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December 13, 2019 0

The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel was presented with the title of World’s Leading Green Hotel for 2019 by the World Travel Awards™ at their 26th annual ceremony, held earlier this month on December 3rd. The WTA recognizes and praises excellence in the tourism industry and to be a garden green hotel.

Located in the center of the archipelago, on the island of Santa Cruz, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel was honored for its environmentally responsible practices and sustainable tourism philosophies. For this Galapagos-based hotel, the most important thing is to preserve the pristine quality of the islands while sharing the enchantment and beauty of this place with travelers from all over the world.

Hotel Manager Javier Gómez says, “Our staff is honored to have received this award. It is a reflection of the dedication and love that our team demonstrates every day of the year, and it shows our commitment to the unique people and ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands.”

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Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel with its recently renovated pool.

 

What makes the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel a Green Hotel?

 Among the hotel’s responsible practices is the efficient handling of electricity. Finch Bay has incorporated the use of solar panels, LED lighting, and motion sensors. These changes were implemented in the wake of an energy audit conducted with Ecuador’s Ministry of Energy.

Additional energy-saving measures include encouraging guests to use lights and air conditioning units moderately. By limiting the amount of electricity needed for these two elements, the energy generated by the hotel’s solar panels can cover up to 70% of what is required to heat the hotel’s water.

Another one of Finch Bay’s responsible practices includes avoiding the use of plastic. To date, plastic has been almost entirely eliminated from every process at the hotel. For example, the property provides guests with reusable water bottles and doesn’t carry plastic-bottled beverages in their restaurant.

Chakrita: Finch Bay's organic vegetable garden
Also, Finch Bay has been able to greatly reduce the use of plastic in their kitchen and dining room. Their food is not available to go and they do not use disposable plates or flatware.

What is the Finch Bay Hotel’s commitment to the Galapagos Islands?

In order to support the local economy and the responsible consumption of organic products, the hotel makes use of providers based in the Galapagos Islands. Additionally, a fair amount of the fruit, vegetables, and other ingredients used in the Finch Bay’s kitchen are grown in the hotel’s very own organic garden.

Everyone who works at the hotel is a resident of the Galapagos Islands. As such, they share in the philosophy and commitment that distinguishes the Finch Bay Hotel as the only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World™ in the archipelago.

For example, each morning, the hotel staff comb the Playa de los Alemanes beach, located just in front of the property, and collect any trash they find. The hotel personnel has also planted over 500 mangrove trees in the surrounding areas in an effort to promote care for the environment and to conserve the beauty of this fragile ecosystem.

If you wish to learn more about the World’s Leading Green Hotel for 2019, we invite you to visit the website.

José Ayerve

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November 9, 2017 0

How to experience the Galapagos islands: land or sea?

In isles as enchanted as these, there’s always so much to see, so much to do… but what exactly are the ways to experience Galapagos? This blog explains exactly that: how to experience the Galapagos Islands. Basically, experiencing the islands can be narrowed down into two categories, the latter of which branches out into a handful of sub-categories. There’s a sea-based option and land-based option. Follow along in this blog to find out how to experience the Galapagos Islands.

How to Experience the Galapagos Option #1: On Land

Family posing next to Galapagos Giant Tortoises in Santa Cruz Island's Highlands
Explore Galapagos’ highlands and other incredible sites when visiting by land.

Look no further than the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel if you’re looking for a.) the only beachfront hotel on Santa Cruz Island and b.) an enriching, relaxing, and rejuvenating land (and sea! We’ll get to that below) experience. Staying on land is an option that caters to those more interested in experiencing the archipelago one step at a time, gradually taking it all in as it comes at your own pace and of course: lounging by the shore side with a nice drink in hand before heading into town to soak in the local island life.
Not to mention: it’s probably the best choice for those that are slightly more prone to seasickness (please note: there are “sea-sickness proof” cruises in the archipelago that help abate this symptom). However, those with sea legs that looking to head out and experience a little more of the archipelago while enjoying the comfort of their land-based option are privy to…

The Land & Sea Option

With its own Sea Lion Yacht, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotels offers its guests the opportunity to check out a number of the surrounding, beautiful islands from the comfort of a fully-equipped, luxurious and modestly-sized vessel. Guests are treated to a buffet lunch throughout their travels to the islands, and multiple activities are offered as well. And if you’re looking for an even more expansive way of experiencing the islands, there’s always…

Island-2-Island Hopping

Expand your horizons even further with this incredible option that grants guests the ability to fly from Santa Cruz Island all the way to the largest island of the archipelago that is Isabela. Add to the number of checkmarks that you’ve built up on your Galapagos BIG15 list of iconic species and revel in an even greater amount of majestic views by standing at the rim of one of the world’s largest craters.

How to Experience the Galapagos Option #2: At Sea (with Island Stops)

Trails at South Plaza Island in the Galapagos
Most of the islands in the Galapagos are uninhabited and you may not stay overnight.

Another great option for experiencing the islands is hopping on a cruise, which instantly grants you access to more visitor sites in the Galapagos National Park, species, islands and the company of an expert guide that will follow you along the whole way. It’s worth noting that a sea-based option grant guests the opportunity to visit places that simply can’t be accessed by staying on land (due to how far away certain visitor sites are). All-in-all, the best part about having these two options is the fact that guests can link them together if they wish. When it comes to looking for how to experience the Galapagos Islands, is it too much to ask for both options? With Metropolitan Touring, it never is.

Christopher Klassen

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