Blog posts about IE's Galapagos tours, as well as news and ecotourism.
Anyone who has traveled with International Expeditions will tell you that our guides absolutely make their journey! We're thrilled to help you get to know Galapagos Islands guide and naturalist Cristina Rivadeneira.
1. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A dolphin. I would be able to be in my favorite environment, the ocean, and enjoy its freedom.
IE was fortunate to welcome guest Kathryn Lamb and her father, both from London, aboard our Galapagos cruise. Kathryn was good enough to share her daily diary and photos from their Galapagos vacation.
Catch up with the rest of Kathryn’s Trip Diary:
One of our past guests and loyal travelers, Bob Safay, has been generous enough to share this video of his Galapagos photo expedition. A native of Atlanta, GA, Bob is a passionate traveler, as well as a skillful nature photographer and videographer. Bob and his wife, Nancy, have been on five trips with IE, including several pre- and post-trip extensions.
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instititute have used genetic testing to determine that the frigatebirds in the Galapagos Islands have been genetically different from frigatebirds found elsewhere for more than half a million years. This has prompted calls for increased protection and a new conservation status for the approximately 2,000 frigatebirds that nesting the Galapagos.
Ecuador signed a recent deal with the United Nations not to exploit its oil-rich Amazon reserves. This deal sets up a trust fund by wealthy countries that will be worth half the expected earnings from the potential sale of oil. This should help to protect some 675 sq miles of the Amazon. This is an area that is home to indigenous tribes, thousands of species of trees and, of course, nearly 1 billion barrels of crude oil.
Thanks to 11-year-old Sarah (pictured below with brother, Eli) for sending in praise for her family Galapagos Islands cruise. We're happy to have shared the experience with such a young lover of wildlife!
Galapagos Islands cruise guests always love meeting famous "Lonesome George" at the Charles Darwin Research Station. The giant tortoise, the last of his subspecies, is a native of Pinta Island, where the Galapagos National Park officials have just released 39 giant tortoises.
Guests who take our Galapagos Islands cruises first fly to Guayaquil (pronounced "why-a-keel"), Ecuador, where our Galapagos tour begins. We always stay at Hotel Oro Verde, where there are four restaurants, but for those who want to explore Guayaquil's dining spots, there are plenty to be found. Here is a local-favorite Guayaquil restaurant list recommended by our knowledgeable Expedition Leader.