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Galapagos Naturalist Guide Network for Conservation Monitoring in the top 5 of Latin America Green Awards

13Aug

Each year the Latin American Green Awards are held, which consist of determining the best socio-environmental projects in Latin America that align with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. A total of 500 projects made the short list in 10 different categories, with the participation of 38 countries in Latin America presenting a total of 2733 efforts

In the fauna category, the Galapagos Naturalist Guide Network for Conservation Monitoring reached 4th place. For this environmental project, the support and participation of more than 700 qualified naturalist guides in Galápagos was extremely important. They are in charge of supplying information digitally in real time to the Galapagos Park in order to inform what is happening in the 170 visitor sites of the Galapagos Islands.

The commitment of the Galapagos Naturalist Guides to the conservation of the islands is commendable. Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is committed to all environmental projects in favor of the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Our guides are key to the success of all the Galapagos tours or holidays we offer to our guests. If you are need a hotel in the Galapagos islands, please don’t hesitate to contact us ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or call us at +593 – 4-4506016 to book your next trip to this enchanted paradise!

Galapagos Islands: Facing Climate Change

13Aug

From August 7th to August 9th, 2018 a series of workshops are being held in Santa Cruz Island organized by the Ministry of Environment. The main objective of the workshops is to promote concrete actions to reduce the climate change impact on the Galapagos Islands.

The name chosen for this project has been “Galapagos Islands against climate change.” Around 50 experts are part of these workshops who have the mission to make a proposal that will focus on counteracting the effects of global warming on the Galapagos’ ecosystems. They will be in charge of establishing the current and future basic needs of the island to reduce the climate impact.

This event had been organized thanks to the joint collaboration of various government entities such as: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, World Wide Fund for Nature, Galapagos National Park and the United Nations.

 

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge actively supports proposals and initiatives that seek the environmental conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Our commitment is to protect the enchanted islands so that future generations can see this natural paradise. If you are planning to travel to the Galapagos or you want to organize your next holiday to the islands, contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or give us a phone call +593 – 4-4506016.

Four new agreements were signed to strengthen the protection of the Galapagos National Park

11Jul

On July 5, 2018, the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador announced the signing of four agreements between various institutions, in order to guarantee the conservation of the Galapagos National Park. The good news comes just as part of the celebration of the 59th anniversary of its creation as a National Park.
Jorge Carrión, Director of the Galapagos National Park, and Carlos Ortega, technical secretary of the Governing Council of Galápagos, signed an agreement that allows the use of 2.5 hectares of land for the installation of a decommissioning yard for Santa Cruz island.

In addition, the Charles Darwin Foundation signed, together with the Ministry of Environment, a document that guarantees inter-institutional cooperation in different areas for a period of five years.

On the other hand, the marine transport company “Islas Galápagos Turismo y Vapores” will carry out activities to control and eradicate introduced species, protect native and endemic species; and reforest 20 hectares of trees.

The latest agreement, signed with Ecology Project International, will make it easier for local and international students to support environmental education and conservation activities.

Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, as a Galapagos Hotel, is pleased to share this news with all its guests, and reaffirms its support for all activities that contribute to the conservation of species and natural areas on the islands. If you are thinking of visiting this magical archipelago soon, we can help you plan your trip! Just write us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask about our diving and land tour programs in Santa Cruz Island or our island hopping programs covering Isabela and San Cristobal islands. There are many activities that you can do from our hotel! We are waiting for you!

Scientists implement new strategy to save the Galápagos Mangrove Finch

11Jul

The mangrove finch that inhabits Isabela Island is an endangered species that is threatened by introduced invasive species such as rats, cats and, especially, the parasitic fly Philornis Downsi, which attacks the finch chicks.

Thanks to the efforts from a group of scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station and the San Diego Zoo (USA), the population of the Isabela Mangrove finch has increased its population by at least 50% over the last 4 years. The effort included collecting eggs from the nests and incubation in captivity. They then fed the chicks and then released 39 chicks into their natural habitat.

The new plan involves injecting permethrin (chrysanthemum-based insecticide) into the base of finch nests to kill parasitic fly larvae and reduce chick mortality. This component was already used with the nests of Darwin’s gray singing finch on Santa Cruz Island, obtaining favorable results. The aim is to reduce human intervention and for the mangrove finches to incubate and raise their own chicks, said Francesca Cunninghame, who since 2009 manages the Mangrove Finch Project.

