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Recap of IGTOA's 2013 Galapagos Guide Training Course, by Jim Lutz

During the week of November 18-22 I had the good fortune to attend International Galapagos Tour Operators Association's (IGTOA) Five Star Guiding in Five Days course at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. The course was led by Sam Ham, who is a renowned guide training expert, and Tom O'Brien, a highly experienced and knowledgeable guide from Lindblad Expeditions.

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Attention Galapagos Guides: Apply Today for our Free 'Five Star Guiding in Five Days' Course

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a free guide training course at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz from November 18-22, 2013.

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IGTOA Donates $2300 for Emergency Pet Sterilization

IGTOA recently donated $2300 to the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency to conduct emergency pet sterilization campaigns on the islands of Isabela, Floreana, and Santa Cruz.

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Ashton Palmer Makes the “Dean’s List” of Travel Planners

IGTOA member ExpeditionTrips is proud to announce that Founder and President Ashton Palmer has been named a Condé Nast Traveler “2013 Top Travel Specialist” for Small-Ship Expeditions.

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IGTOA Featured on Green Global Travel

The popular eco-travel website Green Global Travel recently featured a story on IGTOA's efforts to support conservation and promote sustainable tourism in the Galapagos.

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Study: Human Activity Threatens Galapagos Sea Lions

A study conducted by the Zoological Society of London reveals that human influences, such as pets and pollution, are affecting the immune systems of endangered Galapagos sea lions.

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Ready, Set….Slow! Study Reveals that Galapagos Giant Tortoises Migrate

When most people think of terrestrial migratory species they’re likely to conjure up images of carib

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IGTOA Donates $60,000 to Galapagos Conservation

IGTOA and its members are providing close to $60,000 USD in 2013 to four different non-profit organi

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German Iguana Smuggler Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

A German citizen who was caught trying to smuggle four iguanas out of the Galapagos Islands has been

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Sarah Silverman Advocates for Galapagos Solar Development

Renowned comedian Sarah Silverman is putting the weight of her considerable name-recognition behind

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