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Sustainability

Our philosophy of sustainability

We love Galapagos' pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife. Pioneering sustainable tourism is part of our DNA, and the following explains how we are doing our bit for greener travel.

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Your trip's CO2 footprint: 100% offset

Did you know that the travel sector is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions? At Galapatours we are proud to be the first Galápagos cruise agency to offset all CO2 emissions (also known as the "carbon footprint") caused by our trips. We offer this service for free on all Galápagos cruises booked from February 2019. The amount of CO2 for each trip will vary, depending on the cruise length, the ship type and on whether flights were included in our offer or not. Typically, a five-day cruise including flights from the mainland to Galápagos and back will emit around 2.2 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To offset our carbon emissions we have partnered with the German company Arktik to invest in a Gold-Standard certified renewable energy project, the Santa Marta Landfill Gas Capture Project in southern Santiago de Chile. Here, leaking methane (a greenhouse gas that’s more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide!), and biogas are being captured from the waste to generate clean electricity. Around 348,000 tonnes of CO2 are saved each year this way, and it’s a real win-win for everyone involved. We also love the fact that this project is also improving the immediate environment, land and water quality for the 1.2 million people who live within its catchment area.


Trip nameTrip lengthTrip Tonnes
Adventure Route82.08
Adventure Route41.04
Adventure Route51.3
Baltra to San Cristóbal Cruise82.08
Beyond Darwin's Footsteps82.08
Big Galápagos Cruise153.9000000000000004
Big loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Big Loop of the Galápagos82.08
Center & West Galápagos Cruise41.3
Center, East & Genovesa82.08
Center & East (Quito to Quito)102.6
Center & Española Galápagos 41.04
Center, Floreana & Fernandina71.82
Center & Floreana Galápagos 41.04
Center & Floreana Galápagos 41.04
Center, Genovesa and West102.6
Center, Genovesa, East41.04
Center, Genovesa, Santiago51.3
Center, Genovesa, Santiago153.9000000000000004
Center, Genovesa, Santiago102.6
Center & North Galápagos Cruise51.3
Center, San Cristobal & Genovesa41.04
Center & Santiago 51.3
Center, Santiago & Floreana82.08
Center & Southeast Galápagos 51.3
Center & Southeast Galápagos 82.08
Center, Southeast & Genovesa102.6
Central and Eastern Galápagos82.08
Central, South and East Galápagos52.6
Central, Eastern, Southern Galápagos82.08
Central, Eastern & Southern Islands Cruise82.6
Central, Eastern, Southern & Northern Islands111.82
Central & East Galápagos102.6
Central, East & South Galápagos102.6
Central Galápagos41.04
Central Galápagos51.3
Central Galápagos (1 night in Hotel)51.3
Central Galápagos Cruise51.3
Central Galápagos Cruise71.82
Central Galápagos Cruise51.3
Central Galápagos Cruise41.04
Central Galápagos Cruise71.82
Central Galápagos Cruise51.3
Central Galápagos Cruise41.04
Central Galápagos & Genovesa51.3
Central Galápagos & Genovesa82.08
Central Galápagos & San Cristobal51.3
Central & Genovesa51.3
Central & Genovesa 41.04
Center & Floreana Galápagos 41.04
Central, North & East Galápagos82.08
Central & North Galápagos41.04
Central & North Galápagos41.04
Central North Galápagos41.04
Central, North & Western Galápagos82.08
Central & Northwest Galápagos102.6
Central & Northwest Galápagos82.08
Central, N, W & E Galápagos112.8600000000000003
Central & San Cristóbal51.3
Central & Southeast82.08
Central, South & East Galápagos102.6
Central & Southern Galápagos92.34
Central & Southern Galápagos61.56
Central & Western Galápagos82.08
Central West Galápagos51.3
Central West Galápagos82.08
Classic Galápagos: Center & East82.08
Classic Galápagos: Centrer & South82.08
Classic Galápagos: South82.08
Classic Galápagos: South & Easte82.08
Complete Galápagos Cruise174.42
Complete Galápagos Cruise174.42
Complete Galápagos Cruise82.08
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Complete Loop of the Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Discovery Route71.82
Discovery Route41.04
Discovery Route51.3
Diving in Darwin & Wolf82.08
East, Center & Genovesa51.3
East & Central Galápagos51.3
East, Central & West Galápagos102.6
Eastern & Central Galápagos41.04
Eastern Galápagos Cruise51.3
Eastern Galápagos Cruise71.82
Eastern Galápagos Cruise51.3
Eastern Galápagos Cruise41.04
Eastern Galápagos Cruise82.08
Eastern Galápagos Cruise41.04
Eastern Galápagos Cruise51.3
Eastern Galápagos Cruise41.04
Eastern Galápagos Cruise82.08
Eastern, Southern, Central & North112.8600000000000003
Eastern, Southern, Central & North112.8600000000000003
Eastern & Southern Galápagos82.08
Eastern & Southern Galápagos82.08
East Galápagos Cruise82.08
East Galápagos Cruise41.04
East, Genovesa & Bartolome71.82
East & Northwest Galápagos82.08
East, Northwest & Southeast112.8600000000000003
East to West Galápagos51.3
East to West Galápagos112.8600000000000003
East & West Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Española-Route51.3
Fernandina Route61.56
Fernandina Route82.08
Fernandina Route61.56
Fernandina Route82.08
Fernandina, San Cristobal & SE112.8600000000000003
Floreana & Española41.04
Following in Darwin's Footsteps82.08
Footsteps back in time82.08
From East to North Galápagos82.08
From East to West Galápagos82.08
From East to West Galápagos82.08
From NW to SE Galápagos112.8600000000000003
Full Galápagos Loop153.9000000000000004
Full Galápagos Loop153.9000000000000004
Galápagos Diving Cruise152.08
Full Loop NW+SE153.9000000000000004
Full Loop NW+SE153.9000000000000004
Full Loop of Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Loop of Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Loop of Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Loop of Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Loop of Galápagos92.34
Full Loop of Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Loop of Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Loop of Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Loop SE+NW153.9000000000000004
Full Loop SE+NW153.9000000000000004
Full Tour: East & West Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Full Tour: West & East Galápagos153.9000000000000004
Galápagos Adventure (Northern)51.3
Galápagos at a Glance (Southern)41.04
Galápagos Discovery Route82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise112.8600000000000003
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving Cruise82.08
Galápagos Diving (extended)112.8600000000000003
Galápagos Encounter (Central)41.04
Galápagos Encounter (Southern)41.04
Galápagos Explorer: Central51.3
Galápagos Explorer: Southern51.3
Galápagos Voyager (Central)123.12
Genovesa & Center Galápagos 51.3
Genovesa, Center & San Cristóbal82.08
Genovesa, Center & San Cristóbal51.3
Genovesa, Española & Center82.08
Genovesa & Floreana Galápagos 61.56
Genovesa Route61.56
Genovesa Route41.04
Genovesa Route82.08
Genovesa Route61.56
Genovesa Route82.08
Genovesa & Santiago41.04
Genovesa & Santiago41.04
Genovesa & Santiago41.04
Genovesa, SE & NW123.12
Genovesa & Southeast51.3
Genovesa & South East81.86
Genovesa & South East81.86
Genovesa & Southeast Galápagos 82.08
Genovesa & Southeast Galápagos 51.3
Genovesa & Southeast Galápagos 82.08
Genovesa & Southeast Galápagos 82.08
Genovesa & Southeast Galápagos 82.08
Genovesa & Southeast Galápagos 82.08
Genovesa, Southeast & Northwest123.12
Genovesa, Southeast & Northwest153.9000000000000004
Genovesa & West Galápagos Cruise82.08
Genvoesa & Southeast82.08
Grand Galápagos Cruise153.9000000000000004
Inner Galápagos Loop82.08
In the steps of Pirates and Darwin82.08
Isabela & Fernandina Galápagos 61.56
Isabela & Fernandina Galápagos 61.56

