Enjoy the Galapagos’ incredible wildlife from a first-class catamaran that helps protect fragile ecosystems with its low carbon footprint.
The EcoGalaxy’s intelligent onboard systems recycle fuel, save energy, and reduce water use throughout your visit. Complimentary biodegradable soaps and shampoos help protect Galapagos further.
Revel in the freedom of knowing your trip will leave only footprints.
The EcoGalaxy catamaran leads the Galapagos in low carbon emissions without cutting back on quality and style.
Generous interiors and eight modern, comfortable cabins come as standard, while spacious exterior areas augment your stay aboard.
The sun deck is perfect for keeping your travel journal up-to-date, watching the sunset, or enjoying a sundowner in this beautiful part of the world. Viewing windows from the bar and dining area mean you won’t miss a beat.
Fine dining—with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available—is your reward after a day exploring the Galapagos.
Days are spent exploring the Galapagos’ enchanting landscapes with the boat’s top-quality guide. As a bonus, the EcoGalaxy cruise package includes free use of onboard kayaks and snorkel equipment, including wetsuits and fins.
EcoGalaxy cruises last from five to 15 days. Why not visit the Galapagos on this stunning catamaran that will reduce your impact and maximise your holiday enjoyment?
Eco-friendly, low-carbon emissions Galapagos cruise
Free use of snorkels, wet suits, fins, and kayaks
Spacious twin, double, or triple cabins with panoramic windows
Complimentary EcoGalaxy biodegradable toiletries
Three diverse itineraries exploring the Galapagos’ hidden gems
Top-quality guide, crew, and chef
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Itinerary A (5 days) Tue-Sat
Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, you pass through an airport inspection point, pay the park entrance fee of USD 100 (unless prepaid), meet your guide, and collect your luggage.
Next, we head to the harbour to board the first-class catamaran, EcoGalaxy. After settling in and lunch, we set off on our first Galapagos visit.
Lobos Island is a small islet separated from San Cristobal by a narrow channel. It forms a sheltered bay where sea lion pups play in tidal pools.
Lobos Island is packed with wildlife, despite its diminutive stature. Its name comes from lobos marinos, the Spanish name for sea lions. There are plenty of chances to see and snorkel with these magnificent beasts.
There are often sea lions waiting to welcome us at our land spot. We’ll take a short walk (600m) around Lobos Island, looking for male frigatebirds inflating their famous red-throat pouches. Blue-footed boobies also nest here and may perform their renowned courtship dance.
The usually calm waters here are perfect for a first snorkel. Sea turtles and rays may skin across the sandy sea floor, while sea lions usually enjoy swimming around their human guests.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Santa Fe.
Santa Fe is home to one of the Galapagos’ most beautiful bays, with its turquoise waters and white sand beaches framed by giant prickly-pear cactus and lava rocks. Look closely, and you’ll see sea lions basking.
Today’s trail (800m) will hopefully reveal land iguanas, Galapagos hawks, and lava lizards. Keep an eye out for Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, and mockingbirds.
We’ll hop into the water once more, swimming in sheltered waters among the sea lions and hopefully spot some reef sharks. It’s not unusual to encounter large schools of fish here, including parrotfish and surgeonfish. Turtles and rays may also glide by. Kayaking is possible if conditions permit.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for lunch.
There are two Plazas, north and south, but only the southern island permits visitors. North Plaza is reserved for scientific research.
Upon landing, we’ll look for Galapagos land iguanas that may be feeding on prickly-pear cactus. Sea lions inhabit the tide pools, and large grumpy males defend their territories. Today’s trail (1,400m) takes us among a reddish succulent vegetation with scattered cacti, looking like a giant carpet.
Our destination is a clifftop to observe sea birds from frigatebirds to red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls and pelicans.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Seymour.
Today we’ll hope to see both marine and land iguanas, plus a plethora of magnificent and great frigatebirds. Blue-footed boobies nest on Seymour, while swallow-tailed gulls perch on its cliff edges. Our 1.4km walk will take us past all their nesting sites.
