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Galapagos Reforestation Project


Andean Discovery’s Endemic & Native Plant Garden was created to help preserve the natural ecosystem in Galapagos and to regenerate areas that have been affected by introduced species. With technical support from the Charles Darwin Foundation, we have selected species that are native to the “humid zone” in the highlands of San Cristóbal Island, where our Garden is located. Andean Discovery supports the Darwin Foundation by purchasing plants from its native and endemic nursery. The Garden is part of Andean Discovery’s Galapagos Private Camps, which boast panoramic ocean views.

Volunteers
Thanks to student, family, and individual volunteers, we are constantly expanding the Garden and making a noticeable impact on the landscape in San Cristóbal. All Galapagos visitors and local “Galapagueños” are welcome to join us in our efforts to preserve this unique ecosystem and to create awareness in local and international communities about the threats posed by humans in the Archipelago. Guests staying at our Private Galapagos Camp have the opportunity to leave a positive trace in Galapagos and reduce their carbon footprint by dedicating an hour or more of their time to planting endemic and native species.

Why The Endemic & Native Plant Garden?
The human presence in the Galapagos Islands has had an adverse effect on its unique flora and fauna by whalers and pirates for more than four centuries. When the first colonizers arrived in Galapagos in the 19th Century, the effect on the environment was compounded; the human population increased and plants and animals were introduced and replaced native and endemic species. For example, introduced rats, feral cats, dogs, and pigs ate the eggs or young of the native birds and reptiles. By the time the Ecuadorian government declared the Galapagos Islands a National Park in 1959, three of the 14 species of tortoises were gone forever and populations of others tortoises were near extinction. Some of these alterations of the natural ecosystem started being reversed due to the efforts of the National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation, which was created in the same year. Dedicated to research and conservation efforts in Galapagos, the Darwin Foundation inaugurated the Charles Darwin Research Station in 1965, which, to this day, plays a key role in local, national, and international partnerships to conserve Galapagos.

Galapagos Reforestation Project
Galapagos Reforestation Project

Galapagos Refrestation Project
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19