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S/S Mary Anne
The S/S Mary Anne is an elegant first-class vessel that flaunts her sails over open waters.
M/C Yacht Anahi
M/C Yacht Anahi is a Power Catamaran Yacht built in Guayaquil, Ecuador and launched…
These ships present a different option to our sailing vessels to travel around the Islands.
Our belief is that tourism, conservation and social responsibility go hand in hand. They feed off of each other and can only thrive individually if equally accounted for. Andando Tours, and sister companies Humboldt Expeditions and Angermeyer Cruises, are proud to play an active role in promoting environmental awareness and participating in the sustainable development of the communities we work in. Our commitment to the people, the wildlife and nature of each of the destinations we operate in must be innegociable, because we are convinced that our success depends on the perfect equilibrium between running our business, helping societies develop sustainably and protecting and respecting the environment.
Andando Tours, guaranteeing environmental sensitivity and quality tourism every step of the way.
Andando Tours is a proud sponsor and supporter of Aldec (Alliance for Development, Education and Culture), formed in 1998 by a group of volunteer families who felt the need to dedicate their lives to the improvement of social conditions for at-risk children and their families in Quito. ALDEC benefits 200 children daily with meals, educational and social empowerment programs, as well as promoting interaction with working and unemployed parents in lower income areas of the city; and also housing a total of 20 homeless and abused children in its facilities.
Located in the Pambachupa neighborhood of central Quito, ALDEC (Alliance for Development, Education and Culture) is a non-profit organization committed to reaching out and improving living conditions of low income families, by helping children attain civic dignity through motivational, recreational and educational programs, as well as meals and in extreme cases, housing and refuge.
Aldec is comprised of two large facilities: Casa Aldec, where children from Quito's impoverished areas come every day to participate in diverse programs, and Hogar Meridional, which houses children suffering from parental abuse, abandonment, and extreme poverty. Our programs include a bakery, clothes donation, motivational speeches and seminars involving different social groups that are also fighting to improve living conditions of at-risk families; psychological support, promotion of artistic and recreative activities, as well as sports, adult schooling and aid to children whose parents have migrated to another country and have been left behind with a legal guardian.
Our 200 children and adolescents, ranging from 6 to 16 years of age, have left the dangers of street life behind, educating and preparing themselves for a future filled with promise and integrity. The 200 families we benefit on a daily basis are committed to their children's development and are improving their lives.
Just like so many of our planet’s natural resources that have been (and are being) depleted in the name of human prosperity, the Galapagos have also, throughout the centuries, fallen victim of Man’s misuse, ignorance and selfishness. Historically, most everyone who passed through the Galapagos sought only to reap personal benefits, disregarding the negative environmental impact they could be provoking. This attitude led to the decimation of giant tortoises, for example, and placed the entire ecosystem in peril, one that is in danger of being replaced by the rats, cats and mice of our modern cities.
The Angermeyer legacy has been one of environmental awareness from the very beginning. Through pioneering tourism operations in the islands, we have strived to raise awareness on their fragility, their importance and beauty, making sure everyone who visits them with us captures the grandeur of nature and the need for us to protect it.
On a fragile island ecosystem that has adapted to some of the most difficult environmental conditions in order to survive, any alteration can destroy, overtake, seriously endanger or extirpate the native species. Whatever goat, rat, cat, even seed from a harmless-looking raspberry that has crept off a boat onto an island in the Galapagos can turn out to be fatal to numerous native plants and animals. On all island systems of the world, extinction is a very present danger, and the Galapagos is no exception. All activities can thus seriously harm the entire food chain. We now understand this issue deeply and together with the Galapagos National Park and Fundación Galápagos, Angermeyer Cruises strictly adheres to all regulations, ensuring the long-term protection of the endemic species of the archipelago.
