Aerial view of empty San Francisco Union Square during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Unexpected Effects of COVID-19 On the Environment

From the loss of loved ones and economic hardships to the mental and emotional stress that can come from isolation, COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to the world. The full effect of this pandemic might not be fully understood until years after we’ve managed to get it completely under control. And while the news is often grim, there are …

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A Quick Guide to Carbon Offsetting

As the threat of climate change continues to grow, more and more people are looking for innovative solutions to help reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. One of the more confusing and controversial solutions is carbon offsetting. If done right, carbon offsetting programs can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change. If done wrong, it could actually make …

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10 Ways to Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Today—May 15, 2020—marks the 15th annual Endangered Species Day! Celebrated since 2006, this day was created to bring awareness to the plight of endangered species and their habitats. Currently, there are over 1,300 endangered or threatened species in the United States. You might already know some of the animals on the list, like wolves and whales, but did you know …

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Top 10 Facts About Alaska’s Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is not the largest nor the oldest glacier in Alaska, but it’s arguably one of the most famous. The landscape is captivating and it has become a symbol of the environmental impact of climate change. It’s also an important and favorite stop on our Glaciers & Grizzlies Adventure tour. Which is why we’d …

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8 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Fifty years of making the world a greener place by drawing attention to environmental issues and encouraging action. From a small grass-roots movement in California to an international celebration that includes over 141 countries, it’s come a long way and has made a big difference. This year’s theme is a …

Protecting Coral Reefs – Our New Partnership with Reef Safe Sunscreen

Coral reefs are unique and colorful ecosystems that give life to countless sea creatures and provide wonderful opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving and underwater photography. With this article we hope to help raise awareness of current threats to these incredible reef systems and recommend products that are non-harmful alternatives to what is on the mainstream market. Why Are Reefs Important? …

New York Times Interviews Jared Sternberg

Q&A with Jared Sternberg Three years after founding Gondwana Ecotours, company president Jared Sternberg sat down with Diane Daniel of the New York Times to discuss the company’s growth and mission. We’re thrilled to be featured in such a personal way by the New York Times. Read the full interview on their website, or in print on their December 18th …

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Sustainable Travel Growing: Double Feature

Ecotourism Grows Reporting on the ecotourism industry, “…the Center for Responsible Travel revealed that sustainable travel once again outpaced the rest of the tourism industry as demand for more socially and environmentally focused tours” increases. As responsible travel grows, Gondwana Ecotours is excited to be part of this movement and facilitate sustainable travel between the traveler and the places we …

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Star Tribune Feature: Eco-Footprint Travel

Travel with a Small Eco-Footprint Gondwana has been featured in print and online by Star Tribune, reaching the audience of Minnesota and the world. We even secured the coveted featured photo, an image of the Kapawi Ecolodge. The caption reads: “Gondwana EcoTours sustains Ecuadorean communities with proceeds from eco-tour visitors.” Part of being environmentally conscious means taking responsibility for lifestyle …