Galapagos Eco Friendly Hotel

If you love exploration, respect the environment, want to share in the conservation of the paradise we call the Galapagos Islands and yearn to experience first hand the miracles that Charles Darwin brought to the world, then the Galapagos Eco Friendly hotel is the place to begin your visit to the Galapagos Islands.

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My idea to build an environmentally sustainable "green" hotel began many years ago and has finally come to fruition.  We've been recognized as a Platinum Green  Hotel by TripAdvisor and certified by the Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism. It is my great pleasure to share the experience of how the hotel came to be built and the principles of preservation that motivated me with you. The hotel is the embodiment of my belief that every traveler to the Galapagos Islands should have the opportunity to live for a little while within our culture while exploring all the natural beauty of our National Park and Marine Reserve.  In this way, your travel and adventure will be enhanced as those of us who live in this paradise can share our knowledge and viewpoints with you.

San Cristobal Island is the locale of one of the most important conservation efforts anywhere in the world and fully 60% of its power comes from wind turbines. The San Cristobal wind project is a prototype of similar experiments all over the globe.  The Galapagos Eco Lodge adheres to these same principles of ecotourism and conservation. Our power too comes from wind turbines.

Necessarily I did a great deal of research before embarking on this endeavor.  I was inspired by and found the framework for my conservation and preservation efforts in the guidelines set forth by the The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). As a result, the hotel was designed and built using indigenous and, whenever possible, recycled building materials. Our guest rooms reflect our cultural heritage. We have created a truly beautiful outdoor area that makes the most of indigenous and endemic flora. The food we serve is always fresh and from local sources. In fact, we grow some of our own vegetables. Our water, energy and waste systems are all conservation oriented.

The hotel is inspired by my personal experiences and lifelong exposure and commitment to the environment.  It embodies what I believe in and what I want to share with those who come to the Galapagos Islands for an adventure and to expand their horizons.

I am a citizen of the Galapagos Islands, specifically San Cristobal, as were my parents and grandparents. I grew up wandering the hills around my house, exploring the volcanoes and swimming and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean.  Mockingbirds woke me in the morning, iguanas climbed in our family’s garden and frigatebirds and pelicans sailed through the air and landed on our boat.  The sea lions, especially the little pups, were almost like pets hanging out on the pier, just as they do today. Every chance I could, I would be in the water playing with them. That hasn’t changed!

In my youngest memories, I recall having the time of my life in the midst of this gorgeous nature preserve I call my home.  Since then, my love of the land and sea in and around the Galapagos Islands has done nothing but grow stronger.  As your guide, I am dedicated to applying and communicating what I have learned and what I love to you.

I learned to scuba dive at age 11 and have scuba Dive Master credentials. This ensures that since snorkeling, and for some SCUBA diving, is one of our activities during the trip, I will be able to show you the richness of the second largest Marine Reserve in the world.  The joy that I have felt since my childhood is what I want to share with you.

I have my naturalist certification from the National Park Services and have worked as a Naturalist Guide for more than 15 years.  I continue to work as a naturalist for the most highly regarded as well as ecologically aware and committed companies in the Gal├ípagos Islands; they are leaders on the application of conservation ideas, such as recycling, teaching, and planning the use of clean energy to reduce the impact in nature.  My education includes concentrations in oceanography, marine biology, natural history and species development and survival.  I am bilingual in Spanish and English.

I have had a rich and wonderful life here and that is what I want to share with all of our visitors to Galapagos. By using Galapagos Eco Friendly as the base of our exploration, you will have the benefit of being a part of the Galapagos Islands' culture that cruise-based travelers miss.  Whether we are on the land or sea, I want you to feel the beauty, majesty and uniqueness of the extraordinary world that will surround you here in the Galapagos.

My responsibility to my guests is to fill you with wonder and to make you smile.  I believe that travel should expand our horizons, improve the world we live in together, and improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  When we travel, we open our hearts and minds, and share our experiences and our cultures.  I make it my personal mission to enhance your understanding of this world and how we can maintain it and make it even better in the future.

Trust me that a trip that you schedule through Galapagos Eco Friendly will reward you with unique experiences and provide you with the opportunity to discover a whole new world of natural wonders.  If I can impart just a bit of what I have learned and what I love, then you will leave this part of our planet nourished, fulfilled and anxious to return.  So be ready in body and mind for this once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

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