CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
Sunday September 20, 2020
Ten years and 422 stories later
CNH Tours has been helping people assemble their Galapagos trip of a lifetime since 1999 but it wasn’t until 2010 that we started publishing regular news items and stories we thought would interest our past, current and future guests.
On the 20th of September 2010, we published: THE ECONOMIST Magazine Features Galapagos and Danger Listing in this Week’s Edition. As an avid reader of THE ECONOMIST, I was very excited by the fact that the magazine's international section editor came to my UNESCO office in Paris to interview me for the story. I simply had to write it up for the website, making this the first of 422 stories that would follow in the next 10 years.
Our editorial policy over the years has been pretty constant. We focus on a variety of issues falling under a broad range of categories such as:
- Conservation success stories / threats
- Wildlife poachers / smugglers caught / prosecuted / sentenced / jailed
- Volcanic eruptions, tsunamis
- El Niño: Trying to predict when the next one will come (we’ve given up on that)
- Several stories on the possible increase in the park entrance fee. First announced in 2011, but yet to be implemented (we should give up on that too)
- The rise and fall of various National Park directors – most of whom are old friends
- The trials and tribulations of the Charles Darwin Foundation - a roller coaster of a ride
- Expedition cruise ships running aground and several cargo ships sinking
- The death of Lonesome George, his peripatetic corpse and the struggle for a final resting place
- Some beating of our own drum – highlighting awards, third party recognition of our work and that of our chosen partners and their staff in Galapagos
- Politics and economics of Ecuador
- Concerns over rapid growth in land-based tourism numbers
- Travel logistics matters we consider pertinent in planning your trip to Galapagos
No other travel company comes remotely close to publishing so many diverse stories and on such a regular basis. We hope that it conveys to our guests the fact that few travel companies know Galapagos as intimately as does CNH Tours. We have friends in all sectors of society there – from government to tourism to the fishing communities. We return to the islands regularly and, after this COVID has been cleared up, we intend to spend several weeks a year there to further strengthen our bonds with the islands and the people.
Over the years, we’ve covered some interesting items and we’ve also tried to come up with catchier / and sometimes rather sensationalistic titles. We provide links to a few below and invite you to have a look (be assured, none of this is fake news):
We look forward to continued coverage of stories we think our past, current and future guests will find interesting. We’ll provide an update on this story on 20 September 2030. See you then!