Snorkelling is a real highlight on Seymour, where sea lions often body surf in the waves. There is tremendous diversity in the local fish population before we add the sea lions, sharks, turtles, and rays we may see.
There’s more to Mosquera than its appearance as a barren sand bar. Sea lions love Mosquera, as do lava gulls, who scour the area for food.
We’ll walk among the wildlife on a sandy area for about 500m before our second snorkel of the day. Waves permitting, we’ll swim at the northern end of the island or else look for a more secluded spot along one of the beaches. The guide has the last say on if and where snorkels can be permitted.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Genovesa.
Darwin Bay (Genovesa)
Genovesa is where Galapagos feels completely unchanged for centuries. Birdwatchers love this island, while sea swimmers and snorkellers are also in for a treat.
Darwin Bay teems with wildlife; boobies, gulls, frigatebirds, owls, and hawks. The 700m trail sees hundreds of birds flying around. Look for doves, mockingbirds, lava & swallow-tailed gulls finches, and more. There are also sea lions and marine iguanas near the sea, plus Galapagos fur seals.
Darwin Bay can be a snorkel along the shallow waters by the beach or a deep-water swim along the surrounding cliffs. There is plenty to see at either site.
El Barranco, or Prince Phillip’s Steps, takes us on an exciting climb through Genovesa’s cliffs to their tops. Storm petrels and short-eared owls nest among the cliffs, while red-footed and Nazca boobies are abundant along the trail.
Conditions permitting, we’ll hop into the water and snorkel along the cliffs, where there are many fish and excellent chances of seeing sharks, rays and sea lions.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Baltra.
Wave goodbye to the boat and board a bus to the Highlands of Baltra. A reserve there, full of lush highland forests, is where we look for giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural environment. We hope to see these gentle giants casually grazing and resting in freshwater ponds. Some reach more than 300 kg/600 pounds in weight.
We’ll walk between 1-1.5km to spot these lumbering tortoises, which usually move so slowly you can get a great picture.
Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to mainland Ecuador, continue to itinerary B, or choose a Galapagos land-based extension.
Itinerary B (6 days) Sat-Thu
Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you pass through an airport inspection point, pay the park entrance fee of USD 100 (unless prepaid), meet your guide, and collect your luggage.
Charles Darwin Station
The Charles Darwin Station is a decades-old non-profit organisation that works to preserve the Galapagos Islands’ biodiversity. We’ll learn about how native species are protected and invasive ones eradicated in an attempt to save this fragile environment.
There are giant cacti to see alongside several endemic Darwin finches, flycatchers, and mockingbirds on the 2km trail. The Charles Darwin Station is a fascinating introduction to the Galapagos Islands.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Isabela.
Moreno Point (Isabela)
Moreno Point is a magical place. At first sight, it looks lifeless, with its extensive lava field.
We’ll walk a one-mile trail, heading inland where scattered brackish lagoons form sheltered oases of life. There are flamingoes, gallinules, ducks and herons. Back on the shore, we look for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, oystercatchers, and other shore birds.
We take our first snorkel in Moreno Point, where sea turtles and fish swim. Check the long seaweeds carefully, and you may see a sea horse.
Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)
Elizabeth Bay is a beautiful sheltered bay. Extensive mangroves and barren lava fields surround it. We hop into the dinghy to explore because there is no trail here. The boat explores the bay’s channels, pools, and coves, all teeming with life.
There’s a great chance to see penguins, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies and pelicans. We may see sea turtles and rays floating in the water around the boat.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Urbina Bay.
Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Urbina Bay is famous after a dramatic uplifting that occurred in the 1950s. A substantial section of the coast was pushed up to form a new land mass. The uplift exposed many hectares of previously submerged land.
Our 1.2km trail today takes us past this uplift. Look carefully for small shells and corals. We’ll also keep our eyes peeled for land iguanas and giant tortoises. Galapagos hawks also nest in the area.
This morning’s snorkel offers the chance to observe sea turtles, cormorants, and penguins.
Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Charles Darwin visited Tagus Cove, and we’ll follow in his footsteps. Today’s one-and-a-half-mile trail leads us through a dry Palo Santo forest full of Darwin finches and mockingbirds. There are also great views of Darwin’s Lake and Isabela’s northern volcanoes.
We’ll hop into the dinghies once more to spot penguins, cormorants, and marine iguanas, before jumping into the water. Tagus Cove has nutrient-rich waters famous for its sea turtles, penguins, and fishing sea cormorants.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Fernandina.
Espinoza Point (Fernandina)
Fernandina is one of the Galapagos National Park’s jewels, with an imposing active volcano and lava fields that hark to a primitive land. As soon as we disembark, we are surrounded by hundreds of marine iguanas; Espinoza Point has the largest colony in the Galapagos.
Sea lions bask on the beaches, and their pups play in tidal pools. We can look for flightless cormorants and Galapagos hawks along our one-mile walk. There are herons, pelicans, oystercatchers and many more shore birds.
The plankton-rich waters attract significant numbers of fish and sea turtles. A highlight here, conditions allowing, is watching marine iguanas feed on seaweeds underwater.
Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
Vicente Roca Point is surrounded by tall cliffs, offering spectacular landscapes and various volcanic features. We jump in the dinghies for a shore tour. We get a close view of pelicans, flightless cormorants, Galapagos fur seals, and marine iguanas. With luck, we may see dolphins. Whales may also swim past (June to October).
We snorkel here at Vicente Roca Point, keeping our eyes out for sea turtles, rays, penguins, and cormorants. Fan corals and sponges also grow on the cliff walls.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Santiago.
Puerto Egas (Santiago)
Puerto Egas is not a port, despite its name meaning that in Spanish. We land and head off on a 1.4-mile trail, looking for land and marine iguanas to ogle, plus the fantastic lava rock formations. Keep an eye out for Galapagos sea lions, herons, and more shorebirds.
The trail’s end is locally called ‘the grotto’ and is home to Galapagos fur seals.
We’ll hop into the water from the beach. This area has a rock floor, making it excellent for fish, turtles, and reef sharks—sea lions also like to dive in and swim with snorkellers.
Rabida is a small island famous for its iron-rich reddish lava rocks (rich in iron) and red-sand beach. Today’s mile-long trail takes us to a small saltwater lagoon where ducks, stilts and sometimes flamingos congregate. The views here are impressive, as is the bird life, with Darwin finches, flycatchers and mockingbirds present.
The coastal cliffs are home to Nazca & blue-footed boobies and herons. Rabida is where we can find the Galapagos’ two sea lion species: Fur and Galapagos seals.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Santa Cruz.
Our last trip today is in the dinghies around Black Turtle Cove. We’ll explore the cove’s shallow channels and coves in the boat. Beautiful mangrove forests surround Black Turtle Cove. At the same time, the waters are home to sea turtles, several species of rays, and reef sharks.
Black Turtle Cove is a vital mating area for turtles and a shark nursery. Schools of anchovies attract herons, pelicans and boobies to the site.
Then, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador, continue to itinerary C, or choose a Galapagos land-based extension.
Itinerary C (6 days) Thu-Tue
The name Bachas comes from a local mispronouncing of the word barge. Two barges were left on the island by the United States during World War II. Low tide unveils the boats’ iron skeletons from the white sands.
This spot is also one of the most critical sea turtle nesting grounds in the Galapagos islands, from November to May. Our mile-long walk takes us past several small saltwater lagoons. Here we may encounter herons, flamingos, and other aquatic birds.
You get wet on your first day in the Galapagos with an option to swim or snorkel from Bachas Beach. Watch for white-tipped reef sharks, rays, and colourful fish.
Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Our two-kilometre walk today will help us understand the creation of these volcanic islands. We’ll stroll among Pahoehoe lava, whose delicate textures are only visible in a few places worldwide. This seemingly barren landscape teems with life, including pioneer plants, lava lizards, and small birds.
Underwater is a different story. Jump from the dinghy into the sea or from the beach, and you’ll encounter a lively world. Look for large schools of fish, Galapagos penguins, reef sharks, turtles and rays.