This type of bird is the rarest of the thirteen finch varieties investigated by Darwin in the Galápagos in 1837. His study of the finches helped him elaborate his theory on natural selection and evolution of the species.

At Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, we like sharing the news of all the conservation projects that take place in the Galapagos Islands. It is very important for us to raise awareness among our guests about all the efforts that are made in order to maintain biodiversity and balance in this natural paradise. If you are looking for a Galapagos hotel that connects you directly with nature, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! Write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and book your stay and tours in the best Galapagos hotel!

Galapagos diving, the best aquatic experience!

05Jul

Visiting Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you decide to undertake an odyssey in this stunning paradise, you cannot miss seeing what’s under the water. Diving in Galapagos is one of the most amazing and wonderful aquatic activities that can be carried out in any sea or ocean in the world.

Galapagos is the second largest marine reserve in the world, where the cold water currents of the Antarctic and the warm waters of the tropics converge. Here, the mixtures of these waters create an ideal environment where cold and hot water species coexist. In the Galapagos Sea you can find a huge variety of animals such as penguins, dolphins, sea lions, tortoises, eels, marine iguanas, manta rays, sharks, an infinity of tropical fish and endemic species, unique in the world.

Galapagos has almost 30 dive sites, the most visited by tourists are the islands of Santa Fe, Floreana, North Seymour, Gordon Rocks, San Cristobal, Española, Isabela, Pinzon, Santiago and Marchena. Experienced divers prefer the northern islands such as Darwin and Wolf. The visibility of the waters of Galapagos is fantastic, perfect for diving. It has a range of 30 meters of visibility, although it is usually reduced to a range between 15 and 25 meters, the lowest when there is a green coloration in the water due to the increase in the population of algae and plankton.

Diving in Galapagos is considered medium to high difficulty, however, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers diving programs and tours for beginners, in places where you can practice and venture to appreciate one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, always by the hand of professionals specialized in diving, with high experience, which provide personalized attention to each of our passengers. If you are already a professional diver and have your certification, we have excellent diving options for you.

A diving tour is the perfect complement for your trip to Galapagos, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge has the best diving programs for you! We have certified instructors and boats fully equipped to live an incredible experience. In addition to diving and lodging in the Galapagos, we have many other activities and tours to offer. Write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask for our Unforgettable, Island hopping and diving packages. Very soon we will be in touch with you, in order to plan your upcoming adventure to the Galapagos together!

National Geographic and the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra come together to present the “Galapagos, Music for the Planet” festival

11Jun

The conductor of the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, Dante Anzolini, promotes the “Galapagos, Music for the Planet” festival. Photos: Archive / EL COMERCIO


The Culture House of Galápagos will present the First Annual Festival dedicated to environmental protection and musical art “Galapagos, Music for the Planet 2018”, which will have the participation of the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra and the National Geographic organization. The festival will take place in Puerto Ayora, from June 6th to 9th, 2018.
Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, as a Galapagos hotel, is ready to welcome all the people that will travel to the Enchanted Islands to enjoy this remarkable event.
Reputed American composer Philip Glass has confirmed attendance to the festival. Glass is a famous composer of contemporary academic music and music for films.
Glass will be in the audience when the Orchestra performs the soundtrack he wrote for ‘Jane’, a National Geographic documentary. The live performance will accompany the exhibition of the film.
Dante Anzolini, artistic director of the Guayaquil Symphony, indicated that the idea of ​​the festival came up when he visited Puerto Ayora in 2017. “The objective is to encourage conscious tourism in the paradise that is Galapagos, a way to combine art and music with an ecological conviction,” he said.
The Festival seeks to inspire and emphasize the importance of ecosystem conservation. The repertoire that the Orchestra will take to the Galapagos includes international classical music and music by Ecuadorian composers. All events will be free and open to the public. The initiative has the support of National Geographic, FOX Networks Group, the Government of Ecuador and other private organizations, including Galapagos hotels like Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge.

Get ready to enjoy the best of San Cristobal Island with Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge!

11May

San Cristobal is a charming island on the east of the Galapagos archipelago. Its capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno has a more serene atmosphere than the noisy and busy Puerto Ayora in the island of Santa Cruz. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is also the capital of the Galapagos Islands.

