Think Galapagos and Responsible Travel
Responsible travel is our most important commitment. All the holidays we organise are guided by its central principles – that our visit can and should benefit the local community, that we should leave places as we discovered them and that our visit is so much more than a holiday; it is a chance to learn more about the ecosystems we visit and their conservation value. Throughout our tours we aim to encourage a greater environmental awareness, whether of the landscape itself or its inhabitants.
Carbon offsetting our holidays
As part of our commitment to the environment, we offset all the carbon generated by our holidays with the Forest Credits scheme run by Rainforest Concern. The scheme directly benefits areas of cloud forest in Ecuador we know and love. Read more about Forest Credits in our carbon offsetting blog .
Supporting Charities that make a difference
For each UK based guest that travels with us to Galapagos we take out a 6-month membership with UK charity Galapagos Conservation Trust on your behalf. For all guests we also make a contribution on your behalf to one of our chosen charities or conservation projects. Currently we are supporting Rainforest Concern’s project in the Ecuadorian cloud forest and also WE Charity’s work in Ecuador. When you fill in your booking form, you will be asked to tick the box of the charity or project you would like to support:
- Sponsor the permanent protection of 1/5th of an acre of Ecuadorian Rainforest with Rainforest Concern
- Make a £10 donation on your behalf to WE Charity’s community work in Ecuador
Galapagos Conservation Trust
For every UK based guest that travels with us we will provide a 6-month membership of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. The Trust supports pioneering conservation projects ranging from species specific studies to ecosystem-scale restoration projects such as the one they are currently supporting in Floreana Island. Your year’s membership will help support vital conservation projects in the Galapagos and you will receive a subscription to their bi-annual magazine and email newsletters as well as invites to various events held during the year.
Rainforest Concern is a UK based charity set up to protect the endangered habitats of the South American rainforest, including their immense biodiversity and the indigenous people who depend on them for their survival. Rainforest concern take direct action to protect vital corridors of rainforest such as purchasing land in the name of local NGOs or communities. One of their main projects is to create a continuous forest corridor between the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve and community owned forest. Your contribution will protect a 1/5 acre of Ecuadorian rainforest – about 800m2, the size of a suburban garden.
WE Charity, a global organisation, which works with local projects, has been involved in Ecuador since 1998. Initially building schools in the Andean region of Chimborazo, in 2008, they expanded their program to also work to provide some of Ecuador’s poorest rural communities with education, clean water, health programming and alternative forms of income, thus empowering communities to transform their lives. We Charity provide resources, opportunities and connections for community members to lead their own development and lift themselves out of poverty.
Our achievements so far
Pan y Miel
Think Galapagos and our guests were instrumental in the successful establishment of the Pan y Miel Foundation in Quito. The Foundation provided schooling and basic care for children in a shanty town in the capital who due to a combination of poverty and family situations, were unable to get to school.
In the 2018 Think Galapagos helped fund a years healthy lunches for over 80 pupils at a school in a poor rural community in the Chimborazo area of Ecuador through WE.org. The aim of the project is to ensure children get healthy food and essential nutrients so they are able to concentrate and excel in school.
Since 2011 Think Galapagos has helped Rainforest Concern secure the permanent protection of over 35 acres of rainforest and has offset more than 10 tonnes of Carbon. Most of the rainforest protected is pristine cloud forest areas of northwest Ecuador part of the Choco Global Biodiversity Hotspot.