Social & Environmental Responsibility
For over two decades, Ecoventura has shared the enchantment of the Galapagos Islands, our planets most precious and unique ecosystem, with thousands of travelers and enriched lives with an extraordinary profusion of exotic and often endemic flora and fauna. As a family-owned expedition cruise company, They are committed to providing their valued guests an authentic experience in small compatible groups, offering good value, as well as a safe and memorable, mind-expanding voyage.
As both owner and operator based in Ecuador, they have full control over the consistent high quality level they provide on their fleet of four expedition vessels; (3) identical superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts, Eric, Flamingo & Letty and the 16-passenger luxury dive live-aboard, Galapagos Sky, all custom built in Ecuador for cruising the Galapagos Islands.
Ecoventura was born out of a desire to offer small groups the most inspiring wildlife experience possible in the Galapagos while offering hands-on exploration of nature with enough varied activities sure to leave a lasting impression in each guest’s life; hiking through trails of volcanic formations or nesting sea birds, on a secluded beach with hundreds of sea lions, snorkeling with penguins and sharks, kayaking in a secluded cove or taking a zodiac ride to explore the shoreline and spot wildlife.
They understand that ecosystems are fragile, yet important, environments. With profound respect and admiration, they gain a renewed spirit about how amazing nature can be on every journey. And they know first-hand the impact their adventures have on sustaining local communities. In 2000, Ecoventura volunteered to be the first company to be certified as Smart Voyager, an ecological program developed by The Rainforest Alliance. It was a commitment to make costly improvements such as desalinating units and four stroke outboards at a time when tourism numbers were lower. In 2006, the company partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to create the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund and has since raised over $300,000 for marine conservation and environmental education for local children. Carbon emissions were lowered through carbon offsetting and installation of alternative energy sources. In 2012, Ecoventura partnered with Ecology Project International to provide local teens with a field course in conservation.
Ecoventura continues to lead the way and hopefully inspring others toward a more sustainable operation.
If you are seeking an active trip for women in the Galapagos and love to participate in a variety of activities when you travel, and enjoy the company of other like-minded women during your vacation, then look no further. Their designated departure for women only aboard the 20-passenger Ecoventura yacht, Flamingo or Letty the week of October 18-25 2015 will appeal women seeking a girlfriends get-away or mother/daughter vacation. This trip will be led by their female naturalist guides.
Darwin’s enchanted isles are one of our planets most precious and unique ecosystems, home to an extraordinary profusion of exotic flora and fauna. The Islands retain a staggering 95% of their endemic species, a feat unparalleled on any other archipelago in the world. In 1959, a hundred years after the publication of The Origin of Species, Ecuador declared 97% of the Islands landmass a national park and in 2001, the marine reserve was established. Keeping Galapagos biologically pristine has been and continues to be, a constant and hard-waged battle. As a result in 2007, three decades after being designated the first World Heritage Site, UNESCO declared Galapagos as a World Heritage Site at risk, citing introduction of alien species, illegal fishing, unsustainable tourism, illegal migration and population growth. Galapagos was later removed from the list in 2010, but many conservationists feel this was done pre-maturely as the Islands still remain very much at risk.