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Galapagos Islands Map Photo: Bartolome Island
What's Special About the Galápagos?

Ecuador's Galápagos Islands are one of the most ecologically important places on Earth. The 3,000-square-mile archipelago, made up of 13 large islands and over a hundred smaller ones, is home to an amazing variety of evolutionarily unique species—giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, penguins, boobies, and more.
Lindblad Expeditions and the Future of the Galápagos Islands

Lindblad Expeditions is the world's leader in exploring many of the most remote and pristine corners of the planet, including the Galápagos Islands. In 1967, Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first nonscientific expedition to the Galápagos, beginning Lindblad's legacy of responsible tourism in this unique archipelago.

In 1997, Lindblad Expeditions founded the Galápagos Conservation Fund (GCF), which has raised more than $3 million for projects on the islands, with 100% of funds raised going to support local conservation efforts. This fund, along with other Lindblad initiatives such as the "teachers on board" program, in which local teachers are able to learn about and explore all of the islands in order to teach future generations, puts Lindblad at the forefront of tourism stewardship and conservation.