Adherence to International Ecotourism Standards

The standard for worldwide ecotourism has been set by The International Ecotourism Society which defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.”  Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in, and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Produce direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.

We adhere to the Society’s principles by:

  • Using our knowledge of Galapagos to build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Providing a positive and supportive experience from the moment that a potential guest first contacts the hotel until the moment that we drop them at the airport.
  • Creating an environment of comfortable rooms and common areas that reflect the designs and heritage of our local culture.
  • Supporting and furthering a model of hotel-based tourism that provides financial benefits locally.
  • Arranging day trips on land and sea for our guests that provide memorable interpretive experiences and help raise sensitivity to our specific and unique environmental situation.
  • Building our hotel with local materials and designing the hotel to have minimal environmental impact.
  • Offering a natural setting that has been carefully preserved and is populated by local endemic and indigenous flora.
  • Using locally harvested and sustainable and/or recyclable materials for our infrastructure and buildings.
  • Purchasing food from local purveyors or growing our own.
  • Obtaining our goods and services from local personnel and entities.
  • Using only environmentally sustainable energy, water and waste systems.
  • Presenting our guests with opportunities for interaction with local owners, managers, staff and our own Galapaguaño family.

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