Ecuador's Tropic Journeys in Nature Launches New Adventure on Floreana, Least Populated Galapagos Island

Ecuador's Tropic Journeys in Nature Launches New Adventure on Floreana, Least Populated Galapagos Island

Floreana Lava Lodge

1930s lore of old Galapagos charms guests of Floreana Lava Lodge on the least populated island in the Galapagos

Ecuador's award-winning ecotourism company, Tropic Journeys in Nature, since 1994 has led tours through the country's most engaging landscapes including now the Galapagos where guests enjoy Tropic hospitality at Floreana Lava Lodge on Floreana Island. 


Here Tropic integrates tourism with ecological, economic, socio-cultural and political concerns with local community tourism initiatives, as it does in the Amazon Rainforest with the Huaorani people, Andean region and the Pacific coast region of Ecuador. Tropic's communities receive real economic benefit from all tourism operations.


Only 150 people live on Floreana whose history abounds with extraordinary characters and enigmatic disappearances.


"Part of the fun of staying in one of the 10 family-owned cabins here is meeting the locals on this peaceful island that showcases the old Galapagos way of life," said Jascivan Carvalho, owner of Tropic, noting that guests also help the small community thrive in a sustainable manner.


Just a five-minute walk from the village, the lodge and cabins are located on one of the most secluded bays on Floreana that thus far has avoided large hotels. Accommodations on this island are under 30 capacities.


The wildlife above and below the waves includes manta rays, sea lions, sharks, sea turtles and the Galapagos Giant Tortoises, with the bonus of the underwater world while snorkeling. Lava Lodge is only a few steps from the "lobería" where visitors can watch the island's famous sea lions in natural surroundings.


Over the last 10 years the Galapagos Islands have experienced a dramatic surge in tourism. Local economies have boomed, and as a consequence the old Galapagos way of life is vanishing. Floreana, the smallest of the inhabited islands, is the exception, although it was the first of the islands to develop tourism in the 1930's.


Floreana's fascinating story and the desire of the local people to offer a more relaxed and environmentally sensitive kind of tourism are reasons why Tropic has chosen to launch its new Galapagos adventure here, explained Carvalho. Tropic, along with the community, the Cruz family who own the lodge, and under the supervision of the Galapagos Authority, has created this new destination designed for visitors who are looking for something out of the ordinary, who will understand the value of slow-paced tourism on a highly active program.


About Tropic Journeys in Nature

Established in 1994, Tropic Journeys in Nature is an award–winning ecotourism company specializing in responsible, community-based tourism in Ecuador. Programs combine life-changing, active-but-cultural ecotourism experiences focusing on nature, conservation, diversity and sustainability. >> See Tropic Journeys in Nature's member profile


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