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Does Tourism Help or Hurt the Galápagos Islands?

We love Galápagos' pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife. Pioneering sustainable tourism is part of our DNA, and the following explains how we are doing our bit for greener travel.

Every visitor who comes to the Galápagos Islands must pay a $100 National Park Entrance Fee, which alone brings in more than $20 million to help sustain this expansive National Park and Marine Sanctuary - both much needed to protect the Galápagos from international fishing and whaling ships. Plus, the more people visit the Galápagos, the more they can share their stories and the importance of conserving the islands and the ocean as a whole. On the other side, the tourism business does require a big local infrastructure- more people must live in the Galápagos to staff the shops, hotels, and restaurants, which means that more housing must be built, more water systems must be installed, and more trash is generated.

On top of that, since the Galápagos Islands are so isolated, it also means that all products must be imported on large cargo ships and all garbage must be shipped out, which implies more large ship traffic and higher fuel consumption. So, both are true: Tourism does help to protect the islands, but also hurts them.

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Sustainable tourism on a cruise ship - is that even possible?

It's important to remember that Galápagos cruise “ships” have little in common with what is widely thought of when you mention a cruise. Most of our ships are actually yachts or catamarans that carry no more than 16 passengers and have a crew of around six. Even our biggest vessels carry only 100 passengers, a mere yacht in comparison to the world's big cruise liners.

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Your trip respects Human rights.

Respect for human rights in tourism is a major concern. As an active member of the Roundtable for Human Rights in Tourism for many years, we verify that for all our trips, our partners respect the legal provisions in terms of wages and employment, especially for young people. We also support the "Don't look away" campaign, which aims to protect children in their vacation destinations from sexual abuse and exploitation.

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How can you help keep the Galápagos Islands pristine?

You can help keep the Galápagos Islands in their pristine condition by traveling responsibly. Only book your vacation with operators that have made a pledge to practice sustainability, protect the environment, and contribute to the local economy. You should follow the Leave No Trace policy, leaving each site just as it was when you arrived, and are asked not to bring any foodstuffs to Galápagos. The Galápagos Islands National Park has strict rules that you will become familiar with as you explore the Galápagos Islands.

The biggest advice, however, is to always stay with your guide - never go off-trail or beyond the path designated by your guide. Other rules restrict campfires, littering, and fishing, and no visitor is allowed to introduce any foreign organic matter or take any natural item from the Galápagos Islands.

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Tourcert - sustainability certification

As a sustainable tour operator we are certified by Tourcert and undergo a detailed audit of all business areas every 2 years. TourCert GmbH is a non-profit organization for certification in tourism and has set itself the task of promoting ecological, social and economic corporate responsibility in tourism.

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Member of the association "Forum Anders Reisen"

The Forum Anders Reisen e.V. (web page in German) is an association of travel companies that are committed to sustainable tourism. The travel experiences offered by their members are oriented towards people and environment, use local resources carefully and purposefully, and treat foreign cultures with respect. The Forum Anders Reisen was founded in 1998 and has around 130 members.

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