Stay Green While Cruising the High Seas - Page 3

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ecotourism, Galapagos, Ecoventura
Ecoventura's Flamingo ship cruises into the Galapagos Islands.  (Ecoventura)

Even five- to 300-passenger vessels must follow environmental protocols and procedures. Since 1991, the family-owned expedition cruise line Ecoventura has been sailing the waters of the Galapagos archipelago. The small-ship company is a recognized leader in responsible tourism and is committed to the ongoing sustainability of the Galapagos' fragile ecosystem. It recognizes that a large part of sustainability comes from supporting environmental education and marine conservation and strengthening the local communities' ability to manage natural resources.

In February 2011, Ecoventura teamed up with the program Pack for a Purpose, which will assist in bringing school and medical supplies to the underprivileged youth of San Cristobal, the fifth largest of the Galapagos Islands. Pack for a Purpose encourages travelers to save room in their luggage for five pounds of supplies that can make a difference in the communities they visit.

Ecoventura President Santiago Dunn relates his company's philosophy: "We all live in this world and breathe the same air. The very least we can do is try to preserve it for our children and the generations to come." To that end, his company has worked hard to refurbish its fleet to meet its own ecology-minded standards. In 2006, Ecoventura launched the first hybrid yacht in the Galapagos by installing solar panels and wind generators.

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