Blog posts about IE's Galapagos tours, as well as news and ecotourism.
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.
It's been well-documented that invasive species are threatening the Galapagos Islands' native flora and fauna, with alien or exotic species making up as much as 23% of the archipelago's insect fauna. One of these insect invaders, the sap-sucking cottony cushion scale, is being brought under control by the lady bug beetle.
"'Populations of cottony cushion scale in 2002 were so high and spread across so many islands that several endemic and native plant populations were thought to be going into decline because of heavy infestations,' said Hoddle, a biocontrol specialist.
If you're flying the friendly skies during the month of April, flip to page 70 and read the feature, "Islands Apart." In this entertaining and succinctly narrated article, Sky Executive Editor Sarah Elbert details her Galapagos Islands adventure cruise aboard International Expeditions' M/V Evolution from her trip in
International Expeditions was thrilled to welcome World Wide Will from MedjetAssist on a recent Galapagos cruise aboard the Evolution. Now Will shares his adventure!
Big adventure; big fun; big value — it's all part of our small-ship journey to the Galapagos Islands! Register for our free presentation, and discover why our privileged access to Genovesa (Tower) Island and intimate ship, the 32-guest Evolution, are just two of many highlights on this 10-day voyage to Darwin's "Enchanted Isles."