As a wildlife enthusiast I want to go to the Galapagos to revel in nature, not ruin it.

So, no matter how eager I may be to go gawk at giant land tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins, lava lizards, manta rays and sea lions, if I go, it’s important to go responsibly. 

Which is why my husband and I have chosen to head off guilt-free with Ecoventura, a leader in responsible tourism to the Galapagos Islands since 1990.

Their environmentally friendly fleet of 20-passenger expedition vessels, culturally and naturally respectful itineraries, and stellar eco-credentials, will get us up-close-and-personal with the extraordinary wildlife without leaving a harmful footprint in our wake. 

Better still, we’ll be among the first passengers to enjoy the new alternating week itineraries introduced for 2012 by Ecoventura to help reduce usage on heavily visited sites. I’ll be featuring our adventures in words, photos, and video clips soon, so be sure to check back again for details.  

To learn more about the Ecoventura’s environmental initiatives, current rates, special offers, cruise schedules and itineraries, visit or email 


About Ecoventura:

Since 1990, Ecoventura has been leading the way in sustainable expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands. Ecoventura operates a fleet of four expedition vessels in the Galapagos Islands cruises catering to active adults and families; the Eric, Flamingo & Letty, superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts, with departures every Sunday on comprehensive 7-night itineraries including the outer, most spectacular islands in the archipelago. 

Photos courtesy Ecoventura. 


Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".