Angermeyer Cruises is a member of The Rainforest Alliance
Over 100,000 visitors from around the world travel to the Galapagos Islands to enjoy their holidays each year, some of which may, inadvertently, contribute to negative ecological impact through irresponsible tourism operation. Angermeyer Cruises are certified across the board by Smart Voyager, guaranteeing your stay in the Galapagos to be a safe one for you and the environment.
Smart Voyager is a certification program that strives to both promote sustainable tourism as well as minimize environmental impact from tourism activities. In 2002, the effective efforts of Smart Voyager in South America were acknowledged by UNESCO as a model to be emulated on all World Heritage Sites. As well as assuring an ecologically thoughtful operation in the Galapagos, Smart Voyager also guarantees benefits to local communities that work to preserve their natural surroundings.
Smart Voyager certification standards for tourism operation in the Galapagos guarantee:
Administrative policies that comply with national legislation and international agreements. Tourism that promotes and supports conservation in the Islands' National Park and Marine Reserve. Tourism that prevents the introduction of exotic species from the mainland or species dispersion from island to island. Wages and salaries that ensure socioeconomic stability to employees and their families. Adequate personnel training which includes environmental education. Commitment on behalf of the tourism operator to social wellbeing and economic development for the people of Galapagos. Proper control of consumption, provision and storage of materials to assure the wellbeing of tourists, workers and local communities and environments. Vessel policies that adhere to the appropriate minimization, reuse, recycling and treatment of wastes. The promotion of tourist awareness as to the importance of respecting and participating in the protection of natural resources and local communities, to thus minimise the environmental footprint of their visit to the Islands. Adherence to international security standards on all boats. Tourism projected, monitored and evaluated taking into consideration all environmental, technical, economic and social operational factors.
Managing a tourism operation in the Galapagos Islands demands great responsibility. The mere fact that we have devoted our life's work to protecting one of the world's most fragile ecosystems speaks of our care and devotion for the environment. But there is more to it than that.
Our commitment to these formidable Islands extends to the human population that inhabits them, who must live in communion with their unique natural surroundings if either is to thrive. It is vital that we promote sustainable development and environmental awareness amongst the true guardians of this patrimony that is the Galapagos Archipelago. We employ, outsource and collaborate with local farms, small businesses and associations, and partake in a series of social and environmental projects to improve the Galapagos Community as a whole. Read more about our efforts.
Angermeyer Cruises and Andando Tours faithfully support the wellbeing of the people of the Galapagos Islands. We are not a company that buys our own buses or facilities to meet the administrative needs of our cruises, nor do we seek to smother local sustainability by taking advantage of the mainland economy. Galapagos authorities work hard to improve the living conditions of Galapagos' residents, helping to secure jobs and promote sustainability through the enforcement of tougher immigration regulations on the islands. We are firm supporters of many of these efforts, and have been active politically in order to guarantee progress in this respect.
Most of our employees are from the Islands. This has proudly been our policy from the beginning, pre-dating laws that today are being imposed in the archipelago to achieve genuine sustainability. Inspiring stories amongst our crew and staff include those of three of our vessel captains who began as dinghy drivers.
Angermeyer Cruises' contribution is particularly evident in our efforts to help small businesses on the Islands prosper. Instead of expanding our personnel to resolve our every need in-house, we encourage local associations to supply us with their products and services. We donate, sponsor and are clients of a variety of community-based ventures, including those of the Gravel Farmers and the Perlas del Pacífico Bakery, run by a Galapagos women's association. We directly support the National Association of Galapagos Tour Companies (ASOGAL) in their sustainable development endeavours, in such projects as a handicraft museum/store that will enable Galapagos-based artisans to sell their products without middlemen, recycling programs with local communities, and consulting offices to aid small businesses with accounting and management.
From maintaining and refurbishing all Angermeyer vessels (our S/S Sagitta was entirely rebuilt on the Islands) to supplying our cruises with all necessary provisions, our policy is that of resolving issues locally. When booking with Angermeyer, you promote economic stability for the people of the Galapagos Islands.