Ecoventura

Ecoventura

Member Since

1998
Category

Tour Operator
Phone

(305) 262-6264
Address

5805 BLUE LAGOON DRIVE, SUITE 160
Miami, Florida 33126
United States
Regions of Operations

South America

Ecoventura

  • About Us

    For over 20 years, Ecoventura has shared the enchantment of the Galapagos Islands, our planets most precious and unique ecosystem, with thousands of travelers and enriched lives with an extraordinary profusion of exotic and often endemic flora and fauna.  As a family-owned expedition cruise company, we are committed to providing our valued guests an authentic experience in small compatible groups, offering good value, as well as a safe and memorable, mind-expanding voyage.

     

    As both owner and operator based in Ecuador, we have full control over the consistent high quality level we provide 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, Galapagos Sky (formerly Sky Dancer), all custom built in Ecuador for cruising the Galapagos Islands.  

     

    The company began offering tours in the Galapagos in 1991, but it wasn't until 1999 that they started the operation and equipment. Since then, they have become a recognized leader in responsible tourism to the Galapagos Islands. Through its core commitment to the ongoing sustainability of this fragile and at-risk ecosystem, Ecoventura is a case study for communities and regions seeking to discourage the negative effects of irresponsible tourism.

    Sustainability Practices

    Ecoventura has become a recognized leader in sustainable tourism in the Galapagos Islands and was the first company to earn and maintain the voluntary certification, SmartVoyager since 2000, a program developed by The Rainforest Alliance and CC&D. This ensures our operation complies with a set of strict environmental policies and social responsibility including producing our own water, waste management, using four stroke engines to providing good living conditions and benefits to our crews.  In 2011, Ecoventura was awarded with the Rainforest Alliance Verified mark that alerts customers they are buying a service from a business that cares about its impact on the planet and local communities and has taken measureable steps to reduce that impact.

     

    Ecoventura was the first company in Galapagos to offset carbon emissions from the company’s four yachts and sales offices. Carbon emissions were also reduced by 10% through the use of high performance filters and installation of solar panels and wind generators on the ERIC, with support from Toyota, converting her to the first hybrid yacht in Galapagos.

     

    In 2006, Ecoventura established the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to help fund projects targeting environmental education and marine conservation by strengthening the local communities’ ability to manage natural resources; such as scholarships for local students to form conservation leaders, control of illegal fishing activities in the repair of a patrol boat and installation of a permanent floating platform “Tiburon Martillo”, support for a Vessel Monitoring  System  (VMS) and shark tagging project, helping local community women’s group OMCA from Isabela, computer lab for students on San Cristobal and awareness campaigns.

     

    In an effort to give back to the town of San Cristobal, Ecoventura has pledged to sponsor the salaries for teachers and physical therapists who work at the Alejandro Alvear School for children with physical disabilities and adults who are hearing impaired. Ecoventura has teamed up with Pack for a Purpose, www.packforapurpose.org, a charitable organization, that suggests needed supplies visitors can bring to Galapagos. The program is voluntary and available to Ecoventura passengers who want the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children who live in Galapagos. The supplies are donated to the students at the Alejandro Alvear School and The New Era Galapagos Foundation that supports art programs, Eco Scouts and English activities. 

     

    Ecoventura has pledged to sponsor 12 scholarships for one course/ module for local students age 16-17 from the islands of Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz to study conservation and ecology-related issues.  The program is under the auspices of Ecology Project International, a non-profit NGO that has benefited over 600 students since 2003. Students spend 50 hours in the field directly involved in conservation actions concerning invasive species and the health and release of turtles into the wild. There will be six ecology courses benefiting a total of 72 students in 2012. At the end of the course, the best students will be invited to join a four night Galapagos cruise.  A $400 donation makes the course possible for one student.  Ecoventura passengers can make donations at the EPI web site: www.ecologyproject.org/donate.

      

     

     

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