New activities on board the M / V Santa Cruz

We are pleased with the reception given to the new alternatives offered to discover Santa Cruz Island aboard the M / V Santa Cruz for the new routes 2012. As an alternative to the traditional visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, our guests can choose from the following activities:

Walk to the top of the island: visit the impressive Scalesia forest full of life and landscape.

Bike ride to a secluded beach: enjoy the wonderful scenery that surrounds a beach with white sand and turquoise water that also has a lagoon where you can see flamingos, patillos, ostreros, among other migratory birds.

Visit an organic coffee plantation: learn how to organically grow coffee and other products in these paradise islands.

Caminata a Bahía Tortuga, where guests can kayak or just enjoy the white sand beach that is considered one of the most beautiful Archipelago. Here you can see turtles, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas.

Diving: discover the amazing underwater world of the islands which is considered one of the best places to dive.

All these activities are offered at no additional cost, except for diving.

Sperm Whales at Sunset in the Galapagos

Sunday 24 February, when our expedition vessel in the Galapagos Islands, the MV St. Cruznavegaba to cross the equator, bridge officers spotted a large group of sperm whales. The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) It is the largest member of the toothed whales (odontoceti), characterized by a head daunting, containing a whitish substance called spermaceti (whalers mistakenly believed that he was the sperm whale- literally "espermaceti"). This waxy and insoluble substance was used as a lubricant in cosmetics and perfumery industry. Years later jojoba oil, came as an efficient alternative to the killing of whales.

These whales grow to huge sizes, there are reports of males over 20 meters long, and weighing more than 50 tonnes. Females, less than half of this scale. At birth, pups as measured 4 meters and weigh 1 ton! These whales have the largest and heaviest brain of all living beings.

The behavior observed from the MV Santa Cruz, float without much activity on the surface, is considered a type of social interaction and relaxation. When sperm whales are feeding (mainly of giant squid), They can dive to extreme depths of more than 2000 meters, for periods longer than one hour! After being extensively hunted in the Pacific to 1980, world population of whales shows no signs of recovery and sightings have declined each year. The sighting of sperm whales is celebrated not only by naturalists and scientists but this event equatorial and magic sunset became a memorable experience for our guests and crew boat expedition in the Galapagos .

Upgrade Fundación Galápagos-Ecuador Recycling Results

The flagship project of recycling on Santa Cruz continues to generate environmental improvements, and support of the population is getting better. Cooperation between the Municipality of Santa Cruz, Galapagos National Park, WWF – World Wide Fund For Nature, and has driven us all the successful results. These results have allowed Santa Cruz Island to be mentioned as a global example in processing solid waste on islands. It is important to remember that the substrates of volcanic islands do not have a lot of top soil (top soil), and so physically landfills and dumps have a period of long life. The environmental solution formula and thus begins the generation of waste and avoiding certain materials that come to occupy high volume collection areas. Thus, while less waste reaches landfills, these areas will have more life and degradation processes may cause a reasonable level of environmental footprint.

In Santa Cruz Island, Solid Waste Recycling exceeded 1.6 million pounds of trash and we have expanded the category of "Other" to Tetrapack, aluminum cans, bags of cement, etc.. The results in recycling date to September 2009 and classified by type of waste are:

Material (Kg) (Until Sep 2009) GRAN TOTAL
Plastics 120,085 :: 264,187
Glass 381,186 :: 838,609
Yellow 1,050,302 :: 2,310664
Paper 85,992 :: 189,182
Batteries 1,204 :: 2,649
Othos Materiales 13,585 :: 29,887
TOTAL Kg – Lbs 1,652,356 :: 3,635,183

The allocation of funds for these initiatives makes us see that the efficiency of the project is also linked to the collections made by generous donations from our guests and customers. All of them to be motivated to reduce their environmental footprint in the Galapagos Islands, help us financially so we can keep our sustainability principles and give practical shape to our Environmental Policy.

If you want to be part of these improvements and become a friend of sustainability in Galapagos, please contact the Environmental Management Metropolitan Touring or Fundación Galápagos-Ecuador