New Discovery: Galapagos Tortoise Breed Sequestered not Extinct

Chelonoidis elephantopus, a type of giant Galapagos tortoise that was thought to have become extinct over 150 years ago has been “found” in the genome of a similar species that currently lives in the Galapagos Islands. First recorded in 1853 by Charles Darwin in his famous voyage of The Beagle, Chelonoidis elephantopus was never again […]

GALAPAGOS FLIGHTS: Fuel Surcharges for 2012

Earlier this month, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa announced the end of government fuel subsidies for local airlines. The following fuel surcharges have been announced for Galapagos Flights starting January 1, 2012 (subject to change): For flights with AeroGal Airlines the supplement will be $100 per person ($50 one-way). For TAME Airlines, there is a $120 […]

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) on the Blackfoot River, MT

I first tried Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, in February of this year when I paddled down the Shiripuno River to the Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin, and then on a Galapagos Stand Up Paddle Multisport Adventure.  SUP’ing was a great way to experience the Galapagos, and it added one more activity to an […]

Tsunami Does Minimal Damage in Galapagos Islands

The Tsunami Warning and State of Emergency for the Galapagos Islands was lifted early Saturday morning, and flights and tours all resumed as normal on Saturday. We received a number of reports from our Galapagos partners, all assuring us that there were no serious injuries to people, and that damage was minimal. The tsunami, caused […]

Galapagos Tsunami Warnings Due to Japan Earthquake

We are very sad to hear the news about the earthquake in Japan today.  Unfortunately, the news could get worse as the day goes on as Tsunami  warnings have been issued for over 20 countries in the Pacific region, among them the Galapagos Islands and coast of Ecuador.  We certainly hope the tsunami’s don’t materialize […]

Galapagos Conservancy Announces 2011 Photo Contest Winner

Galapagos Conservancy announces their 2011 photo contest winners. Alice Bartlett of Fyansford, Victoria (Austrailia) won the contest with her Spotted Eagle Rays photo above. Click here to view the other contest winners. The Galapagos Conservancy (GC) is a United States advocacy organization dedicated exclusively to the long-term protection of the Galapagos Islands. Collectively, GC members […]

Ecuador Stability Returns, Airports Open

Following a day of protests and unrest in Ecuador, stability has returned today.  Schools are still closed, but most everything else is back to normal.  All airports are open and operating normally today, and businesses are open again. A number of our Ecuadorian tour operators have reported in that all is calm today, and life […]

Ecuador Airports Closed by Protesting Police, Air Force

The main airports in Ecuador, in the cities of Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca, have all been seized today by protesting members of the Police and Air Force.  The airports are closed, and there is no word yet on when they will reopen.  Reports from our partner companies in Ecuador are that everyone is safe and […]

METROPOLITAN TOURING RECEIVES HONORABLE MENTION FROM CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S WORLD SAVERS AWARDS

Detour Travel partner Metropolitan Touring in Ecuador reports they have been awarded an Honorable Mention in the category of Poverty Alleviation in Conde Nast Traveler’s Wolrd Savers Awards 2010.  Detour applauds Metropolitan Touring for their sustainable tourism initiatives! From Metropolitan Touring: Condé Nast Traveler has awarded Metropolitan Touring an Honorable Mention in the category of […]

Galapagos-Ecuador Foundation: Sustainability Projects

Metropolitan Touring shares with us an update on their Galapagos-Ecuador Foundation (Fundacion Galapagos-Ecuador) sustainability projects. The Foundation is an Ecuadorian, non-profit organization, founded in 1998 with the mission of providing support and funding for conservation projects directly related to the sustainable development of the Galapagos Islands. It’s three sustainability projects report great success: 1. Coastal […]

7 Ways to Avoid Sea Sickness on your Galapagos Islands Cruise

Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands

Thinking of cruising the Galapagos Islands, but worried about sea sickness?  Take it from someone whose been – and gotten sick – it’s still worth it!  There are a number of proven ways that you can combat the possibility of sea sickness in the Galapagos and truly enjoy your trip.

Galapagos Islands Trips: Land-Based Tours vs Yacht-Based Cruises

If you’re going to spend the money and time it takes to get to the Galapagos Islands – you probably want to spend some effort finding the right tour for you.  Having just spent two weeks in the Galapagos I got to explore firsthand the differences between the classic Galapagos yacht-based cruise tour and the […]

Ecoventura Announces New Galapagos Isalands Yacht Cruise Departure For Solo Travelers!

