Responsible travel

The Galapagos Islands are a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. They need our protection.

Responsible Travel

When visiting such an important and sensitive area as the Galapagos Islands we must all take responsibility not to damage or negatively impact the ecosystem and its inhabitants.

We believe in responsible or sustainable travel (ecotourism).  The 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations said that responsible travel is travel ‘that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit’.

As a tour operator which sends a lot of people to the Galapagos, we do all we can to protect the islands.  We do this in a variety of ways.


Through our registered charity we helped finance a native garden scheme in the islands to address the problems associated with non-native species of plants. We did this in cooperation with the LATA Foundation and the Galapagos Conservation Trust, working alongside the Charles Darwin Foundation and the local population.

The Wider World

In addition to the above ways we try to help the Galapagos, we are also aware of our responsibility to the wider planet. With this in mind, for every person that travels with us, we plant trees in deforested areas of the world under the Travel Forest scheme run by the Tribes Foundation.  This helps offset your flights, but also helps deforestation of indigenous woodland in the areas the trees are planted.

Pioneers in Responsible Travel

When we first setup Tribes the founding ethos was to create a company with exemplary standards of sustainability. In fact, we were pioneers in bringing these core principles to the travel industry. Within a year of opening our business this was being recognised by important environmental and social organisations around the world and we were awarded the accolade of ‘Most Responsible Tour Operator’ by Tourism Concern.

Smart Voyager Yachts

smart-voyagerWe work particularly closely with yachts which have been certified by Rainforest Alliance under the Smart Voyager scheme. Click the logo for more details about this scheme, and on our yacht pages look out for the Smart Voyager logo. You know that if you choose one of the yachts with this certification, you are backing people who really care about the islands.


Galapagos Conservation Trust logoWe’d also encourage you to consider backing one of the main conservation organisations of the Galapagos. In the UK this is the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Rain forest Alliance logoTribes Travel and Rainforest Alliance have established an alliance to support Best Management Practices in Sustainable Tourism since 2009.