Bartolome is one of the Galapagos’ iconic destinations. It is also one of the few where you may see penguins, other than the remote areas of western Isabela and Fernandina.
Pinnacle Rock is one of the Galapagos’ most dramatic viewpoints, with a beautiful peach-colour sand beach at its feet. We hike for about a mile today, up to a viewpoint over Pinnacle Rock and the volcanic lunar landscape, with many other Galapagos islands in the background.
The snorkel here is deservedly known as one of the best in the islands, thanks to its clear, calm waters and the Galapagos penguins that dart around. Add diverse and colourful fish, reef sharks, turtles, and possible rays, and it’s easy to fall in love with Pinnacle Rock and Bartolome.
Santa Cruz Highlands
Board a bus to head to the Highlands of Baltra. A reserve there, full of lush highland forests, is where we look for giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural environment. We hope to see these gentle giants grazing and resting in freshwater ponds. Some reach over 300 kg/600 pounds in weight.
Charles Darwin Research Centre
The Charles Darwin Station is a decades-old non-profit organisation that works to preserve the Galapagos Islands’ biodiversity. In the afternoon, we’ll learn about how native species are protected and invasive ones eradicated in an attempt to save this fragile environment.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Floreana.
Punta Cormorant & Devil’s Crown
Punta Cormorant, in the north of Floreana, is known for its sizeable coastal lagoon with American flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, black-necked stilts, and other shorebirds.
We’ll walk a mile around a beautiful white sand beach, a vital nesting ground for green sea turtles. There’s also a chance to see rays and reef sharks. Recently, a small group of blue-footed boobies has started breeding next to the trail.
Devil’s Crown is the snorkelling highlight today. The Devil’s Crown pokes its rocky crown out of the sea from what remains of a heavily eroded volcano. Hugh schools of snapper, creole fish, parrot fish, angelfish, reef sharks, sea turtles, and rays swim around the crown thanks to its plankton-rich waters. There is a current at the Devil’s Crown, which pushes snorkellers around the crown.
Post Office Bay
Floreana is an island wrapped in mystery and intrigue. Assassinations, disappearances, and other mysteries are all part of its legend.
Traditionally, Post Office Bay was a stopping point for whalers who would anchor their ships, replenish fresh water from the highlands, and take tortoises for food. They also set up a mailing system. Sailors left their letters in a barrel on the back which other mariners would pick and take to their destination country and their intended recipient.
The system works today, so remember to bring and send your postcards.
There’s a short beach walk to the barrel and a lava tunnel, which we visit in the dinghy. Another snorkel awaits; turtles, rays, and possibly a Galapagos penguin may be in attendance.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, Española.
It’s a mile-long walk on a rocky trail at Suarez Point today, but well worth it as it’s one of the highlights of the Galapagos.
Sea lions and marine iguanas will no doubt welcome us to the island, along with Nazca and blue-footed boobies, gulls, and tropicbirds. At the end of our trail, we visit a colony of waved albatross (present April to January). Waved albatrosses are the largest bird in the Galapagos islands with their powerful flight and elaborate courtship. They only nest at Española in the archipelago.
Gardner Beach is one of the most attractive beaches in the Galapagos, with fine coral sand and turquoise waters giving it a tropical appearance. We can walk among the sea lions basking on the beach and look for the Española mockingbird, marine iguanas, and Galapagos hawks.
The snorkel is wonderful here. Look for sea lions, reef sharks, rays, and many species of fish, including angelfish and parrotfish.
We return to the EcoGalaxy for dinner and set sail for tomorrow’s destination, San Cristobal.
We land on San Cristobal and head to the Interpretation Centre on the outskirts of Puerto Baquerizo. This centre traces human history in the Galapagos Islands, from the early Spanish explorers to the present times.
This exhibition features Charles Darwin and guides you through the dangers and struggles the first settlers experienced surviving in the harsh Galapagos environment.
Then, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador, continue to itinerary A, or choose a Galapagos land-based extension.
