A great way to travel responsibly – and enjoyably!
The Galapagos Islands are unlike anywhere else in the world. So why not experience them in a way that is just as unique – and also respects the amazing and delicate ecosystem at work there?
It goes without saying that this is an unparalleled natural paradise. In fact, Charles Darwin called the region “a little world within itself.” And exploring these Islands by kayak – a place where creatures have never learned fear of humans – offers visitors an opportunity to experience the region and its wildlife in a way that has no equal.
Travel from island to island, hike other-worldly volcanic landscapes, enjoy astonishing up-close encounters with wildlife, snorkel with penguins and sea turtles and explore the turquoise waters with Tofino Expeditions in a way that values, and even benefits, the local surroundings and economy.
Appreciating the Galapagos in a sustainable way
At Tofino Expeditions, we pride ourselves on our commitment to wilderness ethics as well as the quality of our adventures. For more than thirty years, we have been operating trips that benefit both our clients and the communities in which we work. We actively support wilderness preservation and operate all our trips with this as an over-arching principle. Nowhere is this more evident or, arguably, more important than on our Galapagos trips.
In fact, there are regulations set out by the Galapagos Islands National Park, that we and all guests are expected to abide by when visiting. We all do our part to minimize our impact and preserve the animals’ territory, so they can keep thriving and so future travelers will be able to keep appreciating the unbelievable flora and fauna.
Our trips offer a positive way to see the Islands and cultivate cultural connections by being as locally sourced as possible. We use locally owned transportation services, stay in locally owned hotels and buy all our food and supplies on site, keeping our money on the Islands to benefit local operations. Plus, we use expert local guides, who work alongside Galapagos Park Service certified naturalist guides, to bring you an unforgettable adventure.
Obviously, travelling by kayak leaves a very small fossil fuel footprint, as opposed to the larger ships and yachts that tour the area. And by travelling in small groups, our impact on the environment is minimal. Not to mention that smaller groups means our guests have excellent access to the local guides and Park staff.
Appreciating the Galapagos in every other way
But let’s be real. While our guest love feeling good about responsible travel and protecting the area, it’s the actual experience of capturing that sense of “A-ha!” that Darwin felt when he landed on the Islands’ shores that truly makes an impression.
Imagine walking the white-sand beaches or visiting spectacular volcanoes and observing the amazing diversity of the various Islands that span two-million-year age differences. No wonder there were noticeable evolutionary adaptations! There is no better way to see and understand how small things can have an immense impact on an ecosystem, from the plants to the animals to the environment. Seeing this delicate balance in person offers a whole new perspective on the world and our place in it.
The timing and itinerary of our Galapagos kayaking trips aid in this appreciation by coinciding with both the finest weather and the greatest diversity of wildlife activity the Galapagos has to offer. Like all our trips, this one is crafted to combine adventure, comfort and style. Every day you’ll experience a new, exciting aspect of the Islands and interact with a marvelous range of wildlife. And every night you’ll return to a hot shower and beautifully appointed seaside room. After enjoying a gourmet meal, you can go for a walk on the beach under an equatorial sky ablaze with stars.
We promise, this trip is unlike anything else you have ever experienced. Escape the crowds, explore the Galapagos under your own power and forge a unique connection to one of the most remarkable places on Earth.
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