What Makes Galakiwi Different?
We are a direct operator
There is no middle man - it's just you and us. That means you will pay less and have a direct line of communication. By working directly with our clients, we are able to keep our cost low and pass that savings on to you. We don't staff an office full of telemarketers, we don't do paper advertising and we have little overhead. And - when we chat - you'll be talking to Laura, Tim or Crystal.
Been there, done that
We've been at this since the start of land-based touring in the Galapagos Islands and have had plenty of time to work out the kinks, build relationships, and anticipate the challenges of working in an archipelago off the coast of a third world country. Our experience and tenacity mean you get an incredible itinerary that runs smoothly and are connected with the some the best guides in the industry.
On the ground support
We live and work in the islands and in Ecuador - not another country. Our office is in the islands. Our house is just up the street. That means someone is nearby if the need arises and we are up to date and on top of things. And unless we are back home visiting family, that someone will be us.
Being able to work on the islands on a day to day basis allows us to build and maintain better relationships with the businesses we interact with to make this type of tour possible. We work hard to keep our ties strong to ensure our clients receive the best there is on all counts.
Restaurants go out of business before a guidebook can be published, visitor sites temporarily close, and the sea lions are more playful at 'this' beach. We make it top priority to be privy to all the happenings so we can make any adjustment necessary to ensure you experience the best of Galapagos.
We offer land-based adventures
Being on a land-based tour has a number of advantages - like having a nice stable bed to crawl into each night after the day's activities. It also offers the opportunity to get "off the beaten track" and experience the islands on a more intimate level. Relaxing sunset strolls, a quiet coffee in a local cafe and a refreshing pre-dinner caipirinha at the beach bar are just a few of the benefits.
Sustainable Responsible Ecotourism and all things green...
Whatever you want to call it, we do our part and try to help you do yours. We support the community in which we operate by utilizing local hotels, restaurants, guides, drivers, divers, captains, and crew - you name it. We strive to reduce waste by using reusable containers and refillable water bottles. We support community endeavors and organize volunteer projects. We are always looking for ways to give back and to improve the environment and culture in which we operate.
By joining us on any of our adventure tours you are directly contributing to the people of the Galapagos Islands. In doing so, you are providing the Galapaguenos with a sustainable income reducing the need for illegal fishing and other activities that can be environmentally destructuve. You are providing inspiration for the locals to be the conservationist needed to maintain the delicate ecosystem and you are contributing to the ongoing preservation of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Are you swelling with pride yet? Read more about our Green Operator practices.
How can you help us in this journey?
Don't forget your water bottle.
Turn your air conditioner off when you leave the room.
Save your long, steamy showers for home.
Read about Green Travel - what it is and how you can do it.
And of course, you can always donate money to one of the many available conservation projects or education processes in the islands.