New Galapagos Islands departure for solo travlers on the Eric, Letty, Flamingo I yachts February 13-20, 2011! Ecoventura is offering a designated cruise departure on their flagship Galapagos yachts catering to SOLO Travelers for the first time the week of February 13-20 2011.  This trip is perfect for those who prefer to travel with other […]

Galapagos Sailing Yacht Alta Declared Total Loss

In March the beautiful sailing yacht Alta, one of the more famous yachts in the Galapagos Islands, ran aground while entering the harbor at Puerto Ayora and had to be evacuated.  Environmental damage to the Galapagos appeared to be minimal, and no one was injured in the wreck.  Ever since we’ve been waiting for news […]

Galapagos Guides: All You Need to Know About Your Naturalist Guide

Guide interpreting for travelers in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos is all about it’s flora and fauna. Exploring with a quality naturalist guide makes all the difference. And quite frankly, you have to be accompanied by a guide so you ought to care if he/she is a good one. Yet, Galapagos Islands’ guide classifications are not so cut and dry anymore. Originally, Galapagos […]

Waved Albatross Arrive In Galapagos

I watched a BBC/National Geographic documentary on the Galapagos and I might have actually shed a tear when the Albatross meet to mate. It’s super romantic! They stay with the same partner their whole mating lives, meeting in the Galapagos each April, May, and June. The “men” typically arrive first and patiently await their female […]

LAN Ecuador Plans Flights to Galapagos

LAN Airlines has been authorized by the Ecuadorian government to offer regular flights to the Galapagos. Starting in September LAN Ecuador will be the third carrier serving the islands, offering one daily flight from both Quito and Guayaquil. LAN Ecuador says they had been eyeing the Galapagos market for quite some time, however, the government […]

Galapagos Incident Report: M/S Alta

Galapagos Islands – On the evening of March 17 at 7:20 pm the M/S Alta, owned and operated by Quasar Expeditions, struck a reef near Camaño Islet while trying to enter the Puerto Ayora harbor of Santa Cruz.  As of now the primary cause of the crash is attributed to a malfunctioning lighthouse, which when […]

South America: What’s a Tall Person to Do?

Okay, so there’s still plenty you can do. But there are some quirky size constraints that can come up — mostly in regards to outfitting. For instance, a recent client visiting the Galapagos had to cram his size 12 feet into size 10 boots — the largest boot size offered — while hiking around muddy […]

Galapagos Islands: Tsunami Alert Just a Precaution

Update from Metropolitan Touring The Galapagos Islands – A tsunami alert was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) on Saturday, February 27th morning for all of the Pacific Ocean as a response to the strong earthquake that hit Chile. Vessels temporarily broke from their scheduled itineraries until the PTWC confirmed that there was […]

Latin Trails Receives Smart Voyager Certification for Their Journey I Catamaran

Latin Trails – tour operator in the Galapagos, receives Smart Voyager Certification for their luxury class catamaran the Galapagos Journey I. The Smart Voyager program was initiated by the Ecuadorian citizen’s group, Conservación y Desarrollo in collaboration with their partner, Rainforest Alliance, to credit operations (mainly hotels and Galapagos tour boats) that meet a set […]

Galapagos Cruise: New Itineraries for 2011

In an effort to mitigate the negative effects of tourism in the Galapagos, the National Park has decided to enforce new restrictions on cruises.  Specifically, this means that four-day itineraries will not be offered any longer and vessels will operate with 15 day itineraries.  Those 15-day itineraries will be split up into shorter itineraries, but […]

Ecoventura Adds Local, Organic Foods to Menu

Ecoventura, operator of the Eric, Letty and Flamingo & Sky Dancer yachts, introduces new, healthier menus with an emphasis on local, organic foods! Ecoventura’s trained chefs have introduced a healthy, reduced calorie dining menu built around natural and organic foods, and perhaps most importantly –  purchased from local island farmers. The new menu has increased […]

Galapagos: What to Expect in January & February

In February warm temperatures create pleasant water conditions – the highest water temperature reaches 22C (77F). This temperature will remain constant until April. Flamingos on Floreana Island start to nest, as do the marine iguanas of Santa Cruz Island. The Bahama pintail ducks (black-tailed pintail) launch into their breeding season as the Nazca (masked) boobies […]

Guayaquil Airport Departure Tax Increases

The  Airport Departure Tax for international flights out of the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Internacional Airport of Guayaquil has increased to US $28.27. This is effective immediately. There is no change in the Airport Departure Tax from the International Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, which remains at US $40.80.

Galapagos Trips- US Flight Delays Can Make You Miss the Boat!

We always recommend that people arrive in Ecuador at least two days before their Galapagos trip just in case there is some sort of airline delay or other problem that might make them miss their Galapagos flights.  Weather problems at airports in the USA the last two weekends have reinforced that this is a good […]

Can I Scuba Dive in the Galapagos Islands?

Lots of people going to the Galapagos Islands want to know if they can scuba dive on their trip. After all, the Galapagos Islands is one of the world’s top dive destinations. The answer is a qualified “yes.” You must be an experienced scuba diver to dive in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos has cold […]