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Galakiwi Supports the Andean Bear Foundation

Wildlife is what draws so many people to travel with us in the Galapagos Islands. Working in an area that is a National Park makes it relatively easy to ensure all the species here are protected and safe.

On mainland Ecuador, there are additional threats to wildlife that are not as prevalent here in the islands, namely habitat loss. One iconic species that faces the threat of extinction is the Andean Bear, also known as the Spectacled Bear. The Andean Bear is currently listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The Andean Bear Foundation has been working hard for many years to improve the situation for these vulnerable species, for which there has not been a large amount of scientific research or studies done in the past.

By tracking wild Andean Bears and re-introducing orphaned ones, the Andean Bear Foundation is gaining great insights into habitat usage, feeding and denning characteristics of these impressive animals.

By finding ways to improve their chances of survival in the wild, and reducing human-bear conflicts, the Andean Bear Foundation is already making a difference.

Unlike the approachable wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, spotting one of these bears in the Ecuadorian wild is truly a special treat, as they are quite elusive and shy. Galakiwi is always happy to put together tours to the best national parks and wildlife areas in Ecuador, if you’re interested in learning more about the Andean Bear and other Ecuadorian wildlife.

To learn more about the Andean Bear Foundation, or to make a donation to their cause, visit them at: http://www.andeanbear.org

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  • Kath Silvester, New Zealand - 10-day Galapagos Adventure, May 2017
    The x-factor with Galakiwi's tour, being land-based, is the insight you get into real life on the Galapagos. This was what lifted our trip beyond the expected 'trip of a lifetime' to see the natural sights of the Galapagos, to a really meaningful (though short!) experience in another country and culture.
    Kath Silvester, New Zealand
    10-day Galapagos Adventure, May 2017
  • Jamie Jacobs, November 2015 - 10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour
    While I knew I would enjoy the Galapagos, the trip with Galakiwi became for me the highlight of our South American travels.
    Jamie Jacobs, November 2015
    10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour
  • Alison Gray, New Zealand - 6-day Land Galapagos Tour, March 2016
    We had a great land-based trip with Galakiwi -it as fun being ashore at night and wandering among the wildlife and with the locals in the street. And staying on an extra couple of days gave us time by ourselves but with full support from the Galakiwi team when we wanted it. The best of both worlds with a great professional approach. Thanks heaps as they say in NZ!
    Alison Gray, New Zealand
    6-day Land Galapagos Tour, March 2016
  • Chi & Jay, New Zealand - Custom Ecuador & Galapagos Wedding Tour
    We just wanted to write a quick note to say a massive thank you to everyone in Galakiwi who have helped make this trip so memorable for us. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed it.
    Chi & Jay, New Zealand
    Custom Ecuador & Galapagos Wedding Tour
  • Chris Urquhart, Canada - 10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, June 2016
    We spent a month in South America and our time in the Galapagos was the highlight. There were new delightful surprises multiple times a day. Our guide, Pablo, shared his enthusiasm with us and kept us entertained with great stories and fascinating information each and every day. The land based tour from Galakiwi was definitely the right choice. We have spoken to others that took ship based tours and we feel that we made a great choice with Galakiwi. It was the trip of a lifetime!
    Chris Urquhart, Canada
    10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, June 2016
  • Duly Lee, USA - Custom Galapagos Family Tour
    I had been planning a trip with my family for ages, and when the idea to go to Galapagos emerged, I thought what a better place to reunite with family and induce some very needed bonding opportunity. The fantastic natural setting was super conductive to this goal, but if it wasn't for GALAKIWI's immaculate service and attention it wouldn't have happened. So thanks to you guys for everything!
    Duly Lee, USA
    Custom Galapagos Family Tour
  • Larry Katz, USA - 10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, December 2015
    We are three couples with different interests and abilities, but the trip was great for all of us. The activities were a blast, our guide was top-notch and everything went just as we had hoped. We really loved it and would highly recommend Galakiwi to anyone thinking of a land-based Galapagos trip.
    Larry Katz, USA
    10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, December 2015
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    The Galapagos mountain biking adventure trip was an amazing experience. Having to dodge a giant tortoise in the middle of the road is not something that happens every day. A great way to see these beautiful and unique islands in a slightly more detailed way.
    Rachel Mundy, New Zealand
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