Travel Guide

6 Tips for a Responsible Galapagos Vacation



Heading to the Galapagos? To protect the Galapagos' special wildlife and habitats when visiting, plan ahead to minimize your environmental impact through actions like traveling green, properly disposing waste, and respecting park rules. 


In order for us to collectively contribute to the long-term sustainability of this destination during your once-in-a-lifetime luxury tour to the Galapagos islands, we have compiled a guide outlining six ways in which you can practice responsible travel while on one of our luxury Galapagos excursions. For more information on how to create an itinerary that is tailored to your specific travel requirements, please contact a Kimsa travel advisor immediately.

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Travel in company with Kimsa Agency

Picking a tour guide who's serious about sustainability is key to enjoying the Galapagos without the eco-guilt. Kimsa's dedication to the Galapagos' well-being is crystal clear, marrying serious sustainability goals with action, as shown by their recent Climate Positive Certification. Kimsa Travel assimilates the Glasgow Declaration for climate-responsible tourism with the Climate Positive Certification, which it obtained in 2022. 

Kimsa has incorporated sustainability into its guiding principles ever since its inception. Kimsa diligently briefs every traveler on essential do's and don'ts, such as steering clear of feeding the animals or disrupting their natural spaces. An itinerary that accommodates all requirements, including environmentally sustainable travel practices, can be effortlessly constructed with the assistance of Kimsa. We will collaborate with you to design a personalized vacation that aligns with your wish list once you have shared your motivating factors. Alternatively, for a few quick hints and ideas on how to maintain the sustainability of your vacations, please visit our Responsible Travel page.

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Minimize your environmental footprint to preserve the unique ecosystems you visit

The Galapagos Islands serve as a sanctuary for countless unique creatures, many teetering on the brink of extinction. When humans mess with nature by bringing in species from other places, it throws the whole system out of whack. Scaling back your ecological footprint helps safeguard the intricate web of life that these islands harbor. Traditional sunscreens are harmful to the marine ecosystem and its inhabitants; therefore, travelers can accomplish this by utilizing biodegradable sunscreen. To protect your skin without harming the environment, use sunscreen made from biodegradable ingredients. 


Additionally, travelers may spare single-use plastics by: A significant contributor to contamination on the islands are single-use plastics such as straws, water bottles, and utensils. Refrain from using disposable plastic and instead carry a reusable water bottle and utensils. Let's not forget, when you're soaking up the island life, to be mindful of your energy and water use—it's a precious share for all of us here.

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Observe designated trails

There are numerous species of fauna that are exclusive to the Galapagos Islands; some of these are endangered. Straying from marked paths can upset the local wildlife, putting their future at risk. When you walk off the path and stomp around, it's not just about muddying your shoes; you're messing with the ecosystem, damaging unique plants that can't take a beating. Sticking to the paths laid out for us helps keep those unique island landscapes looking sharp and undisturbed. Erosion, a natural phenomenon that transpires on the islands but can be intensified by human intervention, can also be prevented with the assistance of tourists. Sticking to the robust paths, we do our bit to curb erosion and keep the trails from wearing down too much. 


Visitors are expected to remain on designated trails; noncompliance may lead to the imposition of fines or other punitive measures. When tourists stick to the trails, they're actively safeguarding the Galapagos' delicate environment for future generations to experience. When we travel, it's on us to leave things better than we found them, respecting the local culture and nature by sticking to the park's guidelines.

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Treat wildlife with respect

The Galapagos Islands' incredibly diverse and unique wildlife developed over eons of isolation. The assortment of species discovered in the Galapagos is unparalleled globally and is the product of millions of years of isolation-dependent evolution. Many unique creatures in the Galapagos teeter on the brink of disappearing forever, largely due to their homes being destroyed, foreign species taking over, and contamination. So, the distinct species of the Galapagos are really at risk from the impact of our footprint.

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Adequate third-parcularty records

As explicated by your Kimsa guide, this entails consideration for cultural sensitivities and adherence to local customs and dress codes. Over time, a tapestry of cultures has been woven into the Galapagos as diverse groups have made these islands their home. Immersing themselves in the islands' museums, cultural centers, and numerous historical sites lets visitors profoundly experience the Galapagos's rich cultural diversity shaped by its storied influx of new residents over time.

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Occupy local conservation efforts

So, if you're hitting up the Galapagos, throwing your support behind local green initiatives is a solid move for traveling with respect to nature. This includes purchasing locally crafted mementos, donating to Galapagos conservation organizations, and endorsing eco-friendly businesses and practices. Lending a hand means you're directly bolstering efforts to monitor wildlife and rejuvenate their natural habitats. There are groups that protect the islands if you want to pitch in while visiting. To support conservation efforts, Kimsa can connect you with groups like the Charles Darwin Foundation where you can volunteer while visiting the Galapagos Islands. Monitoring bird patterns, managing and sustaining laboratories, designing and instructing local educational activities, and conducting site cleanups are among the many responsibilities performed.

Unique among natural landscapes and an abundance of fauna, the Galapagos Islands are unlike any other. Visiting the Galapagos, you step into a world where wildlife rules supreme, setting the stage for either tranquil observation or adventurous engagement. 

Communicate with us, and our Kimsa team of specialists will meticulously craft an itinerary to guarantee an unforgettable experience at Ecuador Trips, including Galápagos Islands tours.