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Accommodation in double, twin, or triple cabin, bilingual naturalist guide (English-Spanish), all meals from lunch on the first day to breakfast on departure day, free purified water, tea, and coffee, visit as per itinerary, shared Galapagos transfers airport-yacht-airport, snorkelling gear (mask, tube, and fins), wetsuits, kayaks, eco-friendly shampoo and soaps, room or beach towels, towel dryer.
International flights, Round trip flights to the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park fee, Galapagos Ingala fee, soft and alcoholic drinks, personal items, souvenirs, tips, travel insurance, personal items, Ecuador services.
The EcoGalaxy was built in 2015. All EcoGalaxy’s cabins feature convertible beds, panoramic windows, and an eco-style decorative theme.
Each has a private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning, hair dryer, towel dryer, internal phone, safe, and wardrobe. They measure 20-22 square metres.
Lounge: Sea view plus television, DVD, and a small library.
Dining room: National and international cuisine, room for 16 people, with a 24-hour coffee station.
Bar: Enjoy cocktails and national and international drinks (not included in the cruise price).
Sundeck: A 360° view is available, and the lazy chairs are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the vistas.
The crews are “Galapagueños”, guides, captains and crew members were born and raised in the Galapagos Islands.
The Naturalist, English-speaking guides have studied and been trained at Charles Darwin Scientific Station, and have long years of experience guiding at the Galapagos Islands.
Without doubt your on-board naturalist guide is the crucial pivot for your experience in the Galapagos. EcoGalaxy guides use their extensive experience to lead the excursions, to search and identify species and point out interesting details; besides taking care of your safety and compliance of indispensable conservation rules.
Above all our guides share their knowledge, love and respect for the Galapagos’ stunning ecosystem. Their explanations (in English and Spanish) and fascinating stories about animal behaviour, intriguing ecosystems and survival strategies can bring nature even more to life; not only in the field, but also during lectures or daily briefings aboard.
There will be a total of 9 crew aboard the EciGalaxy looking after your needs in Galapagos.
EcoGalaxy’s chef prepares the most exquisite traditional local and international dishes.
All EcoGalaxy cruises include vegan and vegetarian options. Kosher is available upon request and at extra cost.
There is a varied menu of local and international dishes with a choice of two meals at lunch and dinner. Breakfast is buffet-style. Food is healthy and delicious, and snacks and juices are served in-between meals.
Free drinking water is available in the lounge 24 hours a day. Bathroom water is desalinated and unsuitable for drinking; desalination helps protect precious freshwater resources on the Galapagos Islands.
Every visit to each island involves an easy or moderate walk, which can last between 2 to 3 hours, and are not considered strenuous. The longest walk is around 1.3 miles/2km. On these walks you will be led by an expert naturalist guides in a small group along clearly marked trails. They will explain in great detail all the wonders of each of our carefully selected itineraries. Most days there are two guided walks on a specific island where you will be able to walk and hike on beaches, lava fields, alongside cliffs and around mangrove estuaries.
Snorkelling in the Islands is the highlight of the Galapagos cruise for many of our guests.
EcoGalaxy provides fins, masks, and snorkel, plus long wetsuits for free.
You have the opportunity to go snorkelling almost every day – snorkelling with marine iguanas and with playful sea-lions are some of the highlights, as well as with green sea turtles, penguins and an incredible variety of colourful reef fish. On the western islands the water is a little colder but teaming with life. There are beach snorkels for beginners and deeper waters.
There are four two-person sea kayaks to use for free. Crew shadow you in a dinghy for your safety. The guide has the final decision on whether and where kayaks can be put into the water.
Dinghies, or “Pangas” as they are known in Galapagos, are inflatable zodiacs that serve as the main transportation method from our Galapagos yachts to the visitor sites. At several times during your week-long Galapagos travel adventure, you will have the chance to enjoy dinghy (or panga) rides in shores, mangrove estuaries, coves and caves.
The first-class motor yacht EcoGalaxy is perfect for couples, families, and adventure travellers, especially those looking for an environmentally friendly tour.
