Fernando Diez
Written by Fernando Diez Marketing Director at Quasar Expeditions

Updated: June 22, 2022
Published: March 03, 2021

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In recent decades, the need to preserve our beautiful planet and live sustainably has become ever more prevalent. Reducing, reusing and recycling are three easy elements that are being adopted in all aspects of life - these small changes working towards a larger goal of zero waste. This refers to minimizing waste from gas, electricity and water as well as rubbish that is sent to landfill sites.

Within travel companies such as Quasar Expeditions, there is a high level of commitment to delivering eco-friendly trips in order to maintain the environment for future generations. Alongside our efforts, travelers can take responsibility for themselves by making some small changes. These include:

Borrowing rather than buying
For rarely used items such as a snorkel; borrow from a family member or friend rather than buying new.

Packing sensibly
Taking some time to plan outfits will prevent over-packing and reduces the need for last-minute single-use purchases once abroad.

Assess transport options
Walking or taking public transport is much more eco-friendly than taking a taxi and can provide more cultured experiences.

Changes like these are very easy for travelers to adopt and over time, have a positive impact on working towards the industry goal of zero waste travel.

Quasar Expeditions is Committed to Providing Sustainable Travel

Over three decades ago, Quasar Expeditions’ foundations were built upon a dream to show travelers world treasures like the Galapagos Islands. Through a determination to provide only sustainable tourism; past, present and future travelers are enjoying the same beauty.

Not only do we strive to preserve the environment onboard our Galapagos cruises through carbon-neutral emissions and the ban of single-use plastic, we also give back to the local communities that are visited and partner with organizations that help to combat issues such as over-tourism.

Working alongside respected companies such as WWF and Carbon Fund, we are constantly striving to achieve zero waste, carbon-free travel. When booking a Patagonia tour with us, travellers can travel confidently and proud in the knowledge that their trip is not having a damaging impact on the sights that they visit.

Galapagos Giant tortoise on an egg in the Galapagos
A private tour guide planting a tree with guests on a Quasar Overland Safari

Benefits of Reducing Waste Within the Travel Industry

Working towards zero waste not only on our Patagonia wildlife safari but within the travel industry can have multiple benefits for the traveller, travel company and local communities as well as immeasurable benefits for the environment.

A perhaps surprising advantage of traveling in a sustainable manner is that it can save money! Eliminating single-use plastic, avoiding shopping sprees before a trip and purchasing shampoo, conditioner and soap bars to take are just a few elements that can reduce costs for the traveller.

When looking to eat out, choosing a local restaurant or take-away not only enhances the cultural experience and provides a more authentic trip but also gives back to the local communities. A similar approach can be taken when purchasing essentials; choose local shops over larger chains.

It goes without saying that taking steps to actively travel sustainably ultimately ensures the preservation of breathtaking sights for the traveller and future generations to visit again and again. This in itself, is enough motivation to travel in the most eco-friendly way possible.

A girl picking up trash to help recycle and reduce waste

Research Sustainable Travel Companies Before You Book

The next time you book a vacation, look for companies that deliver sustainable tourism such as Quasar Expeditions and our eco-friendly Galapagos Islands vacation packages help to ensure the preservation of the beautiful destinations that you visit.

Dolores Gangotena, Founder of Quasar Expeditions, standing by all the girls of the Galapagos Scouts

Speak to A Galapagos Islands Specialist Today

Speak with a member of our team to begin planning your next getaway today. You may be interested in a private Galapagos charter, or maybe a Galapagos family cruise? Or you may wish to dive, snorkel, sail and hike your way around the islands. With the Galapagos home to over 9000 species of wildlife, how many will you encounter?

Fernando Diez
By Fernando Diez
Marketing Director at Quasar Expeditions

Hi, I am Fernando and travel is my passion. This passion began with my first trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1986 and later became my work when I started working at Quasar Expeditions. Now the Marketing Director for Quasar and responsible for the creation of the Patagonia Project in Chile, my passion for travel continues to grow to new and exciting destinations in South America.