Testimonials

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.
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.
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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History of Travel in the Galapagos Islands

Six hundred miles to the west of Ecuador, (a small country in the northwest portion of South America,) lie the breathtaking and amazing volcanic Galapagos Islands.  Accidentally discovered in 1535 by Fray Tomas de Berlanga, these “Isolas de Galapagos” (Islands of the Tortoises) would become a hideaway for pirates and a place to stop for fresh food on long passages.  Later named the Enchanted Islands (due to their reputation for disappearing into the fog during some seasons,) the Galapagos would increase in popularity during the 1800’s, and even get its own impromptu post office.  Colonists from Ecuador would come to start small farms there during the beginning of that century.  In 1835, Charles Darwin, would visit the Galapagos, which would seed the notions that would become the theory of Evolution, and inspire his works on Natural Selection and biological adaptation.

In 1934, just under 100 years after Darwin’s famous visit, the Galapagos started to have protection under law.   In 1964, the Darwin Research Station commenced on Santa Cruz, and scientific studies continue.  By 2007, the chain was declared a World Heritage In Danger by UNESCO. Thus far, both flora and fauna have been introduced to the islands, causing irreparable damage to the ecosystems, displacing indigenous inhabitants and altering the delicate balances found in this unique isolated pocket.  Poachers have attacked sea mammals and damaged fish populations.  Unnatural catastrophic events also have impact the islands’ ecology.  For example, the Jessica, an oil tanker, went aground in the Galapagos in 2001, spilling oil out onto this fragile, beautiful and important part of our planet’s ecology.

Only relatively recently have people been allowed to visit for eco-tourism.  Responsible tours, such as those provided by Galapagos Excursions, are actually beneficial to the Galapagos.  With proper care, management and forethought, the Galapagos Islands may recover to their full pristine state.  We hope that this precious natural wonder will continue to be a source of amazement and wonder for countless generations to come.