galapagos!

07Mar

In the first days of February the third litter of “Chelonoidis donfaustoi” was born. This is a new species of giant tortoises identified in 2015 after several years of genetic analysis.

For a long time, the scientific community thought that giant tortoise populations from east of the island of Santa Cruz were the same species as the western tortoises. But after careful analysis and genetic research it was determined that they actually belonged to a different species. The situation was critical considering there were not many individuals left from the east part of the island.

From this new discovery, the Galapagos National Park has developed programs for its conservation. With this new litter, 120 specimens are added. For the tortoises to be released in their natural environment, their shells must measure between 23 and 25 centimeters. However, to ensure the survival of these reptiles, they must spend their childhood in captivity, until about 5 years old. Once they grow up, the specimens are going to be returned to the same place where the nests were found.

Tour operators and Galapagos hotels, including Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, are very committed to the conservation of these magnificent animals, so they invite all visitors to the islands to become aware of the importance of these species. Tortoises are engineers of their ecosystem. With their movements, giant tortoises craft the environment that surrounds them, opening paths so that other species can thrive and also collaborate dispersing seeds.

Get ready to live a unique experience and contribute to the conservation of species in the Galapagos Islands! If you are looking for Galapagos hotels and don’t want to miss seeing the famous giant tortoises, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the perfect place for you! Write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will help you plan your tours to the Galapagos Islands.

 

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers new destination in Galapagos

04May

In an effort to provide more travel options in the Galapagos for its guests, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge expands to include San Cristobal island in its Island Hopping packages. Visiting 2 of the most amazing islands in the Galapagos (Santa Cruz and San Cristobal) on the same trip is now possible.

San Cristobal is located in the east side of the archipelago. It is one of the oldest islands in Galapagos. It is the province’s capital and its political center. It’s most populated centers are the main town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the parish El Progreso. It has several touristic places that possess great deal of beauty. Its fauna is characterized by the great number of sea lions that are present in the urban area.

Get ready to enjoy incredible places like Kicker rock, Tijeretas, Playa Mann and many others, in our Island Hopping programs that include accommodation, transfers, activities, guidance by naturalist guides and meals specified on the itineraries.

If you are looking for Galapagos hotels and Galapagos tours that include San Cristobal Island, planning your trip with Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is definitely the best option to discover all the wonders of the Galapagos! Write us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will be happy to help you plan your next adventure in the Galapagos Islands.

Kayaking in Galapagos, an adventure alternative to discover the islands

20Mar

Getting to know Galapagos on board a kayak is an interesting activity that this wonderful archipelago has to offer to its visitors who love adventure. The experience that the enchanted islands offer is incomparable, because of the diversity of species that can be observed.

On these islands it is possible to sail with groups of blue footed boobies and observe sea lions resting on the rocky beaches, inlets and especially their journey around the Pacific and its lush mangrove bays. The archipelago has areas inaccessible from land and for larger boats, which can only be accessed by kayak, allowing visitors to discover and admire the landscapes from a different point.

This activity also allows to explore the geological origins of the island and the fascinating natural history of this place, unique on the planet. It is not necessary to be an athlete to enjoy this adventure. The techniques for mastering the palette are relatively simple and easy to learn.

Certain Galapagos hotels offer this activity and Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is one of them. Our hotel recommends kayaking on the fabulous El Garrapatero beach, in the vicinity of our property. The favorable weather of this beach, its crystal-clear waters, white sand and subtle waves make it the ideal place to try this entertainment activity.

Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge offers you this and many more activities in its tours, so you can experience the Galapagos Islands in a unique and unforgettable way! If you want to include a day of kayaking on your Galapagos tour you can write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will gladly help you plan your next adventure in the enchanted islands.