For over 20 years, Ecoventura has shared the enchantment of the Galapagos Islands with thousands of travelers and enriched lives. We are committed to providing active adults and families an authentic experience in small compatible groups, offering value and a safe, memorable voyage. As owner and operator, we have full control over the consistent high quality provided on our fleet of four expedition vessels; (3) identical superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts, Eric, Flamingo & Letty and the 16-passenger luxury dive live-aboard, MV Galapagos Sky.
Departures are every Sunday on two unique 7-night itineraries offering guided nature walks, snorkeling, kayaking and zodiac tours. Discover the full diversity of the Islands in small groups of ten guests per naturalist guide to ensure up-close wildlife encounters. Guests feel at home on their private yacht while our crew strives for personalized service. Our culinary school trained chefs serve locally sourced gourmet style menus, featuring both international and Ecuadorian specialties.
Leading the way in sustainable tourism, Ecoventura was the first company to earn and maintain the voluntary certification, Smart Voyager the first company in Galapagos to offset carbon emissions. We reduced emissions through the installation of solar panels and wind generators on the ERIC, converting her to the first hybrid yacht in Galapagos. Ecoventura established the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to support marine conservation by strengthening the local communities’ ability to manage natural resources. Ecoventura supports Ecology Project International through scholarships for local high-school students to study conservation directly in the field and ecology-related issues.
Darwin’s enchanted isles are one of our planets most precious and unique ecosystems, home to an extraordinary profusion of exotic flora and fauna. The Islands retain a staggering 95% of their endemic species, a feat unparalleled on any other archipelago in the world. In 1959, a hundred years after the publication of The Origin of Species, Ecuador declared 97% of the Islands landmass a national park and in 2001, the marine reserve was established. Keeping Galapagos biologically pristine has been and continues to be, a constant and hard-waged battle. As a result in 2007, three decades after being designated the first World Heritage Site, UNESCO declared Galapagos as a World Heritage Site at risk, citing introduction of alien species, illegal fishing, unsustainable tourism, illegal migration and population growth. Galapagos was later removed from the list in 2010, but many conservationists feel this was done pre-maturely as the Islands still remain very much at risk. (www.ecoventura.com)