In recent years, several Galapagos hotels and Galapagos tour operators have contributed to the tourist development of San Cristobal Island. The options for tourists on this island are impressive: islets, rocky beaches that are the territory of sea lions, dive sites, unique species in the world and more. A paradise for adventurers and nature lovers.

A place you cannot miss in San Cristobal is Cerro Tijeretas. The tourist site takes its name after the frigate birds whose tail ends in the shape of scissors. It was one of the first places where the English biologist Charles Darwin landed. In this place there are three viewpoints from where you can see spectacular scenery and there is also a beach where it is possible to snorkel.

In the middle of the sea, northwest of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is Kicker Rock also known as the Sleeping Lion. The erosion of volcanic remains formed two rocks of approximately 148 m in height, named for its resemblance to a sleeping lion. Between the rocks an exceptional channel is formed for swimming, diving, snorkeling and observing species such as blue footed boobies, masked boobies, frigates, pelicans and sea lions. In the sea, you can see Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea tortoises, stingrays and many tropical fish. This is one of the most amazing places in Galapagos and also well known worldwide for its peculiar beauty.

A stay in San Cristobal is not complete if you do not visit the Interpretation Center. The center, created thanks to the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, in coordination with the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation, is of great importance for the scientific community. The Interpretation Center provides visitors with a journey through the history of the Galapagos Islands in the context of their geological origins, the human colonization and the conservation efforts that seek to protect them.

These and many other incredible places to visit are included in the Island Hopping programs offered by Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge! If you are thinking about traveling to the Galapagos soon and want to include San Cristobal Island in your visit, we can help you! Write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will contact you in order to plan this unforgettable experience together!

Campaign is announced to eliminate plastic from the Galapagos Islands

04May

Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is excited to share the news that on April 25th, the Government of Ecuador announced a campaign to make the Galapagos islands a plastic-free archipelago. This will be achieved with the progressive restriction of containers made of this material.

The news announced by Lorena Tapia, which is president of the Governing Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos. At a press conference, she said that the campaign is based on environmental and public health reasons, and that it will be based on current regulations that has not been applied rigorously.

The local and progressive restriction of the use of straws, bags, flexible foam and plastic bottles are part of the rules of the campaign, Tapia said, specifying that controls will be applied, especially in the commercial centers of the populated areas of the Galapagos.

The campaign will also be supported by private companies in the tourism sector such as Galapagos hotels, restaurants, tour operators and businesses by promoting the replacement of plastic bottles for glass containers.

Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, as a Galapagos hotel committed to the environmental conservation of the islands, will be actively involved in this project, encouraging its guests to reduce the use of plastics, in order to contribute to the care and preservation of this World Heritage Site.

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.

Documents and fees required to enter the Galapagos Islands

13Apr

 

The Galapagos Islands are a paradise on Earth, admired for their incomparable beauty and diversity of species. Due to the scientific and environmental relevance of the islands, it is necessary to comply with certain requirements to be able to enter. These measures, which have been taken by the different institutions responsible for the management and administration of the archipelago, are indispensable to maintain all conservation programs and to control the tourist impact in the area.

As well as finding a Galapagos hotel or booking tours and excursions, it is very important to check in advance what are the documents and fees to pay, in order to enter the islands without problems.

To enter the Galapagos you need the passport that you used to enter Ecuador. All Latin American countries (except Cuba), as well as the European Union and the United States do not need any tourist visa. The maximum stay allowed in the country is 90 days.

When you are going to take a plane from Quito or Guayaquil you must pay in advance at the airport the Galapagos traffic control fee that has a cost of 20 USD at the INGALA stand (Instituto Nacional Galápagos), so, it is recommended to be at the airport 2 to 3 hours before the flight. This rate is the same for nationals and foreigners and the document is valid for 3 months.

Once the flight is landed on the islands, you must pay the entrance to the Galapagos National Park, which has a cost of 100 USD for foreign tourists not resident in Ecuador, 50 USD for foreign tourists from the countries belonging to the Andean Community of Nations or Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru) and 6 USD for nationals or foreign tourists residing in Ecuador.

It is important to keep both documents until the Galapagos stay concludes and have them available as they may be required during the trip.

We hope this information has helped you plan your next adventure in this amazing place. Remember that if you are looking for a Galapagos hotel, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! If you need advice to prepare your documents and organize your Galapagos tours, do not hesitate to contact us. Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will be happy to answer all your requests.