We work with a number of tour operators both in the UK and Ecuador to promote responsible tourism on the Islands. See below for a list of our current partners:
Wild Tracks is a small, dedicated adventure travel company passionate about exploring the far reaches of the world and offering bespoke trips to Patagonia, Ecuador, Galapagos, Namibia and Botswana. They are also Arctic and Antarctic specialists offering these trips through Ice Tracks Expeditions. GCT is working closely with Wild Tracks on supporter cruises to Galapagos and we are delighted to be working with them on our special conservation cruise to Galapagos in June 2020.
In 2020, Steppes Travel celebrates 30 years of offering inspirational holidays to over 100 destinations worldwide. Their goal is simple – to create memorable and fulfilling holidays that benefit local people, wildlife and habitats as much as they do the traveller. Steppes are currently helping female education in Galapagos by funding activities of the Gills Club on San Cristobal which helps to engage more girls in shark science and is led by local female shark researchers. Steppes have also supported our Plastic Pollution Free Galapagos programme.
For over 65 years Metropolitan Touring have shared the wonders of Ecuador and Galapagos with the world, amassing thousands of unforgettable stories from their guests. They pride themselves on their warm and friendly Spirit, their Passion for the destinations where they operate, and their Vision for the future of our planet. Metropolitan have been supporting GCT for many years by donating cruises for fundraising prizes.
Ecoventura is a family-owned luxury expedition cruise company. As both an owner and operator of upscale yachts, they provide transformative experiences by connecting explorers with Galapagos’ inspiring wildlife, while aiming to minimise their impact on its delicate ecosystem. Ecoventura is supporting GCT by donating cruises as fundraising prizes.
The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) promotes Latin America as a tourist destination. Its 350 members include tourism boards, airlines, hotels, tour operators, representation companies and travel press. LATA is funding GCT’s plastics programme (through the LATA Foundation) and in 2018 hosted a workshop with UK tour operators which started to examine ways of reducing plastic being used by travellers when they visit Latin America and Galapagos.
Latin Routes organise truly individual holidays to Latin America. In 2018 they helped raise over £1,000 for Restoring Floreana, through encouraging client donations, promoting the charity to their travel agent partners and even holding a ‘Bake Off’ in their office.
Water Wilderness & Wildlife – Equator to the Poles www.aqua-firma.com. Sponsor of the 2020 Galapagos Conservation Trust Photography Competition. In addition to tailor-made journeys, Aqua-Firma organise special Wildlife, Marine Life & Photography trips to the Galapagos, Andes and Amazon, including Shark Research Insights & Photography dive trips. Leaders include BBC TV Presenter, Mike Dilger; shark researcher, marine biologist and photographer Dr Simon Pierce; and director of Aqua-Firma, Ralph Pannell, formerly of Rainforest Concern.
The Tribes Foundation aims to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. In 2017, the Foundation provided support to build an interpretive trail highlighting historical, environmental and sustainability themes at Tomás de Berlanga (TdB) school on Santa Cruz island. The project provided better educational outcomes for students, trainee educators and, in turn, public school students across Galapagos. It also enhanced the educational experience of tourists and community visitors to the school.
Uniquely Galapagos is a responsible tour operator based in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, that provides a variety of high quality, sustainable experiences in Ecuador. Specializing in the Galapagos Islands and run by an Englishman, Brett Peters, they aim to combine British customer service with ‘Galápagueña’ hospitality to bring a local experience of the Enchanted Islands to all who travel with them.
Journey Latin America has been offering responsible visits to the Galapagos Islands and beyond for over 40 years. Their specialist focus throughout Latin America allows their team of travel experts (who all have first-hand knowledge of Latin America and a passion for sharing it!) to offer you unique experiences throughout the continent. Journey Latin America promotes a reduction in single-use plastics, animal welfare best-practice and supports a range of social and environmental projects throughout Latin America.
Andean Trails is a specialist, independent UK-based tour operator, operating a wide range of small group, custom and private tours across South America. Through their individually created tailor-made itineraries and small group departures, they share with you the spectacular wilderness areas, fascinating native cultures and diverse wildlife of this spellbinding continent. All of their UK office staff have lived and worked in South America, so we can give you a personalised service based on plenty of first-hand passion and experience.
Humboldt Travel specialises in tailor-made luxury holidays to Latin America. Using their in depth knowledge of the region they will help you design your perfect trip. Exceptional service and an attention to the small details makes them an expert in their field. The company actively promotes responsible tourism and supports a charity in every country they visit, by giving a donation for everyone booking a holiday in that country – including making donations to GCT for holidays to Galapagos.
Latin Trails offer customised trips to Galapagos, as well as to Ecuador and Peru. Their aim is to give people unique experiences, especially for their Galapagos Cruises. The company believe strongly in sustainable tourism and constantly review their tour programmes in order to find ways to minimise the impact their visits have on the localities in which they operate.
Exodus Travels have over 40 years of experience taking people on adventure holidays, including to the Galapagos Islands. As tourism becomes a truly global industry, Exodus recognise their obligation to operate tours in a responsible and sustainable fashion. They are committed to the well-being of local host communities and the natural environment that their clients are there to experience. They will be helping GCT fulfil its tourism strategy by educating visitors to the Islands about responsible tourism.
Established in 1986, Quasar Expeditions is the second oldest small yacht Galapagos cruise company in the Islands. From its early days, Quasar recognized that through responsible and sustainable tourism, as well as the education of the local communities, the wonders of the Galapagos could be preserved for the generations of tomorrow. This has translated to an ongoing contribution to various conservation projects in the Galapagos, as well as making ambassadors of conservation out of all who travel with their company.
Since 1998 Think Galapagos have specialised in organising Galapagos and Ecuador holidays for individuals, couples, families and friends, as well as leading small group tours to these remarkable places several times each year. Founders Rachel Dex and Santiago Bejarano have decades of experience living and working in both Galapagos and Ecuador, and together with specialist guides and tourism experts create bespoke trips to suit the needs of each individual or group.
Other corporate supporters include: