Nature

Ecolodge, your best option when visiting the Galapagos Islands!

15Nov

When planning holidays, one of the first things we think about is where we will stay during our trip. Finding the perfect hotel which complements our visit to a new destination may not be so simple. There are alternatives for all kinds of preferences, but if you are going to visit the Galapagos Islands, staying at an ecolodge is, without a doubt, the best option.

The Galapagos Islands are worldwide famous for hosting the most magnificent natural landscapes and being home to unique species. Can you imagine being part of this environment? Live directly with nature? You can only experience this if you stay in an ecolodge. In this type of accommodation, comfort is very important, but also benefit the environment and the local community.

An ecolodge has a positive environmental impact in contrast to conventional hotels. For example, at Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, we offer organic products, harvested in our own backyard! We also recycle and encourage our guests to reduce energy consumption.

Do you want to live this experience and contribute to the environmental and social development of the Galapagos Islands? Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! You can write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will gladly help you plan your trip.

5 facts you didn’t know about the Galapagos Islands!

06Oct

The Galapagos Islands are known worldwide for their biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution. We present 5 curious facts you may not have known about the Enchanted Islands.

  • The term “Enchanted Islands” first appeared on a map in 1589. The navigators nicknamed like this the Galapagos Islands, referring to the fact that these “appeared and disappeared”, because due the strong sea currents, access to islands was limited at certain times of the year. Today it is still said that the Islands are “enchanted”, but now referring to its great biodiversity of flora and fauna.
  • The marine iguana of the Galapagos, is the only reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life underwater.
  • The islands are named after the giant tortoises that live there (the word “galapago” means tortoise). This species can sleep up to 16 hours a day and feeds mainly on the cactus that grow there.
  • Originally, there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are totally extinct. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunt them to obtain their meat and oil.
  • The Galapagos Islands were part of the Second World War! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the Government of the United States to build in the Islands a landing strip for strategic purposes. When the war ended, the Americans left. Currently, this track acts as the main airport of the Islands, which receives thousands of passengers per year.

Do you want to visit the Galapagos Islands and check this facts by yourself? Are you looking for a hotel in Galapagos? You can write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and we will be happy to help you plan your trip!

 

Yellow alert is declared in the surroundings of Sierra Negra volcano

17Jan

The Galapagos National Park reported through a statement the yellow alert declaration in the surroundings of the Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island.

According to the statement, access to certain areas of Isabela Island, such as Chico volcano and Amarradero de Caballos, will be restricted from Wednesday, January 17, 2018. While the declaration is maintained, visitors or specialized guides will not be able to access to these areas.

This measure was taken by the Secretariat of Risk Management, because the volcano registered in recent weeks a clear increase in its activity characterized by increased seismic activity and continuous lifting of its floor.

This decision seeks to guarantee the safety of the people who come to the archipelago. Temporarily, only the visit to the areas Mirador 1, Mirador 2 and the circuit that joins the two viewpoints in the Sierra Negra volcano, will be allowed. The other tours and activities on Isabela Island are developing normally. Visitors can enjoy many of the wonders of this paradise without risk.

Going to Isabela Island is a must on your Galapagos tour! Casa Natura like many other Galapagos hotels can include a visit to this island in any of our Island Hopping programs. If you want to schedule tours to Isabela Island and many other incredible places in the Galápagos Islands, you can write us to

 

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.

Atlantic Productions presented documentary about the Galapagos Islands

13Dec

At the end of November the British documentary Mission Galapagos premiered in Quito. The documentary was in charge of the award-winning producer Anthony Geffen. The presentation was attended by President Lenin Moreno with his wife and also the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ecuador, Katherine Ward.

The essence of this production is to show the natural environment of the islands. It also focuses on the natural problems that currently affect the archipelago and its species. The documentary, divided in 3 episodes, will be distributed globally by BBC Worldwide.

Through aerial, terrestrial and marine exploration, this work shows, with amazing image quality, the most hidden corners of this natural paradise of the world. It is hoped that this documentary will contribute to the growth of tourism in Galapagos, and generate awareness among its visitors towards using eco-friendly boats and hotels like Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge.

Thank you so much for joining us throughout this year. On behalf of everyone who makes Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, we wish you happy holidays, full of unity, peace and love.
Happy New Year!

The Galapagos Islands, the ideal place to celebrate the year of the bird!

26Feb

The National Geographic Society declared 2018 as the year of the birds, commemorating 100 years of the creation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed.

To remember the centenary of this event, the most important nature destinations in the world come together to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and are committed to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Many Galapagos hotels, including Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, invite nature lovers to discover and fall in love with the unique bird species that exist in the archipelago.

The importance of birds in the environment is vital, without them the large chains that make ecosystems work would not be produced, that is why the authorities of the Islands, together with tour operators such as Galapagos hotels, naturalist guides, among others, they work hard to raise awareness among visitors about the relevance of these species and why it is so important to protect them.

