THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!! The trip was outstanding; all the arrangements were perfect – from the time we were met at the airport in Quito – to the time we were returned to the airport in Guayaquil.
Alan and I had a truly wonderful experience in Ecuador. Santiago and the rest of staff were excellent hosts, as was the La Pinta and its staff. We had an amazing trip.
The luxury Cruises like lapinta, Isabela, and santa cruz cruise are ultimate luxurious ships. these cruises will make your journey a pleasant one.
Hannah, we are back from our fabulous vacation, and I am so very thankful to you for setting it all up. Please provide me with your supervisor's name and email address so I can give you proper credit! Dilger couple, Custom Galapagos Land Based, March 2012

Fundación Scalecia Galapagos

Think Globally, Educate Locally.

The children of the world are the hope for its future. We believe in education as one of the principal tools to ensure sustainability in the long term. The Scalesia Foundation is the only non-governmental institution that is investing 100% of its efforts in EDUCATION on the Islands.

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Guides in the Galapagos Islands

“The guide made the trip” is an oft-heard phrase heard from travelers returning from a successful Galapagos tour. And it’s true – for a naturalist destination like the Galapagos Islands, where in-depth knowledge of the unique flora, fauna, geology and history that makes this archipelago so fascinating, is a necessary tour component. But more than just straight science, we’ve found it’s imperative that Galapagos guides are also able to relate to guests on a personal level, and make information about blue-footed boobies or lava flows exciting and interesting for travelers of all ages. A top guide has trained eyes that can spot a manta ray from the dinghy, or a pod of dolphins. A top guide can tailor his or her presentation style to match with guest personalities and ensure they have the best possible experience in the Galapagos.

There is a rough system in the Galapagos for ranking  guides as level I, II or III, where I is a licensed guide with limited knowledge and III is the most knowledgeable (often with a biology-related university degree). However, this system has become outdated. With our Galapagos expertise we’ve come to recognize that a guide is so much more than just straight knowledge, and that level I guides can be fantastic fits for some families, while perhaps a level III guide would not be. We have the local expertise to match the appropriate boat experience and guiding style for each traveler. This is why it’s important to use a Galapagos planning expert – our consultants know the Galapagos and know the guides, ensuring your trip is extraordinary!