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3 activities that you can´t miss during your visit to the Galapagos Islands

06May

The Galapagos Islands, also known as the Enchanted Islands, are a worldwide destination known for their natural beauty and also it is home of unique species that you won´t find anywhere else. There are a variety of activities to do in the Galapagos Islands and we will detail 3 of the most outstanding:

  1. Visit to the giant tortoises: The giant tortoises are one of the longest living species in the Galapagos Islands. To visit them you can find them in breeding centers or at the Charles Darwin Research Station. During your visit, you can learn about their lifestyle, their development and reproduction.
  2. Daily tour to the North Seymour Islands, Santa Fe, Bartolome or Plazas: It lasts one day and is ideal to do it together with your family or friends. These boats have a capacity of up to 16 people in shared occupancy. This tour will allow you to meet a variety of species such as: blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions and penguins.
  3. Diving in the Galapagos Islands: This marine adventure is essential during your visit to the Galapagos Islands. Beginners and diving professionals will enjoy this activity. Diving will allow you to interact with the marine fauna of the Galapagos Islands.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge gives you the opportunity to be part of these activities through the Galapagos tours. We can assist you to plan your next vacations in the Enchanted Islands. Contact us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com or call us at the phone numbers: (593) 2 600-5011 – (+593) 995221019.

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.

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.

 

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!

New private health insurance and hotel reservation will be required to enter the Galapagos, starting in November 2018

22Aug

Since November of this year, national and foreign tourists traveling to the Enchanted Islands, must have a private health insurance authorized by the Galapagos Government Council. Passengers will also be required to present Galapagos hotel or cruise boat reservations in order to enter the islands.

The request of the health insurance is a measure that was intended to be applied months ago. Finally, it was endorsed by the Galápagos Government Council and will apply to all foreign tourists entering the Archipelago.

Passengers will be required to present a reservation at a Galapagos hotel or cruise boat for the days in which the tourist will spend the night in the islands. Otherwise, they will have to present a letter of invitation from a local resident of the islands.

The new health insurance required, whose value has not yet been reported, will be sold by a group of firms endorsed by the authorities and their names will be made public at the end of August, 2018

Remember that we can answer all your questions about the health insurance and other requirements to enter the Galapagos Islands. Write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and book your Galapagos adventure with our hotel! Do not forget to ask about our tours in Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal Islands as well as our Galapagos diving tours. Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is your best option to enjoy the Galapagos!

 

El Garrapatero, a real Paradise!

29Nov

On Santa Cruz Island there is a place that can’t be compared. El Garrapatero is a beautiful beach with crystal clear water, white sand and subtle waves that in combination with the Galapagos sky, provides a spectacular landscape. This paradise receives those who seek to spend a quiet day in contact with nature.

This beach stays warm most of the year, especially from January to May. In it we can appreciate unique species such as the Galápagos finches, black-necked ducks, flamingos and a lot more!

In addition to its extensive beach of more than 1500 meters, El Garrapatero has a natural lagoon, home of flamingos and ducks. We can also find an amazing forest with manzanillo and eucalyptus trees.

If you think that visiting El Garrapatero it’s mandatory on your trip to the Galapagos, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is an excellent option for you! Our hotel is only 10 minutes from this beach and very close to other incredible places. You can write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will gladly help you plan your trip!

The first hammerhead shark breeding site in Galapagos is discovered

10Jan

Technicians from the Galapagos National Park identified for the first time a hammerhead shark breeding site. The discovery occurred during a follow-up mission in areas frequented by juvenile sharks. This mission began in 2009.

The breeding areas are places where adult sharks come to have their young, and these remain in place until they develop. This discovery is very important for the Galapagos and the region, because there are very few sites detected as hammerhead shark breeding areas in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

This specise is highly susceptible to overfishing and is currently on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in the category of danger of extinction, due to its slow growth and low reproductive capacity.

The observation of hammerhead sharks is an activity that is carried out very frequently in the diving tours to Galapagos and that attracts thousands of tourists to the islands. Tourism agents and hotels in Galapagos, including Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, are aware of the importance of caring for and respecting the habitat of this emblematic species of the archipelago.