EcoGalaxy has low emissions, maximises its fuel consumption, and uses energy-saving LED lighting throughout. Furthermore, it offers vegetarian, vegan, non-gluten, and Kosher dining options.
These magical islands comprise of 50 volcanic islands of varying shapes and sizes, which lie 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador.
Here, unlike anywhere else on Earth, you can enjoy a thousand close encounters with a weird and wonderful variety of ‘friendly locals’, including giant tortoises, fur seals, sea iguanas, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies.
Read our Galapagos Islands Guide and more about diving.
In 1535, Tomás de Berlanga, Bishop of Panama, floated into this archipelago and named it Galapagos after the giant tortoises he encountered. Pirates used the islands for refuge and to bury their stolen treasure after that.
The islands’ most celebrated visitor was Charles Darwin, who arrived aboard the HMS Beagle in 1835. The rare life forms he encountered helped him formulate his theory of evolution, which he published in The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
It wasn’t until 1959 when it became part of Ecuador’s national park system that this fragile ecosystem with its rare and endemic species came under protection.
In 1979 the Galapagos archipelago was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When to visit Galapagos Islands: weather and wildlife
There is no real ‘best’ time to visit Galapagos on holiday as there is always wonderful wildlife and weather to enjoy. Read our blog for more.
Most animals – tortoises, sharks, sea lions and boobies – are found year round and many of the species here are non-migratory.
The Galapagos Islands are located right on the equator so air and water temperatures do not vary by much.
Having said that, there are two recognised seasons, and each months brings natural marvels for the visitor to enjoy.
Below is our quick guide to the weather and wildlife you can find on the Galapagos Islands.
General weather information
The warm season (Jan-Jun)
Sea temperatures: 22-25°C / 72-77°F
Land temperatures: 21-32°C / 72-90°F
The dry ‘garua’ season (Jun-Dec)
Sea temperatures: 15-22°C / 60-72°F
Land temperatures: 18-24°C / 65-75°F
Air and sea temperatures in Galapagos, month-by-month
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Galapagos – general advice
Galapagos is warm and humid, and you will need t-shirts (moisture wick-away or breathable t-shirts can be very useful, it can get very hot in the day), shorts, lightweight skirt or trousers and bathing suits.
One or two cotton shirts can be used to protect you from sunburn, especially when snorkelling (not very elegant worn in the water over a swimsuit, but practical – and Galapagos is NOT an elegant place!).
You may want to change into different clothes for the evening, but don’t take anything dressy or smart – there really is a very relaxed atmosphere on board.
Pack something warm for going on deck in the early morning or evening a fleece, maybe, and a sweatshirt – and a waterproof for the Highlands.
Strong sandals, trainers, or light hiking boots are ideal footwear – you may like to have something suitable for easy walks and another for tougher terrain – your guide will advise you daily what the walking will be like. Most boats ask passengers not to wear heavy shoes on board.
Do take a hat!
Seasickness tablets if you think you will have problems – i.e. Sturgeon, or Mareol if you buy them in Quito. The sea can be choppy, so it is recommended to take them as a precaution.
Galapagos – detailed kit list
The Galapagos Islands are a very fragile environment and the arrival of more and more inhabitants to the islands, as well as tourist have an impact.
Please try to minimise your impact by:
Pleasantly warm during the day, but can be quite chilly during the morning or at night when you might want a jacket or a fleece, plus a waterproof.
You may want to dress up a little more in the evening here, depending on where you are staying, and what sort of restaurant you like.
Conditions here are similar to Galapagos – hot and humid. T-shirts and shorts in the day, and like Quito, something smarter for eating out in restaurants at night.
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Students Study Food Insecurity & Climate Change in Peru University of Edinburgh students and teachers report back from Peru, where they learned how traditional farming techniques could help prevent climate change and reduce food insecurity. The team visited coastal Lima, the Cusco Highlands, and the cloud forest. For Andean Trails and our local team, it was a chance to showcase a side of Peru that many visitors may not see when passing through. It went so well that the University has already signed up its team to another Food Security tour in the spring of 2024. Learning About …
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