A total of 140 species of birds have been recorded in Galapagos: 58 residents, 76 migratory, and 6 introduced. About 50% of the resident birds are endemic to the Islands, this means, they are unique in the world. Some of the most relevant species are:

The Galapagos penguin: This species lives more to the north than any other penguin species, it only nests in the Galapagos Islands, on the line of the Equator, being therefore the only penguin that is distributed in the northern hemisphere.

The cormorant of Galapagos: This is an example of the unusual fauna that inhabits these islands because it is the only cormorant that has lost the ability to fly.

The Galápagos Busardo: This bird is another species within the interesting list of endemics of Galapagos. It is not known with certainty where it comes from or when its ancestors came to the islands. It feeds on marine iguanas, snakes, fish and giant tortoise eggs.

Darwin’s finches: These birds are endemic to the Galapagos Islands, on the island of Santa Cruz. Its natural habitat is tropical or subtropical jungles. They are also world-famous for inspiring Charles Darwin’s evaluation theory.

These are just some examples of the different species that can be seen when visiting the Galapagos Islands. Species that stand out not only for their beauty and uniqueness, but also for their importance to the scientific community.

Come to Galapagos in 2018 and celebrate the year of the birds with us! If you are looking for Galapagos hotels or Galapagos tours, you can write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask about any of our programs or day trips to the most beautiful places on the islands for bird watching. For us it will be a pleasure to be part of this unforgettable adventure!

3 places you can’t miss during your visit to Santa Cruz Island!

25Jan

Santa Cruz is the most populated island of the archipelago. For this reason it has the largest number of Galapagos hotels, restaurants and shops. It also serves as a starting point for the most important tours in the Galapagos Islands. To get to this island, you must take a flight from Quito or Guayaquil to the airport on Baltra Island. At the exit of the airport you must take a bus that will take you to the Itabaca channel, then a ferry that will take you through the channel that connects both islands.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge offers transfer and assistance from the airport to the hotel. Our guests have the option to request this service and be accompanied during this journey.

Once on Santa Cruz Island, these are the places you can’t miss:

Charles Darwin Research Station:

It was created in 1964 and is operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. It has a natural history interpretation center and executes educational tasks supporting the service of the Galapagos National Park. It is famous for the captive breeding of giant tortoises, called Galapagos. This station is also the center of operations of foreign scientists who come to the islands to deal with special research programs.

Here you can learn about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the expeditions he made and the species he studied to develop his theory.

Definitely you cannot leave the Galapagos Islands without knowing the importance of this place for the scientific community worldwide, and the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the conservation of species. For this reason, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge includes a guided tour of Charles Darwin Station in all its Unforgettable Galapagos, Island Hopping and diving programs.

Tortuga Bay:

The beach receives this name, because it is a nesting site for turtles in the Galapagos Islands. In this place, tourists can enjoy the white sand and there is a probability of observing species such as: marine iguanas, seagulls, crabs, among others. Even with luck you can get to see blue-footed boobies. Tortuga Bay occupies the tenth place in the top of the best beaches in the world by Trip Advisor.

Casa Natura Galapagos lodge offers excursions to Tortuga Bay in the company of a naturalist guide. If you prefer, you can also explore this paradisiacal beach on your own and we will take you there and return you to the hotel after an unforgettable day.

El Garrapatero:

El Garrapatero beach is a paradise away from the stress and noise of the city. It is the best option in Santa Cruz to disconnect from everyday life and relax in contact with nature. Behind the beach there is a lagoon where you can find flamingos, black-necked ducks, Galapagos finches and migratory birds. If you are an adventure lover, you will love knowing that you can reach the beach by bicycle and practice kayaking and snorkeling there.

Our hotel is very close to this beach! Do not forget to include this destination in your visit to Santa Cruz Island and we will gladly take you to meet this place.

If you liked these places and wish to include them in your next adventure to Santa Cruz Island, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the best option for you! If you are looking for Galapagos hotels or Galapagos tours, you can write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask about any of our programs or one day excursions to the most beautiful places in the islands. For us, it is a pleasure to be part of your experience!

GALAPAGOS TRAVEL TIPS

22Sep

CLOTHING

In the highlands region, it is best to dress in layers since temperatures vary, beginning and ending the day quite cool but becoming warm in the midday sun. Wear a sweater over a light shirt and T-shirt, and carry a light, preferably water resistant jacket and umbrella, especially during the rainy season.

In the tropical climates, light cotton clothing is recommended. Bring along a sweater or light jacket since it can cool off in the evenings. In the jungle regions, long-sleeved shirts and long cotton pants, as well as a good pair of walking shoes, are recommended.

PASSPORT AND VISAS

All visitors to Ecuador must have a passport valid for at least six months.Upon entry, all visitors are required to complete a brief international embarkation/ disembarkation card, which is stamped along with your passport. Keep this card in your passport, as it will be required when leaving the country.

ABOUT GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

22Sep

 

Located 600 miles west of Continental Ecuador and on the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are perhaps the most precious treasure humankind has in terms of ecological, wildlife and evolutionary studies.   This claim is validated by UNESCO’s declaration of the isles as “World Natural Heritage” and by other scientific studies.